The Dog Ate My Blog

How’s that for an excuse? He also ate the last five blog entries. I think I can write an entire book faster than a blog entry. Seriously. I’ve also been a little busy traveling to schools this year to…see the pictures of my hotel room keys as proof! Oh, I was supposed to return those? Oops!
I’ve never come across schools so full of kids who love to read. Everyone outdid themselves with such creative projects. I’ll certainly never forget the hula-hoop dance that two eighth-graders did in front of a packed auditorium. It was exactly like the scene in Jeremy Fink & the Meaning of Life—complete with grass skirt, orange soda, banana, and “You spin me right round baby right round like a record baby right round round round!” I honestly laughed so hard I cried. And then I had to talk for 50 minutes! Or the Scrabble board has the names of my books all interlocking cleverly (compliments of Jeremy Fink‘s biggest fan, Greg Armamentos and his amazing 3/4th grade classes at Whiteley School outside Chicago), or the little pots with apple seeds like the ones Amanda and Leo make in 11 BIRTHDAYS. I’ve heard songs based on the books, seen videos of hilarious skits, played a Jeopardy Game with questions based on the characters, seen amazing artwork including hand-decorated boxes with each kid’s own “meaning of life” inside… boxes.jpg … and eaten a lot of candy! (i think my favorite dessert was an enormous Rice Krispie Treat dyed pink, in the shape of a giant key!) Truly, I’m so touched by the efforts, and i love meeting all the kids who never cease to amaze me and who really “get” how fun reading is.
To everyone who has emailed me over the year, thank you for understanding that I can’t write back individually, but i’ll be sending you an email soon with some really fun updates. If you’re writing a book or author report, please do check the Resources and About Me sections of my web site for interviews and FAQ’s (frequently asked questions)–you should find everything you need there. In fact, i’ll go update it now to make sure.
But before I go…i’m thrilled to share the cover of my next book, THE CANDYMAKERS. It used to be called The Candymaker’s Son, but the other characters were like, “Hey, we’re just as important as the Candymaker’s son! WE should be in the title, too!” When your characters start yelling at you, you’ve got no choice but to listen. I hope you guys like reading long books, because it’s over 450 pages! It hits the shelves in early fall, or you can pre-order it on Amazon at a great discount.
In my next entry (I know, don’t hold your breath), I’ll spill some fun news about another Willow Falls book as a follow-up to 11 BIRTHDAYS and FINALLY (which, if you haven’t seen it yet, came out in March and is the “companion” to 11 Birthdays–you can see the cover in the previous blog).
Then comes my first venture into science fiction/fantasy in a wacky adventure where the 12-year old son of the Overlord of the Universe has a week to re-create planet Earth, which had been plucked out of space and time due to a mix-up over a pie. I told you it was wacky! And last but not least…the long awaited return of the Twice Upon a Time series. Hurrah!!
till then, happy Spring and happy reading!!


  1. Amy on September 25, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Hi wendy I really loved Eleven Birthdays AND Finally I thought it was so cool that they were almost like a series. i really love Amanda and leo!!!

    • callie on September 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

      hi i am callie and i love those books to but i havent finished finally yet is it good??

      • Layla on November 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

        yes!!! it’s really good! how far are you?

        • haley on November 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

          i have not read any of Wendy’s books. can you guys give me the title of them
          thanx a lot!!!A lot of my friends say the books are good i just need the titles, i have enough enthusiasm of the books that i cant wait at all please hurry!!!! thank you a lot!!!

          • Abby on February 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm

            Let’s see… there’s, Every Soul a Star( amazing way to
            put a book together!!! so clever!!!) Jeremy Fink and the
            Meaning of Life (Really deep in why we are here on earth
            and How we are here still an awesome book!!)

          • Abby on February 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

            And there’s, A Mango-SHaped Space( about something that’s
            sooo cool and that i knew NOTHING about[and i have the best
            grades in my grade…] and i wish i had it!! uh.. the disease…)

  2. Victoria on October 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    oh my gosh I’m so glad I read 11 Birthdays before Finally!
    I thought it was HILARIOUS when Rory ran into Leo and Amanda in the lunchline!
    You’re amazing!

