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Why Twinkle is a Great Big Dog! Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10



Our Katie & Kimble readers know that Katie has a dog named Twinkle. Katie named him Twinkle because he was silver, the color of the stars. She thought that in the sunlight, he twinkled like a star.

 

 

Twinkle is a great, big dog. He is an Old English sheepdog. When I was first writing Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, I needed to decide what kind of dog Twinkle was going to be. I really needed a dog that would protect Katie. If you have read Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, you’ll know why! Katie has a lot of adventures and gets into a lot of trouble! It’s a good thing Twinkle is there to protect her!

 

 

For hundreds of years, sheepdogs have been trained to protect sheep. That is why they are so good with children. They make sure the child is safe, too.

 

 

Sheepdogs have long hair that needs to be brushed a lot. Several years ago, I worked with a woman who had a sheepdog. When she brushed his hair, she saved the hair. Then later, she made the hair into a sweater and wore it to work! Yeah, that really grossed me out, I must say.

 

 

 


 

 

Fun Katie & Kimble Hint: On the sidebar, click on the yellow stripes to hear Twinkle barking!

 




 


Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 





Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


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Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!



 




[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]



Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.







© 2008 – 2015 by Linda Thieman




Madeline, age 7, Reviews Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, A Chapter Book for ages 6-10



Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story
Linda Thieman

Pale Silver Rainplop Press


ISBN 9780979439612


Reviewed by Madeline McElroy (age 7.5) for Reader Views



This is a ghost story of a girl named Katie who is nine and the other girl that you see on the front cover is a girl named Kimble who is ten. The two girls met when Katie heard a girl laughing at her new house but she didn’t see anyone. She kept hearing laughter and then she saw a girl ghost on her bed. Katie wasn’t afraid of Kimble. And Kimble was excited to see a new friend in her house.



I like the whole story of it and I want the other book of Katie & Kimble. I like Kimble because she is a ghost, and I like ghosts, they don’t scare me either. My most favorite character is Katie. I also like Kimble’s pretty purple dress. I like the parts when Katie and Kimble hug each other because they are such good friends. The girls like to play outside exploring and going on adventures.



Another funny part of the story is when Katie and the rest of her family in the house were in sleeping bags, everyone but Twinkle, the family dog.



I still like the pictures even if they don’t have color. Lots of chapter books don’t have pictures, but I wish they would, it makes it more interesting to me.



This is an easy book to read for seven year olds. I think a lot of kids in the world that know how to read would like “Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story” by Linda Thieman.



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Read Madeline’s review of Book 2, Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish, here!

 

Download the first six chapters of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story free here!

Download Free Katie & Kimble Word Puzzles for Books 1 and 2 Here! Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10 #IARTG

 

Free Katie & Kimble word puzzles are now available on the sidebar of the Katie & Kimble Blog. There are six puzzles, five of which are also available in the Katie & Kimble classroom materials / Activity Packets.

 

Three of the puzzles go with Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, and three of the puzzles go with Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish. You can download the puzzles as PDF files here, free of charge.

 

Katie & Kimble Puzzles


 


Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media,products and services.

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 


 

 

Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


Paperback version: $5.95

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!







[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]
Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.



© 2009-2015 by Linda Thieman

Can Characters in a Kids’ Book Series Grow? Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10



After I’d written Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, I attended a workshop for writers of children’s literature. When the workshop leader found out I was writing a children’s book series, she made an odd comment. She said that when writing a series for children, the characters always have to be the same age. This means that they can’t learn and grow.

 

 

To say the least, I disagreed. One thing I make sure happens in each Katie & Kimble book is that both Katie and Kimble find some measure of healing and growth. Nine-year-old Katie is coming into her own in every way. She is learning to make her own decisions and discovering that she has the power to help people. Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl, becomes less and less a victim. She is no longer trapped in time because Katie helps her discover what happened to her mother. Katie also helps Kimble say goodbye to her mother. This provides Kimble with some healing and closure.

 

 

Read the original interview from Hope’s Bookshelf here.




Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 





Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


Paperback version: $5.95

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!

 


[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]


Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.



Please visit us here (http://katieandkimbleblog.com) for updates.




