We are pleased to offer you the 2018 Mims House catalog.

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Featured are the new titles for this year, in order of release.

Spring 2018 Titles

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February – My Dirty Dog: My Informative Essay, Book 4, The Read and Write Series

March – Clang! Ernst Chladni’s Sound Experiments

Coming March, 2018. The Father of Acoustics – sound experiments.

April – Road Whiz

Middle Grade Sports Novel

Fall 2018 Titles – Read the catalog for more information.

August – Wonky

An unlikely tale of friendship.

September – Rosie the Ribeter: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

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Let us back up a couple years. In November 2014, we released two essay books: I Want a Dog: My Opinion Essay and I Want a Cat: My Opinion Essay. By May, 2015, we added My Crazy Dog: My Narrative Essay.

We fully intended to follow that with an informative or expository essay book within six months or so.

Enter the twins. The illustrator, Ewa O’Neill was pregnant with twin boys. As you might imagine, her life became extremely busy, so we waited. She kindly gave us permission to find a different illustrator for the book. But we felt strongly that a series needed a cohesive group of illustrations. We waited.

But this year, with the boys almost three years old and her family living in a new area, she returned to the series and delivered art.

We are thrilled that the art is just as fabulous as the first books, and thrilled to be able to complete this series of language arts picture books, The Read and Write series. These are some of our most popular books.

Because we want these books used in classrooms to help teach writing, we make available a full set of printables. We’ve just updated them with printables for My Dirty Dog. It’s a free download when you sign up for our newsletter.

The Read and Write Series - Mims House

Shh! Don’t tell anyone!
Here are the covers of our Spring 2018 books!
More information to come!

My Dirty Dog: Book 4, The Read and Write series, by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com
Coming February 2018. The 4th book about writing essays with kids. Illustrations by Ewa O’Neill.


Coming March, 2018. The Father of Acoustics – sound experiments. Illustrations by Peter Willis.



Road Whiz by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com
Coming April, 2018. Middle grade sports fiction.


Please write in the comments! Which book(s) are you most excited about seeing in print?

Junior Library Guild selection - The Nantucket Sea Monster | MimsHouse.com We are thrilled that THE NANTUCKET SEA MONSTER: A Fake News Story is a December selection for the Junior Library Guild.


In August, 1937 newspapers across the nation reported that a sea monster had been sighted off Nantucket Island. It was actually a balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and the whole thing was a publicity stunt. Amazingly, the newspapermen knew it was fake, and yet went along with it.
The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story | MimsHouse.com

To celebrate the December JLG release, Darcy Pattison has been interviewed on a couple blogs.

  • The Children’s Book Council asked Darcy to write about 3 questions she wished people would ask her. Did you know that there’s an “Easter egg” hidden in the story?
  • Picture Book Builders blog features authors talking about how they write picture books. Darcy talks about the importance of patience and waiting until the right moment for a story.
  • For more, this article has links to copies of the historical newspaper archives and digital photos of the event.
  • Listen to an audio sample here.

We are thrilled that Pilgrims, Book 3 of The Blue Planets World series is now available on all platforms!

Complete Trilogy: YA Sci-Fi

The Blue Planets World series is now complete. The first trilogy in the world begins when Jake, a half-human and half-alien teen, comes to Earth to live with his paternal grandparents on Bainbridge Island.

THE BLUE PLANETS WORLD SERIES

Earth finally receives a message from space:
“You only live on land. Allow us to live in the seas.”

Rison will implode soon. They desperately need a new blue planet, a water planet. But Earth is crowded. Will humans be able to open their hearts to an alien race?

SLEEPERS, Book 1

Sleepers, Book 1, The Blue Planets World seriesA rogue militia. A diabolical sabotage. Is an alien teen is the only hope for either blue planet?

A test-tube baby, fifteen-year-old Jake Rose is half human and half alien; he has both lungs and gills. He’s been raised on the “other blue planet,” Rison. However, in a horrifying science-gone-wrong scenario, Rison will soon implode. He evacuates to Earth to live with his human father’s parents on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound. His mother, Dayexi Quad-de is Rison’s ambassador to Earth. She’s tasked with finding Risonians a new home on Earth in a peaceful manner.

Jake accidentally discovers that Earth’s elite ELLIS forces are trying to sabotage Mt. Rainier by starting an eruption so that they can blame it on the Risonian aliens. Working to thwart them, Jake suddenly realizes his mother—the ambassador—is missing.

Sleepers is the first novel in the action-packed science fiction The Blue Planets World series. This classic teen novel of finding your place in society combines with thrilling science fiction that delivers a punch. If you like the intrigue and excitement of Ender’s Game or I Am Number Four, you’ll love Darcy Pattison’s science fiction series of survival among the galaxies.

See the series page at Amazon.

SIRENS, Book 2

Sirens, Book 2, The Blue Planets World seriesSirens is the continuing story of Jake Rose, a teenager who is half-alien and half-human. When aliens beg for refuge on Earth, they ask only for a home in the seas. But what if Earth’s oceans aren’t empty? The undersea civilization of the Phoke, the mermen and mermaids, comes out of hiding to take a place at the negotiation table. They’ve been infected by a Risonian water-borne illness and demand a medical mission to Rison to find a cure. Jake is devastated when he learns that his girlfriend, Em, is a Phoke, and she’s infected. When a rogue General orders his troops to attack the Phoke, the stage is set for an epic underwater struggle. If you like stories of the fantastic blended with scientific possibility, you’ll be fascinated with the underwater culture. Come cheer for Jake as he searches the cold North Sea for Em.

PILGRIMS, Book 3

Pilgrims, Book 3, The Blue Planets World SeriesPilgrims is the thrilling conclusion of an epic science fiction trilogy that pits Risonians and Earthlings against inevitable implosion of a planet. A small team from Earth travels to Rison to find the cure for a water-borne disease that threatens the Phoke, the mermen and mermaids of Earth. In a rush against time, they must deal with the politics of desperate men and the tricks of a dying planet. Jake battles with his mixed heritage as he pushes for the team to find the cure for the disease. Em’s life is in the balance, and he won’t stop until he’s got what the doctor needs. Will they find the cure and escape in time?

ENVOYS, Prequel

Envoy, Prequel, The Blue Planets World seriesEnvoys, Prequel is the short story of the first contact with the Risonians on their Cadee Moon Base. The ambitious naval officer Blake Rose joins the team as the comparative biology specialist. He’s the first to shake hands with a Risonian, Dayexi Quad-de, who immediately captures his heart. Still, he has a job to do: protect Earth from aliens.
Interested in the origin of the Blue Planets World series? This is the short story for you.
In fact, we’d love to give it to you free. See the sign up below!

Have you waited and waited and now it’s almost too late?

The Girl, the Gypsy, and the Gargoyle | MimsHouse.com


This deliciously creepy Halloween Novel is on sale for only $0.99. The ebook price goes back to $4.99 tomorrow. Buy before midnight.

More about The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargyole: Creepy Novel for Middle Grade

  • This story is an audiobook narrated by Paula Bodin. Listen to a sample.
  • Read a sample chapter.
  • Read an outtake. This is a prologue that didn’t make it into the book but explains the backstory of the Gargoyle Man.

