During every school visit I’ve done for Jungle Crossing, eventually students ask me about the Mayan calendar’s prediction that the world will end in 2012. I explain how that’s only one calendar of many Mayan calendars & reassure them that the world will continue. But I kind of like this answer better (a friend sent it to me on New Year’s Day):
I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy Spring Break with my 8th grader, I’m just saying that if I could’ve made her wear a burkha in the hotel pool, I would have. I’ve also learned that last summer’s bikini top should always be tried on before this year’s vacation. Okay, enough about my daughter picking up a sophomore in the hot tub…
I’m excited to share my new book trailer for Jungle Crossing. Yay!!!
Chocolate Tidbit: When Christopher Columbus’s son Ferdinand came across a Mayan trading canoe on August 2, 1502, he couldn’t understand why the natives scrambled after what looked like a bunch of spilled almonds. He didn’t recognize cocoa beans–and he had no idea how valuable they were! Or how yummy they tasted.
This week I’m giving away a signed copy of Jungle Crossing, a bobble-head tortoise, and a mouthwatering selection of Theo chocolate bars: Vanilla, Coconut Curry, Chai, Bread & Chocolate, Nib Brittle, and Coffee. If you’re ever in Seattle, a Theo chocolate factory tour is a terrific way to spend an afternoon. Free samples!
A couple of weeks ago, I spotted a blurb in my newspaper about the Z’Tejas restaurant holding a contest for using chile peppers in a dessert. Oooh! I like to cook and one of my favorite desserts is a frozen chocolate cinnamon mousse–chile peppers could only improve it’s rich chocolatey goodness. AND I could name it after my upcoming middle-grade novel: Jungle Crossing…Chill.