Musings

Cryptozoology Research Game for Teachers/Librarians!

Librarians have seen a rise in both reader interest in cryptozoology and the availability of new materials. How can public librarians use this interest to create reader exploration and circulation? How can schools use this interest to teach media literacy and meet Next Generation Science standards? Author Lija Fisher and Curious City have teamed up with Loren Coleman of the International Cryptozoology Museum and award-winning STEM educator Suzanne Costner to offer these ideas for a Cryptozoology Research Game. Download the game for free here!

For information about how the game meets Next Generation Science Standards, click here!

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Middle Grade Scavenger Hunt!

If you like to read books and then have the author of those books send you a package of fancy swag, then join our scavenger hunt! I’ve teamed up with a group of amazing debut authors and all you have to do to enter is read our books and answer 1 question per book. Prizes include swag from each author and 1 lucky winner will get a $100 gift card to your favorite bookstore. It’s big bucks, folks! More information below! The hunt lasts through all of 2018 so you’ve still got plenty of time.

Join the hunt here!

Kirkus Review!

THE CRYPTID CATCHER got it’s first trade review and it’s delightful. Kirkus calls it “…a multicultural melting pot of monster-loving nerds.” Thank you, Kirkus!

Read review here!

Junior Library Guild Selection!

I am so honored that THE CRYPTID CATCHER has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection for fall of 2018. Being a JLG selection is a badge of excellence and I’m truly humbled to be included with the other amazing books they’ve selected over the years.

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I got a Bigfoot Costume!

Hello Catchers! Since my debut novel THE CRYPTID CATCHER talks about Bigfoot, I thought it was only appropriate to buy a Bigfoot costume and traipse around the woods in it. I was pretty stealthy, can you spot me?

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Starred Review from Booklist!

Thank you to the lovely folks at the American Library Association for giving THE CRYPTID CATCHER a starred review.

“…(Fisher) dishes up an action-oriented romp…and salts the plot with tantalizing hints that the stakes are about to be raised.”

Read the review here!

How I got published!

I’m always curious how people got to where they got to, and how someone got published is always an interesting question. I did an interview with MGBookVillage below that gives a quick rundown of my path to publishing, but if you have deeper questions, please ask!

Read article here!

Another Interview Where I Say More Things!

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The author of ‘A Spy School for Girls’ and I had a little chat!

Read interview here!

Why I Sign My Books the Way I do!

Several people have asked me why I sign my books the way I do. Well, let me explain! I heard that there are some neat etiquette things you can do when signing a book, to make it more ‘special.’ Now, I haven’t vetted the truth to any of these, so take them all with a grain of salt. First, it’s tradition to sign on the ‘title page’ as demonstrated below, though not all authors do this because they don’t want to spoil that page. Next, I cross my name out because I heard that back in Victorian times, when people wrote to each other on embossed stationary, they would cross out their name and sign it if they were writing to a friend, as a gesture of intimacy. So when I put the squiggle through my name during a book signing, I tell the person I’m doing it because they are now my friend, which kids think is pretty cool. I also put the date when my book came out, because I read it’s super special to have a first edition book signed by the author the first week it landed. I always print my note because many kids aren’t taught cursive anymore and I don’t know fancy calligraphy. And, finally, I just sign my first name because I heard that you’re never supposed to use your full legal signature, in case some dirty thief decides to steal my identity or something. Some authors sign their whole name in a different signature, I just decided to use my first name and leave it at that! And those, folks, are my secrets! IMG_3729

The International Cryptozoology Museum!

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Loren Coleman and his International Cryptozoology Museum was one of my first inspirations for THE CRYPTID CATCHER. Mr. Coleman is a world renowned cryptozoologist and his museum is the only one like it in the world. My fantastic marketing guru, Kirsten Cappy of Curious City, reached out to Mr. Coleman to see if he’d be willing to collaborate with us on finding more ways to get kids involved in cryptozoology, and he’s agreed to relaunch his Junior Cryptozoologists Club! This will be happening soon, but in the meantime please check out the wonderful museum here!

As a side note, the first edition of THE CRYPTID CATCHER calls the museum The Cryptid Collection, but once Mr. Coleman gave us permission, we changed the name in subsequent printings to the International Cryptozoology Museum. Which edition do you have?

I’m an author who writes back!

I’m pleased to be participating in the Authors Write Back program that aims to inspire kids, promote literacy, and build connections between authors and schools. If you’re a teacher or librarian and would like to sign up for this free program, please click here!

If a child reads my book and would like to write to me the old fashioned way with pen and paper, I promise to write back! And even send a super nifty crypto-research card! I look forward to hearing from all of you, and be sure to tell me which cryptid is your favorite!

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