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by Darcy Pattison
Why science is so important to science fiction?

Let’s look at the Arecibo Message. In 1974, the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, sent a message into space looking for extra-terrestrial intelligence.

A great deal of thought went into the message, and included input from Carl Sagan, Dr. Frank Drake (the Drake equation) and other prominent scientists.

This is the message with color added to highlight its separate parts. The actual binary transmission carried no color information.

Quoting from Wikipedia:
The message consists of seven parts that encode the following (from the top down):

  • The numbers one (1) to ten (10) (white)
  • The atomic numbers of the elements hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorus, which make up deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) (purple)
  • The formulas for the sugars and bases in the nucleotides of DNA (green)
  • The number of nucleotides in DNA, and a graphic of the double helix structure of DNA (white & blue)
  • A graphic figure of a human, the dimension (physical height) of an average man, and the human population of Earth (red, blue/white, & white respectively)
  • A graphic of the Solar System indicating which of the planets the message is coming from (yellow)
  • A graphic of the Arecibo radio telescope and the dimension (the physical diameter) of the transmitting antenna dish (purple, white, & blue)

Science + What If = Science Fiction

When I write science fiction stories, I can’t write in a vacuum. I need facts to extrapolate from or to build on. I read about the Arecibo message, especially that the scientists didn’t expect an answer for 50,000 years because it was aimed at the distant globular star cluster M13, and that’s the time needed for a round trip with current technology.

But what if. . .

That’s where things get interesting to me. I build on facts, but take it to a new and imagined place.

What if. . .there was another civilization who was also sending out their version of the Arecibo Message. Their technology is faster than ours and meets our message much, much earlier than expected. Let’s say, just 25 years after launching the Arecibo, we heard from another intelligent species. OK, but why are they out there looking for something?

Unlike Earth, they are faced with the destruction of their planet and are looking for a suitable place to live. (Well, then, you have to go and read all about the Kepler space ship’s search for Earth-like planets!) Speculation leads to more science! Which leads to more what ifs! The rich, fascinating interaction of scientific fact and speculation leads to fascinating milieus, or worlds for a story to inhabit.

Throw in Characters

Within the world created, it soon becomes clear that certain types of problems are inherent. That’s when I start to add characters who must face those problems and find ways to defeat the problems and/or live with them.

Does that mean that the characters are slighted in science fiction? I don’t think so. Often, there’s the same interaction with scientific fact: psychology studies feed into the fiction. Characters act and react according to current thinking about human behavior. Sorta. Of course, there’s always the what if and the imagination that adds twists and quirks.

When I write science fiction, the science blends with the fiction seamlessly to create a powerful story.

Take the premise of The Blue Planets World series. What if a planet experiments with ways of controlling volcanoes, only to discover that they’ve ruined the planetary core and it will implode soon. They’d destoryed their own planet through arrogance.

That means they need a new world. Which means that when they find Earth, they want to come here as refugees.
Finally, I had the premise for “The Blue Planets World series.”

The Series is Complete

Pilgrims, Book 3, The Blue Planets World series launches on November 1. Preorder now! With this publication, the entire trilogy is now available as ebook, paperback, and hardcover.

The Blue Planet Series by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com
Book 3 publishes on November 1. The complete trilogy will be available then in hardcover, paperback and ebook formats.



Jake Rose joins the courageous crew of the Eagle 10 as they streak across the galaxy to Rison, the other blue planet. Their goal is to find the umjaadi starfish, the host of an organism that is deadly to the Phoke, the water people of Earth. The mission is foolhardy because Rison will soon implode—the catastrophe is mere days away—from a science-gone-wrong scenario. Forced to enter the Risonian society at its darkest hour, the team struggles against local politics and race against time to find the starfish.

Utz Seehafer, the son and heir-apparent, of the southern Bo-See coalition is assigned to help the Earthlings’ search. He battles his own demons of a lost brother, a grieving father, and the urgency of escaping a dying planet. Will he be able to save his beloved Derry, and their pet project, the great white shark named Godzilla?

Pilgrims is the exciting conclusion of an epic science fiction trilogy that pits Risonians and Earthlings against inevitable implosion of a planet. In a rush against time, they must deal with the politics of desperate men and the tricks of a dying planet. Will they find the cure and escape in time?

And to think it started with a simple binary code in 1974 that was broadcast into space in hopes of finding extra-terrestrial life!

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Welcome to Teen Read Week! October 18-24, 2017 is designated as the week to encourage teen readers to discover new books.

Unleash Your Story

Here’s the official information:

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

The 2017 event will be held Oct. 8 – 14th, featuring the theme ‘Unleash Your Story.” Library staff, afterschool providers, and educators are encouraged to leverage this theme to encourage teens to tell their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folktales, and more in their local library. Join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW17.

Read an Unfamiliar Genre

Here at Mims House, we especially wanted to encourage teen readers to Unleash Your Story by reading in unfamiliar genres. Studies show that some time around middle school, readers settle into a genre that they will favor for most of their lives. It may be historical fiction, nonfiction science, reading the local newspaper, puzzling out mysteries, or reading fantasy and science fiction. Once the genre preference develops, it’s clear that people stick with that genre.

Teens still have a change thought to find new stories by sampling other genres. We encourage you to help students find new favorites in other genres. For example, if you have a mystery reader, here are lists of books that add mystery to another genre. (As always, monitor the list for appropriateness for your students!)

Science Fiction Series

Another way to encourage students to read other genres is to hook them on a series. Many trilogies or longer series have strong hook stories that grab a reader and compel them to read through the whole series.

Our new science fiction trilogy, THE BLUE PLANETS WORLD series, hooks the reader with an action-packed, exciting story of a teen who must save not one, but two worlds.

The Blue Planet Series by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com


To read more on the series, start here. Or, to get started on the series, we offer the short story prequel free to subscribers:
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What do you do for Teen Read Week to encourage students to read more?

Why is Friday, the 13th so creepy? And why do kids LOVE creepy so much?

I think it’s partly tied to the reasons we read anything. We read to experience the world from someone else’s perspective. That other point-of-view may be someone helpless in the face of unspeakable dangers and evils. But here’s the thing: within the pages of a book, we’re safe.

Yes, great writing can evoke great emotions. Yes, kids weep when Charlotte dies in Charlotte’s Web. But it wasn’t a real person who died, so it’s a safe emotion. Yes, kids tremble when Gollum slinks across the pages of The Hobbit. But it’s a safe tremor of fear.

So, we offer today a story that’s has a touch of creepiness. Still, somehow, it manages to pull off not one, but two miracles.

The Girl, the Gypsy, and the Gargoyle
Only $0.99 for the month of October

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
—Michelangelo

But what if an unscrupulous sculptor could trap someone inside a block of stone, just so he could carve them? Can miracles come from tragedy? Threatened with the loss of the only home she’s known, Laurel listens to a proposal from Master Gimpel, a deformed stone carver. He intrigues Laurel and Jassy, her gypsy friend, when he offers a path to untold riches. Master Gimpel explains that his Troll’s Eye, a red jewel, is a doorway into the stone world where a treasure cave awaits. From the moment Laurel looks through the Troll’s Eye, she and her gypsy companion enter a dangerous race for their lives.

