Where will you be on Saturday, September 24th? I’ll be at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival signing books with a ton of other writers.
I just got back from the most incredible weekend in Meredith, New Hampshire where I got to see the first ever production of Sparkle Spa The Musical at the Interlakes Children’s Theatre. The kids and grown-ups who acted, sang, and danced in the show were wonderful! It was so cool to see my imaginary world come alive!
Here are some photos, including one with me, Brad Ross (the show’s composer), and Christiana Cole (the show’s lyricist) just before we went inside to watch the show for the fist time. (We were pretty excited.)
Look what came in the mail from Paris: Sparkle Spa #4 in French! In English it’s called True Colors, but in French, it’s called (I think) Enemy Sisters, which makes perfect sense as a title for this one.
I got a very exciting email from my grandmother the other day. She was shopping at Costco and found the bind-up of the first four Sparkle Spa books there! Here’s the picture she sent me (Aly and Brooke look like they’re in good company):
Today I got to listen to a bunch of talented actors sing through the score of SPARKLE SPA The Musical! There’s going to be a workshop reading on Tuesday, so they were practicing. And they let me record them while they sang “You Are Gonna Lose.” Here it is, if you want to give it a listen. Music by Brad Ross and lyrics by Christiana Cole. Robert Phillip Smith is directing the workshop (and the show in New Hampshire this summer!).
Et voila! Three French Sparkle Spa books! In French the series is called “Sequins and Friends at the Beauty Salon,” and Aly and Brooke are named Lise and Elodie. How cool is that? The fact that kids in France can read these books now makes me so happy.
I’m so incredibly excited to report that Bling It On!, the seventh Sparkle Spa book, will be a musical! Brad Ross is writing the music, Christiana Cole is writing the lyrics, and I’m going to be writing the dialogue that goes in between the songs. And this summer it’ll be performed at Interlakes Theatre in New Hampshire!
Carly Gendell, an awesome young actress who’s in School of Rock, sang one of the songs for us and let us video tape it. I loved it so much that I wanted to share it here!
I have some exciting news over here. Sparkle Spa #9: Fashion Disaster has cover art! In this book, Suzy Davis does an awesome job cutting a doll’s hair, so Brooke decides she wants a haircut too–uh oh.
(Suzy is my favorite character in the series because she’s confident and passionate and tells the truth even if no one else wants to hear it. She’s also named after my sister Suzie. I love that she’s featured on the cover of this one.)
Today the 8th Sparkle Spa book, Wedding Bell Blues, was released out into the world, and in celebration, I’m running contests on Twitter and on Facebook/Instagram! If you retweet my post on Twitter or comment on my posts on Facebook/Instagram, you’ll be entered to win a set of twelve free books for Valentine’s Day! These are the books:
Last week I visited an elementary school on Long Island (I do that kind of thing a lot). I was having a lot of fun writing mystery stories with the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders there, when something very exciting happened. The school’s librarian found a copy of one of my favorite books from elementary school: Something Queer at the Library, by Elizabeth Levy. Seeing that book–and Mordicai Gerstein’s art–brought back so many memories. It was such a special treat on an already wonderful day. Here’s a copy of the book!
So excited to share the Sparkle Spa #8: Wedding Bell Blues has a jacket! And a publication date! It’ll be available on February 9, 2016–just in time for Valentine’s Day! (And what’s a better Valentine’s Day read than a book about a wedding?!)