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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



The Sad, Sweet Song that Reminds Me of Kimble (Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, for ages 6-10)



Before Katie met Kimble, Kimble was all alone in that big, old house for many years. At times, she was lonely and sad.

 

There is a song that reminds me of Kimble. I think of it as Kimble’s song. It’s called “Graceful Ghost Rag.”

 

“Rag” means that the song is ragtime. Ragtime uses certain patterns and rhythms. Often, ragtime is fast and bouncy. In the case of the “Graceful Ghost Rag,” this ragtime piece is slow, beautiful, and so sweet you could just cry.

 

The “Graceful Ghost Rag” was written in 1971. The man who wrote it, William Bolcom, did so to remember his father who had died. I hear it’s one of the hardest ragtime pieces to play on the piano!

 

A pianist named John Roache recorded “Graceful Ghost.” He provides us with a free sample. Click here to hear his 30-second sample.

 

 

 

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

 

(c) 2009-2015

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


Watch the Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story Video Here! (for ages 6-10)



Here’s something fun to do! Watch the video for Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story! The video tells the story of how Katie and Kimble meet, shows lots of colored pictures, and uses the Kimble, Kimble chant. You can find the words to the Kimble, Kimble chant over
on the sidebar of this blog and chant along.

 

You can click here to watch the video on You Tube, or you can watch the video below.

 

 







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

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 


 

©2010-2015 by Linda Thieman

Download your free Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story Coloring Pages Here (ages 6-10)

Now you can download free Katie & Kimble coloring pages here! The coloring pages show five scenes from Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (a chapter book for ages 6-10, 280L).

 

Click here to download the Katie & Kimble coloring pages in PDF format.

 

Or, look on the sidebar of this blog. You’ll find the coloring pages and other fun activities there.

 

 

 

Mom's Choice Awards Winner

 

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.

 

© 2007-2015 by Linda Thieman