This is a rich, surprising and sometimes disturbing tale of gargoyles and those who carve the creatures from solid stone. There’s plenty of darkness in this cautionary tale that nevertheless pulls off not one, but two miracles—and in a surprising twist, brings Laurel home to stay.

Follow Laurel’s harrowing journey toward miracles.

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Why is Friday, the 13th so creepy? And why do kids LOVE creepy so much?

I think it’s partly tied to the reasons we read anything. We read to experience the world from someone else’s perspective. That other point-of-view may be someone helpless in the face of unspeakable dangers and evils. But here’s the thing: within the pages of a book, we’re safe.

Yes, great writing can evoke great emotions. Yes, kids weep when Charlotte dies in Charlotte’s Web. But it wasn’t a real person who died, so it’s a safe emotion. Yes, kids tremble when Gollum slinks across the pages of The Hobbit. But it’s a safe tremor of fear.

So, we offer today a story that’s has a touch of creepiness. Still, somehow, it manages to pull off not one, but two miracles.

The Girl, the Gypsy, and the Gargoyle
Only $0.99 for the month of October

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
—Michelangelo

But what if an unscrupulous sculptor could trap someone inside a block of stone, just so he could carve them? Can miracles come from tragedy? Threatened with the loss of the only home she’s known, Laurel listens to a proposal from Master Gimpel, a deformed stone carver. He intrigues Laurel and Jassy, her gypsy friend, when he offers a path to untold riches. Master Gimpel explains that his Troll’s Eye, a red jewel, is a doorway into the stone world where a treasure cave awaits. From the moment Laurel looks through the Troll’s Eye, she and her gypsy companion enter a dangerous race for their lives.

This is a rich, surprising and sometimes disturbing tale of gargoyles and those who carve the creatures from solid stone. There’s plenty of darkness in this cautionary tale that nevertheless pulls off not one, but two miracles—and in a surprising twist, brings Laurel home to stay.

Follow Laurel’s harrowing journey toward miracles.

Read a Preview from OVERDRIVE

If you enjoy this preview, ask your library to order the book from Overdrive.


AudioBook Sample

Listen to narrator Paula Bodin’s lovely voice.


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Only $0.99 for the month of October.

Does Halloween week put you in the mood for dark and creepy stories?
Personally, I don’t like horror stories and find few appropriate for kids. But sometimes a story pulls me in with its dark and disturbing plot. For just those moments when you want to something deliciously creepy, we suggest The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargoyle.

Halloween Novel - spooky middle grade fun. | by Darcy Pattison

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” —Michelangelo

But what if an unscrupulous sculptor could trap someone inside a block of stone, just so he could carve them? And can miracles come from tragedy? Threatened with the loss of the only home she’s known, Laurel listens to a proposal from Master Gimpel, a deformed stone carver. He intrigues Laurel and Jassy, her gypsy friend, when he offers a path to untold riches. Master Gimpel explains that his Troll’s Eye, a red jewel, is a doorway into the stone world where a treasure cave awaits. From the moment Laurel looks through the Troll’s Eye, she and her gypsy companion enter a dangerous race for their lives.

This is a rich, surprising and sometimes disturbing tale of gargoyles and those who carve the creatures from solid stone. There’s plenty of darkness in this cautionary tale that nevertheless pulls off not one, but two miracles—and in a surprising twist, brings Laurel home to stay.

More about The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargyole: Creepy Novel for Middle Grade

  • This story is an audiobook narrated by Paula Bodin. Listen to a sample.
  • Read a sample chapter.
  • Read an outtake. This is a prologue that didn’t make it into the book but explains the backstory of the Gargoyle Man.

Only $0.99 for October – On All Platforms

DIGITAL
KINDLE

iBOOK

Kobo ePUB
BEST DEAL On Amazon, buy the print book and get the ebook for only $0.99
PRINT
HARDCOVER

PAPERBACK
AUDIO
AUDIOBOOK

AUDIOBOOK
PURCHASE ORDERS
All formats are also available on Mackin, Follett, Permabound, Overdrive, and Ingram.
He’s an alien. She’s not quite human. Can they survive an epic battle under the sea? Book 2, THE BLUE PLANETS WORLD series. | MimsHouse.com
Book 2, available TOMORROW!

This is the last day to preorder SIRENS, Book 2 of The Blue Planets World series.


ORDER TODAY and you’ll receive the book tomorrow morning, October 1, 2017.

THE BLUE PLANETS WORLD SERIES

Earth finally receives a message from space:
“You only live on land. Allow us to live in the seas.”

Rison will implode soon. They desperately need a new blue planet, a water planet. But Earth is crowded. Will humans be able to open their hearts to an alien race?

SIRENS, Book 2

He’s an alien.
She’s not quite human.

Can they survive an epic battle under the sea?

Jake Rose’s girlfriend, Em Tullis, has mysteriously disappeared, leaving only a one-word clue: “Phoke.”

His search takes him around the world to fabled Aberforth Hills in the North Sea, home of earth’s native aquatic people, the Mer—who are now known as Phoke. They’ve remained hidden for centuries, only emerging now in a desperate search for a cure to a Rionian water-borne illness.

The intergalactic negotiations have just become impossibly complicated. Rison needs a refuge for thousands of their people before their planet implodes in a science-gone-wrong scenario. Originally, they asked Earth, “You only live on land. Allow us to live in the seas.”

But Earth’s seas aren’t empty!
With the Phoke at the negotiation table, Rison’s hope look bleak. Even worse, when Jake finds Em, she’s infected with a Risonian water-borne organism that threatens her life.

For fans of Ender’s Game or I Am Number Four comes a new character-driven science fiction series, The Blue Planet’s World series. Sirens, the second novel, follows Jake and Em as they fight for survival of their species, both in space and under the sea.
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Preorder Book 3: Pilgrims. Available November 1, 2017

Pilgrims, Book 3, The Blue Planets World series | MimsHouse.com

THE BLUE PLANETS WORLD SERIES

Earth finally receives a message from space:
“You only live on land. Allow us to live in the seas.”


Rison will soon implode. They desperately need a new blue planet, a water planet. But Earth is crowded. Will humans be able to open their hearts to an alien race?

Jake Rose joins the courageous crew of the Eagle 10 as they streak across the galaxy to Rison, the other blue planet. Their goal is to find the umjaadi starfish, the host of an organism that is deadly to the Phoke, the water people of Earth. The mission is foolhardy because Rison will soon implode—the catastrophe is mere days away—from a science-gone-wrong scenario. Forced to enter the Risonian society at its darkest hour, the team struggles against local politics and race against time to find the starfish.

Utz Seehafer, the son and heir-apparent, of the southern Bo-See coalition is assigned to help the Earthlings’ search. He battles his own demons of a lost brother, a grieving father, and the urgency of escaping a dying planet. Will he be able to save his beloved Derry, and their pet project, the great white shark named Godzilla?

Pilgrims is the exciting conclusion of an epic science fiction trilogy that pits Risonians and Earthlings against inevitable implosion of a planet. In a rush against time, they must deal with the politics of desperate men and the tricks of a dying planet. Will they find the cure and escape in time?

