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NEW: JUST RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2013
Amber Brown Is On the Move is both a Book of the Month Club and Junior Literary Club Club Selection.
Amber manages to hit the sweet spot once again in this lively first-person narrative. Not only does she have flaws but she makes real mistakes, suffers for them, and tries to make amends in ways that are meaningful to others. Her ongoing difficulties in dealing with her weekend father and her stepfather are dealt with honestly. The illustrations, by a newcomer to the series, were not available in the prepublication copy. In their second volume, Coville and Levy continue Danziger’s Amber Brown series with wit, style, and intelligence. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan - Booklist
Bruce Coville (http://brucecoville.com/) and I are tickled pink….quite literally, as the paperback of our first collaboration is in paperback
Bruce and I have written over 100 books each.Still, we don’t know any other writers who collaborate the way we do. We sit at the same table, facing each other, both with our laptops open. We decide what has to happen next, and then we both start writing. After a while one of us will say, “Okay, what have you got?” Then we'll read what we've written to each other, and work on finding a way to merge the two texts. Along the way we act out scenes and make jokes, ranging from awful puns to things that must never reach the public eye.
Reviews for Amber's Return:
Amber Brown makes an exuberant reappearance in this installment, written by two close friends of the late author. Coville and Levy don’t miss a beat as they channel the voice of Danziger’s funny, acerbic, and pun-loving heroine. Throughout the story, happiness and sadness are closely entwined for nine-year-old Amber. - Publishers Weekly (click for full review)
Amber Brown fans will rejoice; against all odds, their favorite protagonist is back. After Paula Danziger passed away in 2004, it looked like readers would never find out how things would work out for Amber….Through the efforts of two of Danziger's author friends, Amber has returned, with her funny, often slightly ironic, first-person voice that perfectly captures the tribulations and triumphs of the middle-grade years. - Kirkus (click for full review)
Amber’s original voice rings true, delivering plenty of wordplay and hilarious, wide-eyed observations….This lovable nine-year-old will appeal to current Amber Brown fans and undoubtedly recruit new ones. - School LIbrary Journal, October, 2012. Balkin Buddies Blog (click this link for full review)
A special thanks to Catherine Balkin, who brings authors and schools together and who arranges my author vistis. Over at Balkin Buddies they help spread the word about their authors' new books. Please check out her blog when you get a chance -- http://balkinbuddies.blogspot.com/
Paula Danzinger was one of my best friends. Paula and I could always make each other laugh. We both loved kids, bad puns, heart to heart talks about life, loss, love and families and how to survive them. Bruce Coville, the great author of over 100 books (between us that now makes nearly 200) was Paula’s other ‘best’ friend.
Now Bruce and I are continuing Amber’s adventures in her wonderful tradition of bad puns, heartfelt friendships and honesty. And the original Amber, Carrie Danziger, has also added her thoughts on being Amber.
The series will continue with new books by the two of us in 2013, and 2014. In fact, Bruce and I just finished Amber Brown Moves On (to be published in 2013)
Writing is always an adventure. I have been a full time writer for almost 40 years and published nearly 100 books with over 5 million sold. Please join my mailing list on the right to stay up to date and sail along with me!
I love to write mysteries --I love when my characters have adventures.....and I love to have adventures myself writing with children. Yes, I'm proud of my books, but I am also so proud of the books and stories that children write themselves.
“When two veterans such as Levy and Gerstein join forces, it's clear the result is going to be good, and with its intriguing high-seas locale, this new mystery series doesn't disappoint. A smart heroine, a cute boy, and a mystery…..make this right on target for a middle-grade audience. And with Caldecott Medalist Gerstein behind the expressive double-page illustrations, you can be sure the artwork is of a higher caliber than is found in most series fiction. Anchors away!" - Booklist, October 2010
"This high-seas mystery takes the reader through 148 pages of mayhem and adventure....Mystery, intrigue and a healthy dose of fun takes you from sea to shore and back...we can easily see Danger & Diomonds (leap) to the top of our list for mystery-loving tweens and any family who wants to get their kids excited about and upcoming cruise." The Lollipop Road, A Family Friendly Travel Blog, Randy Poisson, author of Cruising with Kids.