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Mr. Clopper's Class Draws Piffle the Brownie

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By far, one of the most popular characters in Dragonfriend is a mischievous little brownie named Piffle. If you go back two posts, you'll see that Mr. Clopper's class had a lot of questions about Piffle. As an author, it's been very gratifying to see readers spark to a character who is so much fun to write. Today we have the final installment in the "Mr. Clopper's Class..." series. The class drew some awesome interpretations of Piffle as you can see...















Thanks to author/teacher Brian Clopper for reading Dragonfriend to his class and then being kind enough to send me all of their "feedback." I loved it!

Mr. Clopper's Class Draws Glennys

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Maid Glennys of Camelot is one of the main characters in Dragonfriend. She's feisty, brave, and has a tendency to get captured by mythological creatures - not anything she does on purpose, she just, as Leonard says in Giantkiller, "has a knack for it."

This is the second round of artwork from Mr. Clopper's 5th grade class. I was blown away by their wonderful interpretations of one of my very favorite characters...








Thanks for the wonderful art, everyone. Look for "Mr. Clopper's Class Draws Piffle" on Friday!

Mr. Clopper's Class Reads Dragonfriend

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Well, technically, Mr. Clopper, (aka Brian Clopper, a 5th grade teacher, friend, and prolific children's author from North Carolina) read Dragonfriend to his class. They then took the time to draw some wonderful pictures of my book's characters and ask some very smart questions.

(Note: You'll notice that I'm only including dragon drawings (and Merlin and a map) in this post. I will post the rest of the wonderful drawings later in the week. The reason I am doing this is that I want each drawing to get the attention it deserves! )

Finally, I must admit that this is a huge treat for me as a middle-grade author. There's nothing more fun and satisfying than to get feedback directly from Dragonfriend's intended readership. ;)

And now, witness the fabulous artwork and intelligent questions from Mr. Clopper's 5th grade class:




Why did you write Dragonfriend?

Ever since I was a kid (about your age) I wanted to write a novel. It took a long time until I got around to …

iAi Book of the Month: Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula

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This month's featured iAi book is the first in a series, Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula.

One Girl. One Accident. One Incredible Superhero.

Cassidy Jones is your typical fourteen-year-old— that is, until a seemingly harmless accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist turns her world upside down.

Discovering incredible strength, speed, and enhanced physical senses that defy logic, Cassidy embarks on an action-packed adventure that has her fighting for answers…and for her very life.


## Elise Stokes lives with her husband and four children. She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time mom. With a daughter in middle school and two in high school, Elise’s understanding of the challenges facing girls in that age range inspired her to create a series that will motivate girls to value individualism, courage, integrity, and intelligence.

You can learn more about Elise and her books by visiting Cassidy Jones Adventures

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