Order Now from Amazon Kindle or Kobo

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The Blue Planet Series by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com

Read Book 1: Sleepers

Did you by chance miss Book 1 of the Blue Planets World series? Read more about it here.


Read the Prequel: ENVOYS

Interested in the origin of the Blue Planets World series? This is the short story for you. And it’s a free gift!


A lonely doctor. A desperate alien race. Which blue planet will survive? Learn more about THE BLUE PLANETS WORLD series here. | MimsHouse.com
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What an amazing sight!


Darcy Pattison recently did a school visit where 200 students purchased a book!
For some kids, it was a significant day because they had few books at home.
This one thing, buying a book of his/her own, was a BIG thing.

Owning a book!

What an amazing thing for a young reader, right?
Emotionally, we love it when we see kids hugging a book because it’s theirs.
But is there any educational value in owning books?

In a 20-year study of 27 countries, researchers at the University of Nevada said the most important predictor of education achievement comes down to one thing: owning books.

Are there books in the home?

This one factor—books in the home—was more important than the literacy level of the parents.
That’s from a 20 year study over 27 countries!

Mariah Evans, University of Nevada, Reno associate professor of sociology and resource economics, said that as few as 20 books in a home made a significant impact, and the more books the stronger the effect. If you increase the number of books to 500 – Wow! – the effect is huge! In the United States, that one thing can increase a child’s education level by 2.4 years.

2x as important as Father’s education level

Books in the home was twice as important as a father’s education level. Even an illiterate father can help a child by providing books in the home.

How to get books into a student’s home?

Since books in the home is such an important goal, how can we do that?

Well, you already do it in many ways: book fairs, book clubs, library check-out and more.

Mims House makes it easy, too. We offer volume discounts on any of our books for quantities as low as 10 books or as high as a couple thousand. We make the price simple enough that you can put a book in the hands of every student.

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross | MimsHouse.comThe story of the oldest known wild bird in the world—Wisdom, the Midway Albatross—would make a great book for the popular ONE BOOK type program, which asks everyone in the school to read the same book. She’s over 65 years old and on February 4, 2017, she hatched a new chick! The story details how she survived the Japanese tsunami.


Or, if you need an early chapter book, consider the hilarious Kell, the Alien.

Publisher’s Weekly says: “Amusing. . . engaging, accessible story.”
“VERDICT: This fun chapter book series is out of this world.” 2/1/15 SLJ review:



For the middle school crowd, enthusiasm is growing for The Blue Planets World series, beginning with Sleepers.
The Blue Planet Series by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com


Download Our Catalog

For a full range of possibilities, download our catalog.
Then, send our school liaison person, Sue Foster a note with information on your project/program and we’ll help you find the right book. Yes, we can work with purchase orders. We also have teacher resources for many books.

More information: See the Center for the Book (from the Library of Congress) for resources on encouraging book and reading promotions.

Guest post by Allyson Longueira, curator of The LIGHT IN THE DARK YA Storybundle.

I love young adult fiction. And I’m not the only far-from-young adult who does. So, when I had the opportunity to curate another StoryBundle, I knew YA was the way to go.

Welcome to the Light in the Dark YA StoryBundle.

Each book in this bundle sparks a light in the dark. Sometimes, that light comes from within. Sometimes, the characters must fight back the darkness to find it. And their stories demonstrate the incredible diversity of young adult fiction, from lighthearted and inspirational to dark and gritty.

These eleven fantastically versatile authors provided thirteen books that offer magic, triumph, humor, daring, hardship, and resilience. Sometimes, all in one.

Join in the adventure as Buffalo Jimmy and his friends seek revenge and fight for survival in Dean Wesley Smith’s Headed West; Galen and his clan sacrifice everything to find a future and hope for their families in Darcy Pattison’s Vagabonds; the Prentiss twins discover more than they bargained for in Deb Logan’s Thunderbird; and Turtle and Agata delve into a dangerous mystery in John Biggs’ Mytro.

Experience youthful defiance with “Rabbit” Labelle as he deals with racism in David H. Hendrickson’s Offside and Elinor Pembroke as she chooses an unorthodox path in Melissa McShane’s Burning Bright. Go back to high school with Tiffany VanDerHoven as she comes to terms with her newfound mortality in Kristine Grayson’s Tiffany Tumbles, and Gabby DeCorte as she plays the LifeGame in Thomas K. Carpenter’s Gamers Trilogy.

And journey along with diverse tales of magic, adventure, dragons and more in Jody Lynn Nye’s Daring, Anthea Sharp’s Tales of Feyland and Faerie, and Fiction River: Sparks, edited by Rebecca Moesta.

The books in the Light in the Dark YA StoryBundle feature bestselling authors along with newer names you’ll be glad you tried. As always at StoryBundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity—in this case, SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). And if you pay at least $15, you’ll get all thirteen books!
The Light in the Dark YA Bundle runs for three weeks only. So, reconnect with your youth and enjoy everything that young adult fiction has to offer. – Allyson Longueira

What is a Storybundle?

A StoryBundle is a group or bundle of books that are offered together to give you a look around at a genre. The YA genre is so multifaceted and almost any type of story is represented in this bundle. It’s a place to stretch your reading muscles and find a new familiar. We hope you’ll love every book, but we also know that most people will be super-excited by a couple special books, special for them in unfathomable ways. Isn’t that the fun of reading? Trying new stories, new authors, new genres? Storybundle make it dead-simple.

The initial titles in the The Light in the Dark YA Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Sparks by Fiction River
  • Burning Bright by Melissa McShane
  • Mytro by John Biggs
  • Thunderbird by Deb Logan
  • Offside by David H. Hendrickson

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus six more!

  • Tiffany Tumbles by Kristine Grayson
  • Headed West – The Life and Times of Buffalo Jimmy by Dean Wesley Smith
  • The Gamers Trilogy – Complete Box Set by Thomas K. Carpenter
  • Daring by Jody Lynn Nye
  • Vagabonds by Darcy Pattison
  • Tales of Feyland & Faerie by Anthea Sharp

The Light and Dark YA Storybundle | MimsHouse.com
The Light and Dark YA Storybundle includes 11 fantasy titles. #eBookLove CLLICK the image for more information.


This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com/ya. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

The Gift of Stories

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to SMART!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

Tomorrow, September 18, is National Read an eBook Day.

Are you an ebook fan? Some people love to read ebooks when they travel. Others love ebooks because you can increase or decrease the font size to your needs. I know some people who bounce from paper to ebooks with ease. And of course, many people are loyal to print books. I understand all those attitudes! Which probably makes me one of the bouncers.

National Read an eBook Day asks you to try an ebook because. . .

. . . it’s a celebration of modern storytelling.

Does it cost to join in? No.
Your local library likely has ebooks for checkout. This is a great day to look at your library’s website to figure out how to check out an ebook. What system do they use, what info do you need, what ebook readers do they recommend, and so on.

Request from Your Local Library

Most of Mims House books are available on Overdrive. Here are a selection of our books linked to the Overdrive site. From there, you can see if the book is available in your local library. If it isn’t, please request it! Most libraries listen to their patrons and will buy books you ask for.

Read an eBook Day with Sleepers by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com
SLEEPERS on an ereader. If your library doesn’t have it, please request that they buy it!



