Have you ever wanted to be an author and wondered what it takes to write a best seller? Lisa McMann was able to share some thoughts about her life as an author, her work ethic, and what influenced her to become a writer in a recent phone interview. Then in March, she was in town for the Tucson Festival of Books. She came to meet with fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade classes at my school.

 You should definitely read this book, “Trouble in Zombie-Town” by Mark Cherverton, because there are exciting and mysterious twists and plenty of action. This is book one of the Mystery of Herobrine, A Gameknight999 Adventure series based on Minecraft. There are many zombie towns underground. It is filled with lots of zombies! There are also HP fountains like healing fountains for them to fill their HP to full health. If their HP goes completely empty, then they die. Each town has its own leader. The leaderrules the town until another zombie beats it in battle.

Imagine being the star of your own book! Imagine being a jackrabbit and starring in books! Jeremy Jackrabbit has starred in six books.

Authors Sasha and Rodney Glassman have written a series of books about Jeremy Jackrabbit and his adventures.

When the Glassmans went to the Tucson Festival of Books, they met a children’s book author and that made them want to become authors. Rodney

Glassman’s little brother, Jeremy, had a poster in his room with a jackrabbit on it so the Glassmans chose to use a jackrabbit in their books.

Have you ever read the book “How to Train Your Dragon,” or seen the movie? I would highly recommend both! Cressida Cowell is the author of the series of 12 chapter books in the How to Train Your Dragon series along with

three other books that relate to the series. In both the movie and the books the two main characters, Hiccup and Toothless, have many adventures together.

This summer my cousins and I picked a project from the book “Smithsonian Maker Lab Outdoors” that we could make together.

There were many fun projects to pick from, like building a butterfly feeder from a paper cup, a sponge and orange juice. With a cardboard box, a plastic bag and a couple of other things, you can build a cool air cannon that forces enough air out to knock things down. Also, it created an air ring, called a vortex.

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