Blog Archives - Meredith J. Berlin -- The Ghost Light Kids Get Hooked
 
Lots of great comments and feedback from readers lately.  I had a conversation today with TB, a 5th grade reader who had some suggestions for future characters and plots.  He suggested that since a villain appears when the ghost light is unplugged in the first book, it should be a hero who appears in the second.  I love this concept.  A clueless hero!  Someone from another time period who thinks s/he is helping, but is causing havoc!!  TB suggested a figure from mythology, perhaps from a Native American story.  Keep these ideas coming!  If I don't get to use them all, maybe some of my readers will write some stories themselves and send them to me!!  I promise to read them if you do.
 
Hats off to the young actors who participated in the drama workshop at the Lake City Library this week!  I loved the variety of Captain Hook performances -- some funny, some frightening.  And there were some other intriguing characters as well.  The experience has inspired me.  I plan to hold a few kids improv workshops to help me generate ideas for the next book in the series  (working title:  The Ghost Light Kids Want More).   Keep an eye out for announcements of those workshops in early spring of 2010. 

Many thanks to all who came to the event, and to the staff of the Lake City Library for their help and enthusiasm.  I'm off now to read (and sing along to) the musical score of Oliver! by Lionel Bart to research the next book...
 
Keara, Anthony and I have been getting ready for the dramatic reading next Monday at the Lake City Library.  We've chosen the chapters I'll read and the ones they will act out.  Anthony is going to be the spirit of Captain Hook.  We've got a great hat (the one Larry uses when he dresses as a pirate to play on his band-of-pirates Ultimate frisbee team), and we're not too worried about the hook.  The boots are definitely a challenge, and we found a coat that is only so-so.  Haven't given up hope yet...those who come to the Lake City Library event can judge the final result. 

About the next book in the Ghost Light Kids series (a few young readers have told me they are looking forward to getting their hands on it) -- I have now made up my mind about the basic plot.  It involves a famous Dickensian (actual word??)  pick-pocket and introduces some of Maggie and Jacobs new (human) friends.  Stay tuned...