Read an eBook Day with Longing for Normal
Can Eliot save his family with a simple bread recipe? Longing for Normal is “a rare book” says Booklist.

Read an eBook Day with Wisdom, the Midway Albatross by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com
The story of the oldest bird in the world and how she survived the Japanese Tsunami.
Read an eBook Day with I Want a Dog: My Opinion Essay by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com
Book 1 of The Read and Write Series. All writing lessons should be this much fun!

Take an ebook for a whirl! Of course, we offer ebooks for sale here on the Mims House website in both ePub and Kindle versions. But it you want a no-cost experience, check out your local library.

See other Mims House books available from Overdrive (request them from your library!)

Dateline: August 7, 1937

Headline: A SEA MONSTER: Bill Manville Says He Saw One Off Nantucket. Insists He Was Not Dreaming. Hopes It Appears Again To Verify His Story.

Thus begins the fascinating story that dominate the news on the uncommonly warm August 1937. The newspaper article started an incredible story that spread from “Cape Cod to California.”

Fake News

Of course, it was fake news. And the newspapermen knew it. They just didn’t think that there was any harm in it because 1) no one was hurt, and 2) no one tried to make money from the event.

Are those the criteria that we’d use to determine if a fake news event was right or wrong? Imagine if we used those criteria today. . .

About the Sea Monster

Reports of the time were scary. Here are some historical photos of the event.

Sea monster footprints on Nantucket Island | MimsHouse.com
Measuring the sea monster footprints on the beach. The photos were sent to scientists in Boston who confirmed that they were made by unknown creatures.



This shows the sea monster in the water. | MimsHouse.com
This shows the sea monster in the water. | MimsHouse.com

Fake Sea-Monster

Of course, the sea monster wasn’t real. Then what’s in this picture? No more hints! No more guessing!
The book is finally available today so you can read it for yourself.
It’s been a long summer waiting for the book to come out. Well, it’s finally here. Order your copy now.

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He’s an alien. She’s not quite human. Can they survive an epic battle under the sea? Book 2, THE BLUE PLANETS WORLD series. | MimsHouse.com
Book 2, available Fall 2017.
Slated for an October 1, release, SIRENS is now available as a preorder.

This is Book 2 of The Blue Planets Series.

In Book 1, Jake Rose and his mother, Dayexi Quad-de, the Risonian ambassador, face overwhelming odds. Their planet, Rison, will implode soon. Their scientists were foolish and accidentally upset the balance of their planetary core. The end result will be utter destruction of Rison. The Risonians have searched the galaxy for blue planets, those with water that would sustain life. And in all the vast Milky Way galaxy, only Earth is a suitable place. Too bad it’s already inhabited.

In Sleepers, we follow Jake as he moves to Earth. He’s a test-tube baby, created by his physician father, Blake Rose, from Risonian and human DNA. He goes to Bainbridge Island to live with his human grandparents. While there, he discovers a plot to sabotage Mt. Rainier and make it erupt, while blaming the Risonians.

Jake also meets Emmeline Tullis, his siren, the girl who calls to his soul. Book 2 takes up Em’s story as she delves into her family’s story. All Em knows is that she’s adopted.

Then, Em disappears. One day, she was sick and in the hospital. The next day, she’s gone and so are her entire family.

All Jake has is a single card with the words, “Help! Phoke!”

This begins Jake’s desperate search for Em, and his mother’s search for a treaty to allow Rison to evacuate to Earth. The search takes them around the world to the North Sea where mysteries and mythology combine into reality.

We can’t tell you a lot here, because we don’t want spoilers! But rest assured that this story delivers on the promise of Book 1. Excitement, underwater battles, intergalactic struggles, and love–this book has it all.

  • Sleepers, Book 1 asks: Can Earth open its heart to allow refugees to live in our oceans? Can we share our planet?
  • Sirens, Book 2 asks: What if Earth’s oceans are already inhabited. Can those inhabitants share their oceans?
  • Pilgrims, Book 3 asks: What happens when your world implodes? Will you have a safe refuge in the midst of destruction?

PreOrder Book 2, Sirens

He’s an alien. She’s not quite human. Can they survive an epic battle under the sea? Book 2, THE BLUE PLANETS WORLD series. | MimsHouse.com
Book 2, available October 1. Preorder now.


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Book 3, Pilgrims will be available on November 1. Preorders will be available soon.

A deadly microbe. A race against time. Who will survive? Book 3, THE BLUE PLANETS WORLD series. | MimsHouse.com
Book 3, available November 1. Click on the cover to read the prequel, ENVOYS, now.
In this final exciting science fiction story, Jake and a small team of Earthlings must travel to the doomed planet of Rison. There, they hope to find a cure for a water-borne illness that is infecting the Phoke on Earth. Unless they find the cure, Jake’s girlfriend Em may die. In a desperate race against time, the team must find the cure and get back off the planet. Will Rison implode before they can escape?


Read the Prequel, Envoys

If you haven’t read the prequel, you can download a free copy of this story story now.
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Book 2: Kell and the Horse Apple Parade | MimsHouse.comWhen I was working on Book 2 of The Aliens, Inc. series, I had to research horse poop.

OK. Don’t stop reading because this isn’t just about potty humor. But it partly is, because Everyone Poops. And because, kids love this stuff. And because you can’t make up stuff like this. And because you’re going to want to know about horse diapers. Maybe.

When Horses Parade

A hundred years ago, before the motor car became king, horses were the most efficient form of transportation. They pulled carriages around town, to and from stores and back and forth from work. And everywhere they went, street sweepers followed.

Cities of that time were equipped to deal with the problem of horse poop. But today, the problem mainly arises when there’s a parade. Book 1, Kell, the Alien established the idea that the lovable aliens from the planet Bix would plan and execute events to make a living. They created the Aliens, Inc.

Next question: what’s the next event?

I didn’t want to do a straight birthday party next, because I wanted to leave room for more options. So, I started to research parades. Which led me to horses, which led me to dirty streets. But back to parades for a moment. The word “parade” comes from Old French and means “to stop.” A parade is a time when people stop and pay attention to something for a time. I paid attention to the dirty streets. When you read this with kids, ask them to think about cities from 100 years ago, and how they might have dealt with the problem of dirty streets from all the horses.

Rose Parade clean-up

Got a parade? Then you’ve got clean-up problems. Here’s a photo of the horse-poop clean up crew after the Rose Parade.

Besides a broom and dustpan, though, there’s actually a more clever idea for dealing with horse poop during a parade. Diapers for horses.
Well, not exactly, a diaper. They call it a Bun Bag. It catches horse apples in action.

Kell and the Horse Apple Parade, Book 2, The Aliens, Inc. series | MimsHouse.com


This shows a bun bag in action on a horse. And the next photo is a diagram explaining how it works.
Kell and the Horse Apple Parade, Book 2, The Aliens, Inc. Series | MimsHouse.com


Now that we have that cleaned up. . .