© 2010-2015 by Linda Thieman


True Stories from the Author of Katie & Kimble: When I was 9–The Baseball Player #IARTG


by Linda Thieman, author, Katie & Kimble

Hi! My name is Linda Thieman (pronounced TEE-mun). I write the Katie & Kimble stories.



I wanted to share with you my favorite story from when I was 9 years old. This is a true story. It happened to me!

 

 



Right after I turned 8, my family moved to Minnesota. Minnesota is a beautiful state in the midwest. It is just south of Canada and just north of Iowa.


You may have heard of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. There are two big cities in Minnesota – Minneapolis and St. Paul. These cities are called the Twin Cities. That’s how the Minnesota Twins got their name.


Well, we moved into a town that was near the Twins’ ballpark. And, to my surprise, we met three Twins. And I mean baseball players! They lived in our neighborhood!


Two pitchers lived nearby. The third baseman lived across the street from us. His name was Rich Rollins. He was an All Star.


Rich was a kind and friendly guy. His family and my family became friends.


Rich lived across the street from us for two years. During that time, he gave us a lot of free baseball tickets. So, my family went to a lot of home games. We sat right behind home plate! Good seats! At the same time, my dad taught me the game.


Well, when I was 9 and in fourth grade, I was also a Junior Girl Scout. My troop was going to have a Father/Daughter Banquet. Every girl would bring a box lunch. Then, she and her father would eat that lunch together with all the other girls and dads.


Well, the day of the dinner was drawing near. I was getting pretty excited. It was a big deal. Then, boom! My hopes were dashed. I found out that my dad couldn’t go with me. He had to work and he was going to be out of town. I was very disappointed.


But then, I got an idea. I decided to ask Rich if he would go with me. I got my courage together, and I knocked on Rich’s door. When Rich came to the door, I invited him to go to the dinner with me. He checked to see if he was free, and then he agreed! I was so thrilled.


I must say, at the dinner the other “fathers” were pretty amazed!


I served Rich a dinner of fried chicken. My mom made the chicken for me. She also packed the dinner. We also had salad and rolls.


To tell you the truth, I think after we ate, Rich was still hungry. He was a big guy. He needed lots of food!


Then, they started some music for dancing. I asked Rich to dance, but he said no. He said he was having trouble with his knees. It’s true, no doubt. But I also thought he was just shy. Also, maybe he didn’t want all those other people to watch him!


But the funniest part of the day was this. Rich and I had turned around in our chairs. We were watching the dancing. Then I saw a man watching us. He was standing near a wall and taking pictures.


I said to Rich, “That man is taking your picture!”


And Rich said to me, “No, he’s taking YOUR picture!”


Rich was a funny guy.


Well, the man with the camera never spoke to us. But a few days later, our picture was in the local paper. Under the picture, it said, “Rich Rollins, 3rd baseman for the Twins, attends the Father/Daughter Banquet with his daughter.”


The newspaper thought I was Rich’s daughter! Now THAT was funny!


I still have that old newspaper photo of Rich and me buried in a box somewhere. If I ever find it, I will post it on the Katie & Kimble blog for you to see!
*Listen to an interview with Rich Rollins at twinstrivia.com here.*

Copyright © 2007-2015 by Linda Thieman

 

 

 

Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 

 

Get the Katie & Kimble books at http://www.katieandkimble.com



In Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish, Mr. Russell Sings! Hear the Song Here! (for ages 6-10)



In Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish, Book 2 in the Katie & Kimble
series (290L), you will discover that Katie’s dad, Mr. Russell, likes to sing!

 

He sings loudly and he sings well. In fact, he likes to sing when he
feels full of joy!

 

The song that Mr. Russell sings is called “For the Beauty of the Earth.” It’s a beautiful old hymn – one of my favorites. You will notice, if you send a free Katie & Kimble e-card (on the sidebar), that you can choose this song to go with any e-card that you send.

 

Listen here.

 

 


Fun Katie & Kimble Hint: On the sidebar, click on the yellow stripes for a little surprise or two!






Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:

Paperback version: $5.95

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)






 


 


[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 7-10]



Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russell’s don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.





Please visit us here (http://katieandkimbleblog.com) for updates.



© 2008 – 2015 by Linda Thieman