  3. Ashley on November 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    oh and i think its REALLY cool how your like making it like a sequel but its not. Its like from differnt peoples point of view…kinda
    I love how you mentioned amanda and leo in finally…o and that leads me to my other question is it called finally or 12 finally?

    Note from Wendy: It’s just called “Finally” :o)

    • Kyra Bowlby on July 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks! I kept thinking that it was 12 finally, but I’ts not!

  4. addie on November 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    wendy i love your book finally i got it at my schools boof fair and i read it in 2 days!!!! im getting your other book called 11 birthdays and cant wait to read it i want u to write another book about rory u r now my favorite aurthor ill update you on how 11 birthdays is i just cant wait:)

  5. Sagirl1 on November 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Can’t wait to get The Candymakers at the library! ;D


  6. Makenzie on December 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I loved 11 Birthdays and Finally! I got 11 Birthdays from the library on my 11th birthday, and Finally soon as I finished. My friends said they understood why I’d be reading 11 Birthdays, but they said I was insane for reading Finally. “You’re not 12 yet!””I thought you just turned 11?””11-year-olds don’t read books that have the number 12!” are all things they’ve said to me in a weeks time.

    • Sophia on February 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      That’s OK if you read Finally!
      As long as you liked the book it’s fine.
      Even if you didn’t like the book it would be OK.
      It’s good how you read a bunch of different books.
      ~Enjoy your books!~

      -Sophia 🙂 🙂 😀 😀 😛 😛

      • Kyra Bowlby on July 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

        Who cares about what those girls said!,Your allowed to read
        ANY books you like!
        and next time they do that, just ignore them, they’ll go away! (trust me, I’ve been doing that and they DO go away!,

  7. Sophia on February 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Wendy!
    I just wanted to tell you that I love A Mango Shaped Space. I was inspired to read it because you came to our school (Pierre Van Cortland Middle School) and talked a little about the book. I am SO glad you came! 🙂
    I never would have found out about the book unless you came. It was such a great book! 🙂
    Go to to see a review about it.

  8. Haley on February 5, 2011 at 1:34 am

    OMG!!! This books are just sooo amazing! i have read 11 Birthdays, A Mango Shaped Space, and Jermemy Fink and the Meaning of Life, or as I like to call it, the Best Book int eh History of the World! I can’t wait to read more. I cried after reading Jeremy Fink. I do not know why. Can’t wait for teh movie to come out. Maybe I’ll cry after that too!:)
    I love you Wendy!!!

    By the way how old are your twins?

  9. sarah on February 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    i want to read your books really bad but i cant get my hands on one 2 of my friends or just to make it easier ill say my f have read a mango shaped space 1000000000 have read finally 1 has read heaven/mall and i want to read one so bad

  10. Sophie on March 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Hey Wendy Mass!!!!!!! I am nine years old and I wrote a persuaive essay trying to convince my libary teacher to allow you to come to my school!!!!!!!!!!!!! So she wrote back saying all the stuff adults say when they dont want to say no. So she told me to look up all of these qustions and stuff

  11. Kyra Bowlby on July 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Dear Wendy and commenters,
    I really enjoyed reading Finally! (it was actully the first book that I read!

    Also Wendy,
    you’ve probably wondering why I’ve been commenting so much:
    Because this commenting is like TWITTER!!!!!!,

  12. Kyra Bowlby on July 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I read the book to and really liked it!, you really amaze me Wendy!,
    P.S I really do like the book to, Sophie!,

    • Kyra Bowlby on July 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      sorry Sophia!, I totally forget that your name was Sophia! I really like your name though, I’ts pretty! and by the way, DO NOT CALL ME KYRA PLEASE!, call me (keer-a) because thats how you say it!!! (not trying to be rude, though, I just get annoyed when people call me that) you probably got annoyed when I aciddently called you Sophie!

  13. Kyra Bowlby on July 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I was Wondering the same thing!,
    Is it, Wendy?

    also, no offense to the icarly fans out there but leaving a simple comment is SUPER hard!,
    I finally just give up!,

    • Kyra Bowlby on July 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      It’s easier to leave a comment on here instead of!,

      You inspired me to become a writer!, I love your books and am hoping to read all of them, this summer!, you probably get annoyed that I don’t stay ”on topic” so sorry ’bout that! (I do not know why I wrote about icarly, I’m weird like that!


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