The story that follows comes from the Reader’s Digest website.
When Mrs. Klein told her first graders to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful, she thought how little these children, who lived in a deteriorating neighborhood, actually had to be thankful for. She knew that most of the class would draw pictures of turkeys or of bountifully laden Thanksgiving tables. That was what they believed was expected of them.
What took Mrs. Klein aback was Douglas’s picture. Douglas was so forlorn and likely to be...
It was on this day in 1907 that Rudyard Kipling received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was the first English-language writer to do so. The man who once showed up at Mark Twain’s door unannounced, Kipling remains to this day a controversial figure. Many of his tales, including his most well-known work, The Jungle Book, were said to be a celebration of British power and advancement over others. George Orwell once called him, “a prophet of British Imperialism.” Nevertheless, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in...
The reviews have begun to come in for Atticus Krum’s debut novel, The Taming.
Here’s a little taste of what the reviewers are saying:
“The book is excellent and, with all its twists and turns in the plot, it is a fast paced and compelling read.”
“The Taming immediately shows the author’s talent for creating characters that seem authentic and real to kids.
“Great writing, awesome characters, amazing plot. Keep the fun going!”
“Instantly I found myself sympathizing with young Thutter as he...
Think you know something about William Shakespeare, eh?
Well, maybe you do…maybe you don’t. In any case, here’s a lists of curious facts about the great English poet, playwright and actor.
He was born and died on the same day, April 23rd, which is the same day that England celebrates its patron saint, St. George.
More than 80 spelling variations of Shakespeare’s name exists.
He wrote 17 comedies, 10 history plays, and 10 tragedies.
Shakespeare put a curse on anyone who would dare to move his body upon...
Maybe it’s just the season — it being Easter and all — but I have something I need to get off my chest…you know, a confession of sorts.
Before I acknowledge my alleged transgression, however, let me ask you a question (and then answer it).
J.R.R. Tolkien. George MacDonald. C.S. Lewis. Maurice Sendak. Neil Gaiman.
What do they all have in common?
Well, for starters, each penned fantasy literature at some time in his life. In addition, each of these authors experienced great success. It may also be said of these...
Punishment by public humiliation has been around since the dawn of time. To some extent, one could argue that our first parents experienced public humiliation at the hand of God as they felt great shame in their nakedness. There were no other humans around, but Adam and Eve knew God’s eyes were wide open, seeing everything without and within.
Over the years, magistrates of all kinds have used public humiliation rather creatively as a form of punishment. Throughout the Renaissance and the later Puritan era, things like stocks, the...
Well, today is the big day! The Taming is officially a published book, for sale on Amazon.com. It will also be listed on Barnes and Noble soon as it will be distributed through Ingram Books as well as Baker and Taylor.
In other news, I wanted to tell you about the newest website in our Huntly House endeavors: www.atticuskrum.com. Yes, that’s right our good friend, Mr. Krum, has his own website…much to his chagrin, of course.
Anyway, you will find all kinds of great things there, including...
From April 1st to June 1st, The Taming will be on tour — a book blog tour! Stay tuned for more information about each stop of the tour where you will find book reviews, Atticus Krum interviews, promo posts, and plenty of exciting giveaways! To learn more about the tour or to schedule a stop on your blog, click...
I just wanted to let you know about my latest endeavor.
I am running a campaign to raise funds that will help me market and promote my very first middle grade novel, The Taming—set to be released 4.1.14. This campaign is being run on Pubslush, a global crowdfunding platform only for books. Please check out The Taming to make a contribution and receive amazing rewards, or to just see what the campaign is all about.
If you’re not able to contribute to my campaign, you can definitely still help by sharing my campaign page’s...
4.1.14 Exactly one month from day, The Taming will be available on Amazon.com and elsewhere. Pre-ordering will begin soon.