Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the tween chapter book "Miss Priss: On and Off the Court" by Judy Phillips and Brenda Nichols from September 15 to 21, 2015.
MISS PRISS: ON AND OFF THE COURT is book one in the new tween chapter series by Mom’s Choice Award winning writer-illustrator Team, ‘Brenjudy’. On and Off the Court introduces Priscilla Penelope Paxton (Miss Priss), a ten year old whose interests and curiosity land her in, sometimes, sticky situations. A unique coming-of-age story bound to bring giggles and enjoyment to all its readers as Miss Priss encounters and overcomes a slew of challenges, even the one that will continue to grow—self-awareness. The book features full color illustrations.
About the BookTitle: Miss Priss: On and Off the Court | Author: Judy Phillips | Illustrator: Brenda Nichols | Publication Date: August 20, 2015 | Publisher: Tadpole Press ...4 Kids (a division of Smooth Sailing Press) | Pages: 230 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 Summary: Priscilla Penelope Paxton is a witty ten year old whose inter-ests and curiosity land her in, sometimes, sticky situations. Dance classes, Girl Scouts, school assignments, friends and hanging out at her family's drug store, and the local Piggly Wiggly would leave any other person with no time for any-thing else. Yet, the thrill of basketball and joining the Little Dribblers finds its way into Miss Priss' heart. Though this interest will prove to be a dream that requires overcoming the greatest of challenges; Mom’s opposition. A task that will require ingenuity, perseverance and a little help from some loved ones.
This Writing Business is Always an Adventure!
Brenda Nichols, Brelee Nichols and I journeyed to Houston, Texas, last November to brave the elements in order to meet one of our publishers from Smooth Sailing Press. Neither rain, snow, sleet or hail could stop this determined crew of four! Our mission, you might ask? Well, just one of the most important things to each of us. Miss Priss. Our dream. Our work. Our goal for the past few years. And now, the time has come. During the fall of 2015 Miss Priss will enter the literary stage. We are holding our collective breath, so to speak, in anticipation of the response. From you, the readers. Our critics. We hope you learn to love our beloved Miss Priss as we have grown to love her.
Today, we put onto film and audio tape Miss Priss's likeness and voice found in Brelee Michelle Nichols, daughter of Barry and Brenda Nichols, who happens to be the illustrator and creative collaborator to the Miss Priss narrative. Brelee was a real trooper! She shot baskets and dribbled a tired old basketball found on site in cold, drizzly rain while Mom (Brenda) took photos for posterity as Judy (author) held an umbrella over the photographer who bravely filmed all the while protecting her valuable equipment. Success! Brenda sent photos to her coaching buddies across the nation to brag on her daughter's fine form.
Brelee was filmed dancing as only Miss Priss would dance. and speaking as only Miss Priss would speak in an actual sound studio.
This author has goose bumps realizing a dream. A dream birthed four years ago of a girl wanting so desperately to play basketball that she would fight for her right to do just that. Live her dream. I can't wait for Miss Priss ~ On and Off the Court to be in print as the years of effort have been worth it. The journey of writing and publishing is just that. A journey to be traveled which may not ever truly have an end to it. Miss Priss plans to continue finding her way in this world. May you also pursue your dreams and not let obstacles keep you from them. Stay JOYful and Write On!