A Horse Parade in the Alien’s Inc story

When I write, especially if it’s fiction for kids, I do a lot of research. When you find such fascinating info as horse apples and horse diapers, you have to use it in a story! In this science fiction story for kids, I incorporated the information on dealing with horses in a parade in unique ways. Instead of burying the topic, I used it to create humor in the story. The potty humor isn’t big; it just combines with the rules, regulations, and bureaucracy of a small town government. Unless the parade committee can guarantee that they’ll leave clean streets, they can’t get the permits needed.

Series

Aliens Inc. Series | MimsHouse.com
Click to see the series on Amazon.

Book 2, Kell and the Horse Apple Parade has been a great addition to this series because it gives some variety to the type of events. The other books all feature a special birthday party, such as giants or detectives.

The takeaway? When you BUY Kell and the Horse Apple Parade, plan to spend time talking with kids about keeping historical cities clean!

As a member of The Children’s Book Council, Mims House is happy to have several books featured in their new showcase, Book Power!

The Book Power Showcase is described this way: Readers will discover the biographies and histories of those who shaped the world around them. These titles remind readers that they too can inspire and spark change no matter their age!

Several of our picture book animal biographies were selected for the showcase, as well as the story of a British scientist, Michael Faraday. These books are true biographies of an individual animal. They weren’t written to cover a particular species but to help kids connect with the individual circumstances this animal is faced with.

Mims House Books Included in the CBC Book Power Showcase

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross | Surviving plastic pollution and other disasters for over 65 years. | Mims House
Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly. Click to learn more.
The March 2011 Japanese tsunami put the oldest bird in the world into jeopardy. Wisdom is a Laysan albatross who lives on Midway Island. Strategic during World War II as a refueling station for airplanes, Midway Island is now Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. When the tsunami hit Japan, it took thousands of lives and damaged the nuclear plant. However, the tsunami waves spread across the Pacific, too. Scientists on Midway Island knew the tsunami was coming, so they moved to the highest point, the third floor of an old barracks. The tsunami struck about midnight. They said the scariest thing was that they could HEAR the water coming, but couldn’t see it.

The next morning, thousands of birds wee dead. Wisdom’s nest was on relatively high ground, so her chick was safe. But she was missing. Read more about her story here.

Nefertiti, the Spidernaut

National Science Teacher's Association names NEFERTITI, THE SPIDERNAUT a 2017 Outstanding Science Trade Book. | MimsHouse.comAnother book in our animal biography series is Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: The Jumping Spider Who Learned to Hunt in Space This book chronicles the story of a Johnson jumping spider who traveled to the International Space Station. Why? To participate in a unique experiment. On Earth, most spiders spin a web and passively wait for food to come to it. However, jumping spiders actively hunt for prey. Whey they see supper, they jump to catch it. The question is this: what happens when a spider jumps in space? Will it adapt and successfully hunt? Or will it die of starvation? This book was named a 2017 National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) Outstanding Science Trade Book.

Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma

Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: 2015 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
2015 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
The Book Power Showcase also features a third animal biography, Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub. It was named a 2015 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book. It tells the story of how a cub is orphaned and how he survives. Amazingly, this cub lived in an urban environment with skyscrapers visible on the horizon. When the mother puma takes shortcuts in her hunting by raiding a chicken coop, the farmer sets a trap. This is a poignant, heart-warming story.

Burn: Michael Faraday’s Candle

BURN: Michael Faraday's Candle. Answer the question, "How does a candle burn?" | Darcy Pattison | Available 2/9/16.
Solid wax is somehow changed into light and heat. But how?

Travel back in time to December 28, 1848 in London, England to one of the most famous juvenile science Christmas lectures at the Royal Institution. British scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867) encouraged kids to carefully observe a candle and to try to figure out how it burned.

Since Faraday’s lecture, “The Chemical History of a Candle,” was published in 1861, it’s never been out of print; however, it’s never been published as a children’s picture book – till now. Read Burn: Michael Faraday’s Candle.

To see the other Showcases from the Children’s Book Council, look in the sidebar of this page.

Readers, how do you discover new authors?
By asking friends? Or by accident?

Discover New Authors

I like to find new authors by both methods, but it’s sure nice when I can do it by talking to friends. Why? Because it speeds things up. And I’m more likely to fall in love with an author’s work if a friend liked it first.

Great Word of Mouth

That’s why I love buying Storybundle books. Here’s the idea.
First, a great author signs up to do a bundle. Then, s/he goes out and recruits other great authors that they know. Here’s what’s important. They don’t just sign up anyone. They know the author and the author’s work.

For the Fantasy Storybundle, Dean Wesley Smith recruited authors that he loves. Smith is well-known in the author community as a writing powerhouse and writing teacher. He’s been in the industry forever and knows so many people. That’s why I was excited when he asked if I wanted to join this Storybundle. It meant that my book would sit beside other great author’s work.

In other words, I respect Smith and his work. I enjoy reading his stories. It follows that I (and you) will enjoy the books he’s included in this bundle.


The Fantasy StoryBundle! - MimsHouse.com

Why Storybundle?

Storybundle is a unique service in the book world.
For one thing, you choose what you pay.
That’s right. You simply choose how much you want to pay.
The basic bundle includes four books, and you can pay as little as $5, if you wish. That’s only $1.25/book.
Here’s the beautiful part of Storybundle, though.

The Bonus

Besides the four basic books, you can also purchase a bonus bundles of six more books. That brings the entire bundle to an incredible ten books. To activate the bundle, you must choose to pay $15, which means you’re spending less than two dollars a book—still a bargain. But that’s not all.

More Choices

You also choose what percentage you want to give to authors and what percentage will go to Storybundle. It’s totally your choice. Most choose 30% to Storybundle for providing the service, but the bulk—70%—goes straight to the authors. It’s up to you, though. Just move the sliders and choose who to support. There’s also a great opportunity to choose to donate 10% to a charity, too.
In other words, you hold all the cards. You decide whether you’ll support the Storybundle service, author, or a charity—and what percentage goes where. You get ten amazing books, plus support the writing community, and a charitable work.

How will I receive the books?

This is great news. Storybundle will send directly to your Kindle or Kindle-enabled tablet or smartphone. Or you can download directly and sync to your ebook reader. Couldn’t be simpler! I love the ease of getting the books. Storybundle is there to help you all the way.

Ten Books!

Here are selected reviews of each book.

