Friday, March 5, 2010

"Yo, Teach!"


AUTHORS IN ACTION. . .

On February 23rd, we had the pleasure of visiting Valley Christian Middle School in Cerritos, California, to speak to four separate classes of seventh-graders about our Viking-themed book series, RuneWarriors. Thanks to English teacher Ellen Stenson and Shaelyn Koops, owner of Blue Chair Books. Once again, the kids are smarter than the authors could ever wish to be!




































Jim tends to get excited when discussing the nuances of Norse history.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

CONTEST #2 WINNERS ANNOUNCED !






KidsBuzz & AuthorBuzz

FREE BOOK

WINNERS

have been chosen!



Due to the overwhelming response, we’ve decided to give away a lot more books. Instead of just giving away one book to one winner—that’s no fun—we’ve decided to give away FIVE books!


AND the FIVE WINNERS ARE…


RACHEL PETERSON - QUINCY, ILLINOIS

SHEILA TRUE - ANTIOCH, TENNESSEE

KATIE KORTE - KANSAS CITY, KANSAS

NOREEN STONE - MEDINA, OHIO

PENNY TUTTLE - KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON


They’ll each receive one author-autographed hardback copy of “RuneWarriors: Sword of Doom” (Book 2 in the RuneWarriors Series). If your name is listed above, congratulations! You’ll be getting your books soon. Thanks to all the teachers, librarians and other book lovers who entered the RuneWarriors contest by emailing us at our website. We wish we had free books for everyone who wanted them, but keep trying. We’ll be holding more contests from time to time so keep checking our blog for news and reviews on RuneWarriors and other fun freebies. Most of all, keep reading! Because as all young Vikings know, reading can help you conquer the world!

Best Regards,

Jim Jennewein & Tom S. Parker

http://runewarriorsbookblog.blogspot.com/



NOTABLE & QUOTABLE. . .


Ferdinand Magellan (1480 – 1521) wasn't a Viking. He was a Portuguese explorer who later obtained Spanish nationality in order to serve king Charles I of Spain in search of a westward route to the “Spice Islands.” Magellan's expedition of 1519–1522 became the first expedition to sail from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific Ocean (then named "peaceful sea" by Magellan; the passage being made via the Straight of Magellan), and the first to cross the Pacific. It also completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Magellan himself did not complete the entire voyage, being killed during the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines. Of the 237 men who set out on five ships, only 18 completed the circumnavigation and managed to return to Spain in 1522, led by the Basque navigator Juan Sebastian Elcano, who took over command of the expedition after Magellan's death. Magellan also gives his name to the Magellanic Penguin, which he was the first European to note, and the Magellanic clouds, now known to be nearby dwarf galaxies.



"The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore. Unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over these things that seem impossible. It is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors -- to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown."

--Ferdinand Magellan