A story about small acts of courage from the author of A Crooked Kind of Perfect.Do not let a mop sit overnight in water Fix things before they get too big for fixing Custodial wisdom Mattie Breen writes it all down She has just one week to convince Uncle Potluck to take her on as his custodial apprentice at Mitchell P Anderson Elementary School One week until schoolA story about small acts of courage from the author of A Crooked Kind of Perfect.Do not let a mop sit overnight in water Fix things before they get too big for fixing Custodial wisdom Mattie Breen writes it all down She has just one week to convince Uncle Potluck to take her on as his custodial apprentice at Mitchell P Anderson Elementary School One week until school starts and she has to be the new girl again But if she can be Uncle Potluck s apprentice, she ll have important work to do during lunch and recess Work that will keep her safely away from the other fifth graders But when her custodial wisdom goes all wrong, Mattie s plan comes crashing down And only then does she begin to see how one small, brave act can lead to a friend who is hound dog true.
Hound Dog True A story about small acts of courage from the author of A Crooked Kind of Perfect Do not let a mop sit overnight in water Fix things before they get too big for fixing Custodial wisdom Mattie Breen wri
Title: Hound Dog True
Author: Linda Urban
↠ Hound Dog True || ☆ PDF Read by ☆ Linda Urban
Linda Urban299Linda Urban
Title: ↠ Hound Dog True || ☆ PDF Read by ☆ Linda Urban
Posted by:Linda Urban
About the Author
This was from the About Me section at Linda Urban s website.I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in a suburban house that looked like all the others on my street Sometimes I liked that sameness It made me feel normal, when I worried I wasn t.Other times, though, I wanted to be different to shine, to have people see me as special I tried ballet dancing and singing and playing musical instruments, but I wasn t very good at any of those things But writing stories was fun And often people liked what I wrote.At Oakbrook Elementary, I wrote lots of poems and stories One story, SUPERBOX, was about a crime fighting shoe box That story won me a prize Even better I got to read it out loud to my classmates, who laughed at the funny parts and cheered when Superbox fought off the evil potato chip can that was his mortal enemy Nothing made me feel special than hearing an audience cheer for a character I had written.So, I kept writing All through elementary school and junior high I wrote short stories and plays and poems.But then I learned something.Not everyone will like every story you write And sometimes, that will make you feel very bad.I remember once, I wrote a story about how I felt on Christmas Eve I described my excitement, that tingling sensation I got anticipating the presents I knew would be under the tree the next morning A boy in my class thought one of the words I used was weird and that I was weird as a result He laughed at my story and his laughter stung.I began to write nonfiction, mostly articles for my high school yearbook and newspaper These pieces took thought and hard work, but unlike my stories, I felt like I didn t have to put my secret heart into them I could hide behind the words and no one would make fun of me or the things I wrote about.I also started to worry that maybe I was not as good a writer as I had imagined myself to be I started comparing my writing to that in the books I read No way was I as good as that More about that sort of thing here By college, I had turned my writing toward advertising and marketing, using my creativity to sell the creative work of others.Which wasn t such a bad thing Why not, you ask It landed me at Vroman s Bookstore, a large independent in Southern California, where I served as marketing director for about ten years.What a great job I was surrounded every day by books and authors and artists and readers One of my responsibilities was to organize author events I met thousands of writers and learned that most of them have their own fears Even the most successful worry that readers won t like their books Even the most talented sometimes think they aren t as good at writing as they ought to be.Hearing this gave me courage.While I was at Vroman s, I also ran a summer writer s workshop series Every Saturday a writer, illustrator, or editor would come talk to aspiring writers about writing Secretly, I took notes Their talks gave me tools for writing better stories.Finally, when my daughter turned two and I turned 37, I got the guts to try writing fiction again Having a child brought me back to reading the kinds of books that I most loved, books for kids As much as I enjoy reading grown up books, it is kids books that grab my heart and make me think and spin my imagination.Reading those books gave me inspiration.