  1. Dragon’s Tooth by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    “Kristine Kathryn Rusch is one of the best writers in the field and ‘Dragon’s Tooth’ does not disappoint…Rusch gives us a delightful tale here!”– SFRevu
  2. Universe Between by Fiction River
    “The Fiction River series is a wonderful mind-expanding read, and the Volume 8 Universe Between collection is a great place to start!”
    – Astro Guyz (Darcy: I have a short story in this anthology.)
  3. The Poker Chip by Dean Wesley Smith
    “[The Poker Boy] series is unlike anything else out there. It’s quirky and a lot of fun.”
    – Amazing Stories
  4. To Raise a Clenched Fist to the Sky by T. Thorn Coyle
    “A very inspiring read with beautifully crafted language… The book is full of magic and this magic captured me and made me vibrate at my core.”
    – Julia E., Goodreads
  5. Diandra Crosses by Leslie Claire Walker
    “There is a complexity to Leslie Claire Walker’s stories that invites the imagination to put away the worries of the day-to-day and abandon oneself in realms as fraught with danger as they are joy.”
    – Phaedra Weldon, National Bestselling Author
  6. Alamut by Judith Tarr
    “The best of modern Arabian fantasy.”
    – Emily Mah, Black Gate Magazine
  7. What Beck’ning Ghost by Dayle A. Dermatis
    “Dayle Dermatis writes some of my favorite romance fiction.”
    – Kristine Kathryn Rusch/Kristine Grayson, RT Book Review Reviewers Choice Award Winner
  8. The Girl, The Gypsy & The Gargoyle by Darcy Pattison
    “The deeper into the story I read, the more engrossed I became until I had to read through to the end to discover what would become of these two adventurers. I would never have guessed the ending. Pattison does not disappoint!”
    – Sandra Boe, author
  9. Unbroken Familiar by Annie Reed
    “One of the best writers I’ve come across in years. Annie excels at whatever genre of fiction she chooses to write.”
    – Kristine Kathryn Rusch, award-winning editor and writer of The Retrieval Artist series

Find new AMAZING authors

Are you as amazed as I am? Storybundle delivers great books at great prices.
I love the service because I always find new favorite authors in a bundle. You know the thrill, right? You read a book and you get it. It resonates with you. Instead of stumbling around a bookstore, this is my favorite way to find new authors.

Sometimes, I don’t have time to read all the books at once. I like to read the first chapters to mark which ones to read first. Once the ten books are on my device, it’s fine to take a couple months to read through them. If I discover even one new author, it brings me hours of enjoyment.

August 31 Deadline

The fantasy Storybundle only lasts three more days. The offer expires on August 31.
Go here to make your choices of four books or the entire ten book bundle.

  • You’ll find amazing new authors.
  • You choose what to pay.
  • Storybundle makes sure the ebooks are easily transferred to your device.
  • Hours of entertainment.

Buy the Fantasy Storybundle today. Only available for 3 more days!

Kobo Books is one of our favorite ebook distributors, and they are having a Back-to-School sale. Many children’s books will be discounted from August 17 to September 4.

Mims House Titles Included in the Kobo Back-to-School Sale

All Books Priced at $0.99. Sale ends on September 4

Kobo is an ebook distributor based in Canada. They have beautiful ereader devices; however, you can also use a desktop app or an ipad app or app for other tablets to read these books.

CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Can Eliot save his family with a simple bread recipe? Longing for Normal is "a rare book" says Booklist.
Can Eliot save his family with a simple bread recipe? Longing for Normal is “a rare book” says Booklist.



In this modern-day Hansel and Gretel story, Saucy and Bubba struggle to get along with Krissy, their alcoholic stepmother.  This is a really compelling and ultimately hopeful story. Highly recommended.   -- Debby Dahl Edwardson, National Book Award finalist and author of My Name is Not Easy
In this modern-day Hansel and Gretel story, Saucy and Bubba struggle to get along with Krissy, their alcoholic stepmother.
This is a really compelling and ultimately hopeful story. Highly recommended.
— Debby Dahl Edwardson, National Book Award finalist and author of My Name is Not Easy


I Want a Dog: My Opinion Essay | MimsHouse.com
Hurrah for Essays! All writing lessons should be this much fun. “useful for teachers showing early elementary students the relevancy, power, and importance of effective writing.” Booklist June 2015



Kell, the Alien: Book 1, The Aliens, Inc. Series
Shipwrecked on earth and desperate to make money, an alien family decides to make a living by opening Aliens, Inc., an intergalactic event-planning business master-minded by 9-year old alien boy, Kell Smith. “Amusing, accessible, engaging” – Publisher’s Weekly



Our books are widely available from most ebook distributors. Educational distributors carry our books as ebooks, paperbacks and hardcovers. Look for them where ever you usually order books. Click here to request information on volume discounts.

TEACHERS, DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLES

Teachers, we have free printables to accompany many of our book titles. We are always happy to create a printable for a special project, Just let Sue know what you need.

The Read and Write Series: Printables for The READ AND WRITE SERIES

The READ AND WRITE SERIES is a popular series of essay-writing books for kids. It included these 4 books:

The free printables turn the book into a simple lesson plan! Download them now!

Narrative, Informative & Opinion Essays Printables | MimsHouse.com

DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLES for THE READ AND WRITE SERIES

The Aliens, Inc. Series

These short chapter books are perfect for the 1-4th grade who is moving up to independent reading. You’ll find a variety of activities for individual books and for the series.
The Aliens, Inc. Series is great summer reading for kids going into 3rd-5th grades. | MimsHouse.com

The Aliens, Inc. – Teacher’s Guide

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross | Surviving plastic pollution and other disasters for over 65 years. | Mims House
Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly. Click to learn more.



To accompany, Wisdom, the Midway Alabatross, illustrator Kitty Harvill. Kitty has prepared coloring pages with partial drawings for the child to complete.
Complete The Albatross. Printables for Wisdom, the Midway Albatross | MimsHouse.com
Click to download un-coloring pages.

On August 7, 1937–exactly 80 years ago–the Nantucket Island Inquirer and Mirror newspaper led with a startling headline:
A Sea Monster | Bill Manville Says He Saw One Off Nantucket. Insists He was Not Dreaming. Hopes I Appears Again to Verify His Story.


See the digital copy of the article here.

Planning a Hoax

This was an elaborate hoax in which the newspapermen knew that the story was fake. It took a long time to prepare for, but no one knows exactly how long.

Here’s what we know about the sea monster

Tony Sarg was a master puppeteer and ran a local Curiosity Shop on Nantucket. He was responsible for the original design for the massive balloons that flew in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He saw them as upside down puppets or marionette. If you’ve ever watched the balloon handlers, you can understand how apt this analogy was.

For the 1937 Parade, Sarg designed a massive sea monster balloon. Sometime that spring or early summer, Sarg and Macy’s officials agreed to do a publicity stunt and float the balloon off Nantucket Island. They talked with the newspaper editor of the Nantucket Island Inquirer and Mirror, who agreed to go along and to print articles, even though he knew they were fake. Another newspaperman who worked for a wire service agreed to reprint the story and send it out on the wires.

To make the hoax a reality, the Akron Rubber and Tire Company, the makers of the balloons, shipped the balloon, along with several thousand pounds of compressed air to fill up the balloon.

For two weeks, newspapers printed stories about the sea monster. The story itself spread from Cape Cod to California. Finally, on August 18, 1937, word went around that the sea monster had been caught by Tony Sarg. People flooded the beach to see it–only to discover that it was a rubber balloon.

Researching the Book

To research the book, I went to Nantucket Island in 2011. We rode bicycles across the island, stopping at cranberry bogs, and visiting Mandaket Beach and the beach where the balloon was pulled out. The historical museum had an interesting archive of material. However, they mentioned to me that another author, Melissa Sweet, was researching Tony Sarg. When I went home, I contacted her and learned that she had a contract for a book. That was Balloons Over Broadway, which was awarded the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal, and the 2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award.

After emailing with Melissa, I knew my story was dead in the water.
But here’s the thing: I was never interested in the same thing as Melissa. As an artist herself, she was interested in Tony Sarg’s art and life. I was only interested in the sea monster hoax. Still, no one would touch my story after her brilliant book.

