I usually don’t post on Tuesdays, but my September Upper Bucks Free Press newspaper column just came out and I wanted to share it because it is about a local author who I met a couple of times and she is SUPER nice AND she writes great books! Below is my column (with a couple of extras) or you can see the newspaper version at the UBFP site by clicking HERE (it’s on page 13)
Meet Bucks CountyAuthor – Debbie Dadey!
Debbie Dadey is the author and co-author of 155 books for children, including the Adventures of the Bailey School Kids. Debbie is a former first grade teacher and school librarian who now resides in BucksCounty with her three wonderful children, three dogs, and one fabulous husband, Eric Dadey. Her website is http://www.debbiedadey.com/and she hopes you’ll like her on http://www.facebook.com/#!/debbiedadey. She volunteers at Christ Home and The Moland House.
Ms. Dadey’s newest series is called “Mermaid Tales.” In Book 1, Trouble at Trident Academy, Shelly (a mergirl) is worried about starting school at TridentAcademy, one of the best schools in TridentCity. It doesn’t help that there is a mean rich mergirl in Shelly’s class named Pearl who doesn’t like Shelly. With the help of Shelly’s best friend, Echo, Shelly hopes to still have a good time at TridentAcademy!
I got to ask Ms. Dadey a few questions about this series and her newest book, “A Whale of a Tale.”
Erik – Your new series is “Mermaid Tales.” How did you get the idea for this series?
Debbie Dadey - I had just gotten back from a beach vacation when an editor from Simon and Schuster emailed me asking if I’d be interested in writing about mermaids. I thought it sounded fun and I did some brainstorming. They liked my ideas and Mermaid Tales, complete with TridentAcademy and a fun group of merkids, was born.
Erik – I like that the whole plot idea of writing about merkids in school. TridentAcademy sounds like a cool place. The new book in the series, “A Whale of a Tale,” was recently published (August 28, 2012). Can you tell us about the story?
Debbie Dadey - An exciting part of school is a field trip, but when your school is under the ocean you go on ocean trips. How exciting to get to visit a humpback whale pod! Only one mermaid, Kiki, is afraid of whales. Will Kiki get over her fear and get to breech on the back of a whale? I hope you’ll read to find out. When I was doing research for the book (as I do for every book) I found out my nephew had actually swam with humpbacks so he told me about it so I could use it in the story.
Erik – WOW! I’d like to go on that field trip! If you were a mermaid, what kind of mermaid would you be?
Debbie Dadey – I would probably be Shelly, the mermaid in Mermaid Tales, who likes sports and animals. And she has a blue tail, my favorite color!
Erik – I really like hearing how authors do research for their books. It is neat that your nephew was able to help you with his whale experience. I read on your website that you went skydiving to get an idea for a book. I would LOVE to know about that!
Debbie Dadey – I have a story that I’ve been working on for a while about a kid who helps an older woman for the summer. The old lady decides she’s never done anything exciting and decides to sky dive! The kid tries to talk her out of it. After all, what if her false teeth fell out of her mouth and killed someone on the ground? But since the older lady was going to do it, I felt like I needed to do it for research! I’ve also gone to space camp and dropped 400 feet into a shark tank for research! Luckily, I was separated from the sharks!
Erik - Thanks Ms. Dadey! Mermaid Tales is a great series for young readers and kids just looking for a fun story. I am also a huge fan of Ms. Dadey’s other series like the Key Holders and the Bailey School Kids. To read more please check out my website thiskidreviewsbooks.com!