The Howling Vowels by Leslie Schultz is now available as a nearly 6-hour long fantastic audiobook read by Kerri Wagner.
Yes! Wright on Time: Minnesota, Book 5 is now available!
- Author: Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
- Illustrator: Tanja Bauerle
- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Do Life Right, Incorporated (November 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937848027
- ISBN-13: 978-1937848026
- Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
- Retail price: $12.99 US
The Howling Vowels by Leslie Schultz is becoming a popular book club book. Leslie put her “Alexa” hat on and came up with these great questions, all from Alexa’s point of view. This is so fun!
Alexa Asks: Book Group Discussion Questions
A Note from the Author:
Hi Everyone! I am so glad that you read The Howling Vowels and are talking about it with other readers. Below is a list of questions that I created. Just for fun, I wrote the questions as if Alexa were right there with you asking them. (If you read the book, you know how she likes to talk! If you think of other great questions that would make this list better, I would love it if you would let me know at www.winonamedia.net.
Thanks! Happy reading! Happy discussing! All the best,
Hi! Alexa Stevens here again. Thanks for reading about me. Guess what? I have some questions for you,about what you thought of my story and about your own life story.
(1) Did you have a favorite chapter in The Howling Vowels? Which one? Why was it your favorite?
(2) Did you have a favorite character?
(3) Which Vowel did you feel was most like you? Why?
(4) I am an only child, so that is all I know. I wonder how my life would be different if I had a sister or a brother. Do you have siblings, or are you an only, too? Have you ever wished for more siblings than you have, or fewer? Why or why not?
(5) Parents are a big part of my story and my life so far. What is your favorite thing about your parents? What would you like to change if you could? Do you wish you spent less time with them? More time?
(6) Moving to a new house is a big deal, while moving to a new city is huge! It was hard for me to leave what I knew and loved, but it turned out to be an opportunity. Have you ever moved? If you had to move out of your current state, where would you go? Why?
(7) Would you like to live in Sundog, Minnesota? Why or why not?
(8) You know a little about my passions for Irish dance, films, science, and Norse myths. (Well, and questions!) What do you think are the passions of the other Howling Vowels characters, both the kids and the grownups? What are your passions? Who shares them? What is the craziest thing you ever did because you were excited by an idea?
(9) My friends are like me in some ways – and way different in other ways! What about your own friends?
(10) Have you ever had a misunderstanding with a friend, like I did with Otto when I tried to get him interested in the science fair? If you did, what happened?
(11) My friends learn in different ways and have different kinds of schooling. What about you? Do you have a favorite thing to learn about? How do you learn best? Do you think learning new things is a form of fun or a form of work – or both?
(12) Have you ever had to comfort a friend, like I did when Eduardo told me about his sister? How did you know what to say or do? Why do you think he didn’t tell me about his sister before El Dia de los Muertos?
(13) Ursula isn’t a complainer, but she was having a hard time after her parents’ divorce. Have you ever had a friend with a really big problem?
(14) Would you like to read another book about me and my friends? (I hope so, because I am working on another one right now!)
Okay, that is about all for now, so I’ll sign off. If you want to send me any thoughts or drawings, write to me at winonamedia.net!
Meet Michelle Barone as she tells us about Doing Passions Right!
Michelle Barone is a family therapist, and parent educator/natural learning consultant. She is also a Certified Neuro Emotional Technique practitioner and a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology. She weaves her knowledge and experience together to support and facilitate change and growth in mind, body and spirit. Her passion is helping people live in joy and harmony.
Michelle feels so honored to be a guide for people on their life’s journey. She loves homeschooling/unschooling, watching children blossom, and seeing families living lives worth living. She works with adults as they heal and/or transform their life wounds to create the lives they want.
In “Doing Passions Right,” Michelle tells us about her passion of helping people connect to their joy and the use of energy psychology/medical tools (specifically pondering and playing) to do just that.
I’m super excited to announce the middle-grade novel, The Howling Vowels, as the latest addition to the Do Life Right, Inc. catalog. When I first read the manuscript, I said to myself, “Wow! This is a modern Little House type of book about a very realistic homeschooler of today!” With lots of love and hard work, author Leslie Schultz has perfected this modern tale of the homeschooling life in Minnesota, and illustrator Heather Newman (of Cody Greene and the Rainbow Mystery) has turned these sweet characters to life with her lovely illustrations.
From the back cover:
“Look! Five vowels, all howling!”
Welcome to Sundog, Minnesota! When homeschooled, Norse-myth-obsessed Alexa Stevens moves from New York City, she doesn’t know what to expect. What is a small town like? Explore a new landscape with Alexa as she observes wolves in the wild and forms a close pack of friends.
Meet A, Alexa: a lover of words and questions, quirky and sprightly, she wants to know everything so she can know the whole story; Meet E, Eduardo: tall and mysterious, with a streak of sadness, he speaks Alexa’s language and has a few tricks up his sleeve; Meet I, Isabelle: quiet and tiny, with big eyes that take everything in, she is good with her hands and good to confide in; Meet O, Otto: always in motion, with laughing eyes, he dances his way into Alexa’s heart; Meet U, Ursula: strong and headstrong, Ursula has a lot on her shoulders as she dreams of adventure and making her own way in life.
Join city girl Alexa as she tastes unfamiliar seasons, comes to know her friends, really sees herself, and discovers her own way to make her mark on the world.
- Author: Leslie Schultz
- Illustrator: Heather Newman
- Buy from Amazon here.