Non-Political Fake New Story

But time moves along. And this year, in 2017, after a grueling election process in 2016, I began to hear teachers, parents, and librarians ask for a particular kind of book: A non-political fake-news story. I pulled out the research and looked at it again. Yes, this was a non-political story. And it was definitely a fake news story. Whether you call it a hoax, a fake new story or a publicity stunt matters not. The fact is that newspapermen knew the story was false when they published it.

To make the book useful in the classroom, I added a discussion of the First Amendment. I found two contradictory statements from Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. President:

1) “Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.” Source
2) “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.” Source

Historical Archive of Photos

One of the fascinating things about this event are the photographic records. The Nantucket Historical Society maintains a Flickr album with many b/w photos that were invaluable to illustrator Peter Wills as he worked on this book. See the Tony Sarg’s Sea Monster in Nantucket Flickr Album.

Here are a couple photos from that album.

Tony Sarg's sea mosnter | Mims House
See the length of the sea monster (135 feet) and compare the size to people.



Sea monster footprints on Nantucket Island | MimsHouse.com
Measuring the sea monster footprints on the beach.



Tony Sarg and spectators pose in front of the sea monster's mouth. | MimsHouse.com
Tony Sarg and spectators pose in front of the sea monster’s mouth.


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American Scientist: Donald S. Erdman

When you teach kids to write in a science notebook, it helps to first look at historical science notebooks. What did real scientists do with a notebook? Today, we’ll look at a fascinating trip to the Arabian Sea in 1948 by a Smithsonian fish scientist.

Donald S. Erdman was a ichthyologist, or fish scientist who was invited to the Arabian Sea in 1948. Erdman worked for the Division of Fishes, Unites States National Museum (USNM) (A Smithsonian affiliate). An American oil company, ARAMCO, was considering doing more business in the Persion Gulf and the Red Sea. Before investing money, they wanted to know if they could feed employees stationed in the area.

To answer that question, they asked Erdman to do a survey of the fish of the Arabian Sea, especially whether or not there were edible fish in enough numbers to operate a cannery. While on the trip, Erdman collected over 5000 different kinds of fish and found plenty of edible fish.

An Ichthyologist’s Science Notebook

We know about this trip because Erdman kept a diary and later used it to write articles about the trip.

Here are a couple interesting pages from his notebook. Please notice how he used color. When scientists write in their notebooks, they often draw specimen, too. Here, Erdman is using color to give information. When the fish were preserved, they turned a brownish-black color, losing all the color of their natural state. To save that information, Erdman colored his fish.

For example, look at the fish drawn right in the middle of the page. Erdman wrote around the drawing.
Page from science notebook of Donald Erdman

Sometimes, he used words to describe the fish, too. He explained that the colors were spread out except the purple blue spots on his head. The light steel blue color was found on the top, mixed in with yellow. Faint black bands seemed to be random.

The words alone wouldn’t give the same information; this scientists needed drawings, including color to record information accurately.

Other pages from Erdman’s Diary:

Page from science notebook of Donald Erdman


Page from science notebook of Donald Erdman

Page from science notebook of Donald Erdman

See more photos at Donald Erdman’s Field Notebook on the Smithsonian Flickr account.

MY STEAM NOTEBOOK: 150 Years of Primary Source Documents from American Scientists

My Steam Notebook | MimsHouse.comErdman is one of eleven scientists highlighted in My STEAM Notebook. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each discipline is represented in questions/activities at the end of the book.

The book uses the notebooks of these American scientists to discuss a progression of writing skills that can be used to teach students how to use notebooks for scientific observation. Here’s the progression of skills explained in the introduction:

  • simple lists
  • drawings + text
  • interdependence of drawings + text
  • description and scientific language
  • narratives
  • botanical illustrations/using magnification
  • using color to add information
  • visual details
  • photography
  • informational writing

NSTA Recommends

The National Science Teacher’s Association publishes a site that recommends books for teaching science, NSTA Recommends. This is their review of MY STEAM NOTEBOOK (emphasis added).

Reviewed by Steve Canipe
Director, Science, Mathematics & Instructional Design Technology

This book, written by Darcy Pattison and entitled My STEAM Notebook: 150 Years of Primary Source Documents from American Scientists, at first look might well draw a startled reception from teachers and parents. The reason for this is that the book is mostly blank pages. A reader might well think what is this? Ms. Pattison, the author, explains her reasoning for blank pages in the well–written introductory notes. She has poured through many scientific notebooks used by American scientists, ranging from those in the mid–1800s to the end of the 20th century and it appears her purpose is several fold. One, she wants to introduce the idea that all scientists keep a journal, notebook, or other record of their observations, experiments, experiences, etc. Two, she wants to inspire young scientists to start or keep doing good record keeping and has provided a blank template to follow.

The presentations of the 10 historical scientists and their notebooks/journals are very short and each occupies only two facing pages. Following each scientist’s two–page description, there are 10 blank pages for doing recording, making observations, etc. The first notebook described was one done by Alexander Wetmore who started his journaling at the age of 8. He published his first article at age 15 describing his observations of red–headed woodpeckers. As an adult, he became the sixth secretary of the Smithsonian Museum from 1925–1952. Pattison uses a mnemonic of shadowed and outlined letters (STEAM) to help readers identify the STEAM aspects contained in the work of each of the 10 scientists she describes. She describes both process and product notebooks/journals. The point is clearly made that the process–type notebook is most useful for formative feedback and that product–types are most often used for summative feedback. The book’s blank pages are designed more for process than product, but as the author points out, additional document pages can be glued or stapled in the notebook thereby making it a sort of hybrid notebook and more useful for a summative assessment.

The book has 36 blank glossary spaces where the student scientist can record any unusual or unknown words. In addition to the glossary, there are discussion questions posed for each of the 10 scientists’ work. These questions are divided into the various STEAM areas identified and focused on in the readings. Additional helps in the form of photo permissions and references for further exploration are provided at the end of the notebook. Inspiration garnered from the scientists’ work being described is a focus for all young scientists. The author notes that the reading level is geared to the third grade, making this book useful for early grade and older students. Parents and teachers would benefit from using this book to guide observations and further study from their young people. Perhaps the next Wetmore is using this book as a guide right now.

Young scientists are taught to record not their feelings but observable things like taste, touch, smell, sounds, sight. Feelings are subjective, like “I love hearing red–headed woodpeckers making a sound” but observations are objective, for example “Red–headed woodpeckers make a hammering sound when they are searching for food.” This book is a well thought out presentation and one that, even if not used for each person (it is meant for individual student use), can serve as a model for a teacher or parent to have students do their own STEAM notebook. It is a nuts and bolts process book. Users can use illustrations in this book or in their personal versions using drawings and sketches or even digital photography. Keeping good records is the point that is made throughout the book. The historical notebooks/journals pieces point this out. With the use of the outlined STEAM words, it’s easy for students to see the linkages of each of the fields (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) to the observations and experiments. Keeping journals is strongly recommended for all scientists but especially for young ones and this book has a clear–cut process for getting this point across for the beginning scientist. The book or its equivalent should be used as a guide for everyone interested in getting more scientists started on the research path.

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