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Back from the Dead?

It’s been awhile, but today I was inspired to write in order to just put an idea out there, like a message in a bottle, in hopes that it will be discovered by someone who can run with it and make my dream come true.

It would be fantastic if there were a publishing house created to re-introduce older books that are out of print, but have not yet reached their copyright expiration. They could call it Vintage Printage. 🙂

In my opinion, there are some great books and series which would have a successful comeback if reprinted. With the original covers…?  Here are a few of my suggestions for books that I feel could enjoy another go before heading to their final resting place (Project Gutenberg). Feel free to list your own personal picks in the comments. 🙂


The Mushroom Planet Series
by Eleanor Cameron


Polly Kent Rides West in the Days of ’49
by David McCulloch and Charles Hargens
Polly Kent Rides West cover


Cathy’s Little Sister
by Catherine Woolley
Cathy's Little Sister cover


The Mad Scientist’s Club
by Bertrand R. Brinley
Mad scientists club cover


Wagon to a Star
by Frances Lynch McGuire
Wagon to a Star Dust Jacket









Any book ever written by Betty Cavanna
(These are just a few…)


The Family Nobody Wanted
by Helen Doss
(Which may seem like a weird choice,
but I read it in second grade and never forgot it)The Family Nobody Wanted by [Doss, Helen]
















All books Danny Dunn
by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkins
(Many are not shown…)



Wyoming Summer
by Mary O’Hara
Wyoming Summer cover















Light a Single Candle
by Beverly Butler
Single candle cover







Katie and The Sad Noise
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Katie and the Sad Noise








Magic Elizabeth
by Norma Kasirer



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Recommended Authors by Grade Level

Having written a number of longish posts lately, I’m breaking things up a bit with a short list of authors who should not be overlooked when selecting reading materials for the younger crowd:

Margaret Wise Brown/Eric Carle

Dr. Seuss/P.D. Eastman

First Grade:
Michael Bond/Virginia Lee Burton

Second Grade:
Laura Ingalls Wilder/Beverly Cleary

Third Grade:
Marguerite Henry/Catherine Woolley

Fourth Grade:
John D. Fitzgerald/Sid Fleischman

Fifth Grade:
Elizabeth Enright/E.L. Konigsburg

Sixth Grade:
C.S. Lewis/Eleanor Cameron/Elizabeth George Speare

Seventh Grade:
Jean Craighead George/Madeleine L’Engle

Eighth Grade:
J.R.R. Tolkien/Betty Cavanna

Ninth Grade:
F. Scott Fitzgerald/Margaret Mitchell

Tenth Grade:
James Thurber/Harper Lee

Eleventh Grade:
Alexander Dumas/Ray Bradbury

Twelfth Grade:
Richard Adams/C.S. Lewis (Yes, again.)


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(Whom) To Be or Not to Be

Carolyn Keene, F.W. Dixon, Mark Twain and Victoria Holt all have one thing in common. They are all fictitious names used by writers. Nom de plume, pen name, pseudonym — all are terms for names employed in lieu of one’s own.

Common reasons for an author to use an assumed name include personal privacy, genre (not many romances list a man’s name as the author!), writing multiple genres that are very different from each other, choosing a maiden name over a married one, taking the opportunity to right a wrong done at birth, and political reasons, like Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire) and Thomas Paine.

Some particularly famous pseudonyms are Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), and of course, Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel). Although their real names are now commonly known, at the time their first books were published, the authors enjoyed anonymity.

Whatever the reason for wanting a nom de plume, how should one go about choosing it? On Agent Query Connect this past weekend there was a thread discussing the topic, and someone suggested the time tested method of combining the name of a pet with the name of the street one grew up on. Some people choose an old family name, or middle name, or the name(s) of their children. Others prefer a name based on the genre that they write, like Carolyn Keene of Nancy Drew fame (feminine, yet no nonsense and clever sounding). Some just pick one that they like a lot. Samuel Clemens used a riverboat term from his days as a captain on the Mississippi.

Whatever the name you choose, make sure to Google it first (in quotations), to make sure that the name of choice has no unsavory doppelgangers.

Based on some of the above criteria, my pen name could be Buster Clifton, Linda Everett Parker, or Layinda Parker, although I’ve written a boy book. Perhaps I should go the Hardy Boys route and pick a man’s name, like George Sand (Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupinand) and George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) did. I could just go with Everett Parker, or Parker Everett… but Jean Craighead George wrote boy books and so did Elizabeth George Speare and they kept their names. All the Georges did pretty well. Perhaps I should add a George to my name…. Layinda George? Hmmm. I just took a moment to Google that, and aside from being the pseudonym of an Argentinian woman who got to Twitter before I did (I had to go with layindalayinda and am still grumpy about it), there was nothing bad. So, maybe.

But I also googled my own name and the first 162 entries were ME! It seems that maybe I should just go with that. I might still add a George though, just in case.

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