Middletown Middle available for download on Kindle

This summer, I wrote a bunch for short stories for my kids to subtly address some of the issues my boys have hit on this complicated summer. They include acceptance and racism to scab picking and potty talk, all within the framework of a paranormal public school called Middletown Middle. Since they are obsessed with…

Middletown Middle – Spirit Week

May 2005 The Middle State Robot Olympics is one day away, and the Middletown Middle robotics team has a problem. Their robot isn’t working. It is spirit week, so the eighth graders are distracted by silly hair, wacky socks, free snacks, and pep rallies. The four-student team had the saw affixed, the spike hammer attached,…

Middletown Middle – Bus J

March 12, 2020 The ride home on bus J is always an adventure. It ships the rowdiest kids on the longest ride; forty-five minutes ride down Old Bridge Road through one of the state’s thickest forests. The man responsible for getting the kids home is Portis Tucker. There is no one left at the school…

Middletown Middle – Menu Monster

February 2018 Dear Principal Sosa: My students are e required to write three sentences to summarize their weekend. One of them wrote hundreds. Can you comment? Call the police? WEEKEND WRAP-UP This weekend me and my brother Billy watched a lot of Netflix. I wanted to watch Amphibious Ninjas but my brother said he wanted…

Middletown Middle / Chapter Five – The New Girl

Chapter Five – The New Girl September 1953 The Cold War was a scary time for America. The big bad Soviets were the classic villains, with their missiles aimed at the US. It got so bad that folks started building bunkers under their homes, which were strong enough to withstand the end of the world….

Middletown Middle / Chapter One – The Nickname Curse

Here’s the first chapter of my grade school anthology book –   Middletown Middle.  The school with more mysteries than students. Chapter One – The Nickname Curse “Coloring? Seriously?” the new fourth-grader complains as he takes out his crayons. “We stopped coloring in second grade at my old school.” “Welcome to Middletown Middle,” Jeremy’s tablemate, Ari,…

Dee Dee McGee and Her Musical Knee

Have a little scab-picker living under your roof?  Here’s some bad poetry that may not stop your kid from picking scabs, but will let them know you’re paying attention.  Dee Dee McGee and Her Musical Knee Dee Dee McGee Skinned Her knee,      While Climbing up a sycamore tree. She didn’t shout or little…

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins Boring. That was how eight-year-old Louis Butler described visiting Grandpa Charlie’s cottage on the isle of Jersey. The man did not have Nintendo or Cable TV.  His telly was a old piece of furniture with plants and books atop it. Visits always consisted of sitting around drinking tea in the…

Gross Potions – Available on Kindle Today

I had two resolutions for 2019. The first was to develop a dessert that would be the winter equivalent of ice cream.  Three weeks left in the month, and the warm mousse cone pops are still stuck in R&D. The second resolution, publish a book, check.  I focused more on publishing than desserts and discovered….