Dave Davidson, the persuasive hero of my soon-to-be-released middle-grade comedy, 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6, will be taking over this blog for the next month. Dave is a self-proclaimed “fear-slayer” who helps his friends through the scariest moments of grade 6, with sage and not-so-sage advice.
Afraid of dancing at the school dance? Dave has tricks to fix that: sprain an ankle, eat expired food to get sick, or get suspended. Have a public speaking phobia? Dave has tricks for that, too: pick up a virus, forge a note from a therapist, or join a punk rock band and lose your voice. Don’t worry, this is comedy: everything works out in the end. When all the dumb and dangerous ideas fail, Dave always arrives at awesome. He just takes the long way there. Because who’s in a rush to face their fears? Seriously.
Dave is the kind of kid who has trouble waiting a whole month for his book to come out. In preparation for its release, I’m calling the next month Fearless February, and I intend to blog about fear all month long. Or maybe Dave will blog for me.
I already wrote several blurbs about phobias when my first children’s book, Walking Backward, was published in 2009. (That book also dealt with phobias. Fear is one of my favourite topics. They say to write what you know, right?). You can read that info (and even take a phobia quiz) on the Phobia Fun Stuff pages of my website. Or you can just wait because I’ll be recycling that old info – what sixth grader wouldn’t? – plus adding new topics, fun facts, fear-slaying suggestions, and silly doodles, to create a giant phobic blogorama throughout the month of February 2014. You’ll be totally ready for the release of 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6 in March.
That’s 28 days of fear – but don’t be scared. Education is the key to freedom, and learning about phobias is the first step toward conquering them.
Here are the phobias I’ll be looking at this February. Dave Davidson helps his friends conquer some of them in 28 Tricks. Sort of. At least he helps them have a lot of fun while trying to conquer them.
If you have faced, fled, or conquered any of these phobias, please leave a comment during Phobic February to tell me all about it. At the end of the month, I’ll randomly draw a name from the month’s comments and send the winner a copy of 28 Tricks. So don’t be scared to leave a comment. Here’s what we’re facing:
Scary stuff. (Except that last one, which is only scary if you’re in grade 6 and there’s a dance coming up and your mom is making you go.)
Check out Fearless February any or every day of the month, starting tomorrow. Learn a little, laugh a little, leave a little comment, and your name will be entered in a random draw to win a copy of this new release in March.
See you soon!