- ISBN: 0982482973
- ISBN-13: 978-0982482971
- LCCN: 2011940591
- Retail price: $12.99
- Published date: November 3, 2011
- Publisher: Do Life Right, Inc.
From the back cover:
THERE’S A REASON IT STAYED LOST.
When five teens in Sahuarita, Arizona, find themselves in the middle of worldwide cataclysms, earth-controlling Joe rounds up super-strong Grace, information-absorbing Natalie, weather-making Valencia, and fire-starting Drake, in order to help defeat the force which created all the destruction. While overcoming unleashed mythical creatures and rebuilding their community, the team struggles to change the fate of a now fractured Earth.
What does the mysterious box have to do with anything?
Does Levi have plans of his own?
Can these strangers bring their powers together and save the world?
- ISBN-13: 978-0-9824829-8-8
- Written by Caja Coyote
- Illustrated by Sage Echo Sirotkin
- $12.99 U.S.
- 362 pages, YA novel
- Published by Do Life Right, Inc., October 2011
WHERE TO BUY:
Continue on the adventure with the Wright family as they continue their 50-state, 50-month, RV-living, homeschooling adventures through Utah as they explore on a dinosaur dig.
Wright on Time: Utah, Book 2 is the second book in the Wright on Time series of children’s chapter books by author Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley. Although part of a series, this book can be read independently. Published in December 2009.
With my recent interview on Louise Wise’s “Wise Words” blog and recent exposure of having one of the “50 Best Blogs in the Unschooling Movement”, I realized that I haven’t posted much personal information on this site about who I am and why I, Lisa Cottrell-Bentley, started Do Life Right, Incorporated. Here are a few common questions I have received. If you have another, please let me know and I’ll answer as many as I can.
Who am I? I’m Lisa Cottrell-Bentley, a unschooling/homeschooling mother of two brilliant and beautiful daughters. I live in southern Arizona with my wonderful daughters, amazing husband, and five spunky cats. We love solitude and live out in the Sonoran desert on ten quiet acres. I’m originally from Iowa/Illinois, and have lived in Arizona since 1999.
What do I do with my days? Well…it depends on the day. My family spends a lot of time at home, yet a lot of time traveling. We love the balance. I write articles for my own sites (and I have quite a few), as well as Vegan Mainstream. I’ve been a Girl Scout Leader (of the best troop on Earth) for ten years now. I’ve been teaching Creative Writing classes to kids and teens for about a year (I *love* this passionately). I also, obviously, spend time writing fiction stories of my own, editing other authors’ work, marketing, doing interviews, taking care of finances, publishing books, and much more related to making my business run smoothly while growing.
Why did I start a publishing company? Great question! This is probably the #1 question I’m asked by interviewers. A little history: I started Do Life Right, Inc. in 2005 as a consulting company, helping people out with their personal conversions to homeschooling and/or vegan lifestyles. We incorporated in October 2007. We turned the company into a publishing company in April 2009, with an influx of capital from a private investor.
After years and years of my older daughter becoming frustrated with all the children’s books she was reading, we discussed why she didn’t like the books she was reading and what the ideal book series would be. She was frustrated with all the books that were school centric, had deceased (or at least absent) parents, had siblings and friends who hated each other, etc. Her ideal book would be a series of books where the characters had true growth, siblings loved each other, parents participated in the lives of their children, and school (and/or the hatred of school) was not the focus of the book. She wanted action and adventure, mysteries, and science fiction details.
Since nothing like that existed yet, I set out to write this “perfect” series. Once I’d written several books of the series, I took these manuscripts to publishers and agents. The only feedback I received was that while the writing was great, I needed to “get rid of the parents, make the siblings not like each other, get rid of the homeschooling aspect,” and basically make it just like every other book out there–the exact opposite of what I wanted to write.
I took this information, along with the fact that there are over 2.2 million homeschoolers in the United States of America alone, and found an investor who believed in my vision. I was able to take that funding and publish the first two books in my series (as well as do a lot of marketing, trademarking, and much more). I’ve then used the proceeds to grow the company. We’re now about to publish the fourth book in the Wright on Time series, as well as several books from other authors. We are actively seeking great manuscripts with realistic homeschoolers of today as the main characters.
Where do you work? I work from home when I’m home, and in motel rooms, friends’/family’s homes and roadside Wi-Fi locations when I’m on the road. Since nearly all of my work is done on a laptop, I can take my office with me wherever I go. I actually get quite a lot done while I wait for my younger daughter at her dance class.
When did you start writing? I’ve had stories in my head since my earliest memories. While I can’t pinpoint how old I was when I wrote my first story, I was nine when I won my first writing contest. That said, I believe anyone can begin their writing career at any age.
How do you find time for everything? Well… I do one thing at a time. My children come first, always, yet I have plenty of time to pursue my own interests, especially the older my daughters get. Yes, I have a lot going on in my life, but I thrive that way. I enjoy having a variety of activities.
More information about me, Lisa, can be found here:
- Do Life Right — my personal blog where I talk about homeschooling, unschooling, veganism, my family, my family’s adventures, and just random topics
- Wright on Time Books — my children’s chapter book series about an RV-living, homeschooling family who travels the USA; Click HERE to go straight to the media page with interviews, appearance dates and more
- Rich Author, Poor Writer — fledgling site where I discuss the pros and cons of various types of publishing, and how to pick which option is the best for each writer’s individual circumstances