BOOK REPORT DUE?

Miss Frankenberry understands that students sometimes need help in preparing book reports. Although Carolyn does love to hear from you and wants you to do well and perhaps even become a great writer someday, she doesn't have time to do your research for you. However, if you ask nicely, she is willing to answer a few questions.

But, before you write to Carolyn, be sure to read My Life, Writer's Journal, and My Books. You'll find the answers to most of your questions there.

Be sure to begin your letter with the salutation: "Dear Ms. Meyer." Tell her where you go to school, what grade you're in, and why you need the information. Ask no more than 2 or 3 questions. Check your spelling! Bad spelling makes Carolyn's teeth ache. Remember to say "please" and "thank you," and end your e-mail with your first name and last initial.

Although Miss Frankenberry can't guarantee that you will get an A on your report, she can promise you that Carolyn will be grateful and will send many happy thoughts in your direction.

The Grammar Dragon

Meet Miss Frankenberry


No, this is not her picture. Not even close.
My Miss Frankenberry had no idea a bright pink cereal with fake strawberry flavoring would eventually be named for her. Or maybe it wasn't. Scientists said the food coloring would turn your poop pink.

My Miss Frankenberry, who actually existed, was shaped like a refrigerator (the old fashioned kind with the round thingy on top), and she wore her hair in a braid that went aroundandaroundandaround her head and was nailed in place with LOTS of hairpins.

The REAL Miss Frankenberry was my high school English teacher. She was always hunting grammar mistakes. We called her the Grammar Dragon.

Here is one that always made her breathe fire: THE MISUNDERSTOOD APOSTROPHE

The APOSTROPHE is the little guy that hangs up there between the n and the t in isn't and between the o and the s in Leonardo's.

The APOSTROPHE has two basic missions in life.

Apostrophic Mission #1. Apostrophe takes the place of a missing letter when two words are pushed together to form a CONTRACTION (meaning that something has been squeezed to make it smaller)

Example: he is -- drop the i, push the two words together, and you get he's.

More examples: they are = they're
there is = there's
will not = won't
it is = it's
should not = shouldn't
cannot, can not = can't
do not = don't

We use these contractions all the time in our speech and in informal writing.


Apostrophic Mission #2. Apostrophe, followed by an s, shows possession: somebody or something possesses something or has something.

Bullwinkle's antlers
Superman's cape

And here's the Catastrophic Apostrophic Mistake that makes the Grammar Dragon completely crazy:

mixing up it's and its.


Its, called a possessive pronoun by the Grammar Dragon, doesn't need an apostrophe: The bird is in its cage.

It's is a contraction, a squeezed form of it is: It's not happy in its cage.

Make a Grammar Dragon happy today and learn the difference between it's and its.

(Other possessive pronouns: theirs, yours, hers, his. No apostrophe!)

NOTE to people who think words are fun: apostrophe is a Greek word meaning "turning away." Weird, huh?



Fiction for Young Adults

Fiction for Young Adults
Dowdy Peggy White reinvents herself as a glamorous photographer, capturing memorable images during the 1930s Depression and 1940s World War II
Three gutsy girls go looking for adventure in the West in the 1920's
Anastasia and her three sisters are the privileged daughters of the richest man in the world, until their world begins to crumble.
YA Historical Fiction
What's it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world? When Helen of Troy elopes with Paris, her daughter, Hermione, stows away on a Greek ship in search of her mother, hoping to bring her home--and perhaps to find a love of her own.
The future queen of England lives a life of privilege, but privilege comes with a steep price of isolation and loneliness--until she meets Albert.
She leaves Scotland as a child, is sent to France to marry the future king, returns to Scotland as a young woman to rule; a wild queen in a wild country.
First published in 1992, my first historical novel, has been reissued with a new cover.
Cleopatra has been chosen to be the next queen of Egypt, but she faces ruthless competition from her sisters. (Watch a video of Carolyn on this page)
The dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last queen of France. Young Royals series
Who would not fall in love with--or at least have a mad crush on--young Will!
Marie van Goethen was a dancer in 19th century Paris and modeled for Degas's famous sculpture.
A fictionalized account of the early life of Charles Darwin, narrated by Charley himself.
Mozart's talented sister, Nannerl, struggles to achieve life she deserves--in music as well as in love.
Contemporary YA
Four characters, four big issues, four compelling stories: BECAUSE OF LISSA; THE PROBLEM WITH SIDNEY; GILLIAN'S CHOICE; THE TWO FACES OF ADAM

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