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28Nov/12Off

Our 12th title: WRIGHT ON TIME: MINNESOTA, BOOK 5

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
10Nov/12Off

The Howling Vowels: Book Club Questions

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,

Leslie Schultz

 

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!

3Oct/12Off

Doing Collaborative Writing Right; VIDEO 3 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Leslie Schultz and her daughter Julia Braulick as they tell us about Doing a Mother-Daughter Writing Collaboration Right.

Julia Braulick is a homeschooled thirteen-year-old Quaker who loves learning, writing fiction, reading, and her poodle, Peanut. She plans to be a prairie ecologist when she grows up and will be building a solar panel from scratch this fall.

As a girl, Leslie Schultz yearned to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. Now she loves living in Minnesota, reading, quilting, taking pictures, making soup, writing (poetry, fiction, essays), and learning new things with her daughter, Julia, and her husband, Tim.

Leslie is the author of The Howling Vowels, a middle grade book that has been deemed "a sweet modern day Little House story". Julia helped immensely with this book and is the author of its lexicon. And Sometimes Y, the second book in the series, is being written presently.

 

 

 

 

In “Doing a Mother-Daughter Writing Collaboration Right,” author Leslie Schultz and her daughter share how their first project, Do Life Right, Inc. title The Howling Vowels grew out of their homeschooling experiences and describe how they are working as full co-authors on a sequel, And Sometimes Y.

Leslie and Julia explain how they imagine original characters growing and changing, develop new plot lines, introduce new characters, share actual drafting,  resolve differences of opinion, handle writers’ block, and weave details from real life into a fictional world.

 

To find out more about Leslie and Julia, see:

16Nov/11Off

TWO BOOK Virtual Book Release Party!

Whoo-Hoo!

We're so excited here at Do Life Right, Inc. to have HomeschoolLiterature.com host a one-day virtual book release party for both THE HOWLING VOWELS and FRACTURED FATE today--Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

When asked recently which of these two books was my favorite, I had to answer honestly: I couldn't possibly choose! Each is so unique in its own way.

THE HOWLING VOWELS by Leslie Schultz, illustrated by Heather Newman, is such a lovely middle-grade novel (set in a fictional town in Minnesota) that it makes me smile in a nostalgic sort-of way. To read more about Leslie, click here. To read more about Heather, click here.

FRACTURE FATE by Caja Coyote, illustrated by Sage Echo Sirotkin, is so full of action, adventure, superheroes, and romance, that it takes me to a different world (all while being set in a real-life town in Arizona). To read more about Caja Coyote, click here.

7Nov/11Off

Our ninth title: THE HOWLING VOWELS

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.

Details:

  • 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.