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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | JIMBOT, THE MOVIE


About a month ago (when I was too swamped to do anything about it), fellow Project Middle Grade Mayhem-er James Mihaley shared the awesome news that his middle grade book, You Can’t Have My Planet But Take My Brother, Please, was named a Best Book of 2013 by the Bank Street College of Education in NYC.

To help keep the momentum going, James and some rather well-connected friends (an editor on Matt Damon’s Elysium and a cameraman on Breaking Bad) created a six minute short film called Jimbot, The Movie.

I thought this was a funny and original way to promote a book. So did my students. They are currently working on a writing sample to impress James — an action scene about robots, aliens, or obnoxious siblings (their choice) — as part of a contest to win a copy of his book.

Please enjoy Jimbot, The Movie, and perhaps add You Can’t Have My Planet But Take My Brother, Please to your MG reading list! Or Project Mayhem to your blogging circuit.

11 Responses to JIMBOT, THE MOVIE

  1. Love it! Totally picking that book up for my little guy!

  2. Chris Fries says:

    That video was a lot of fun. 🙂

  3. Robin says:

    What a fantastic writing idea for his students. Love to see kids use that imagination.

  4. What a fun video! And I love that there is a writing contest for students. Adding that to my idea book. 🙂

  5. Jemi Fraser says:

    That is awesome! Love the title and the movie. Will definitely check out the book 🙂

  6. It looks great! I’m always happy to find a new MG gem.

  7. Lexa Cain says:

    That is so cute, and I love that your students are getting into the act with their own original concepts. They’re lucky to have an awesome teacher with fun ideas for them if you ask me. 😉

  8. That looks like a terrific kids’ book. And I love that your students are psyched about a writing competition. (Maybe their teacher is rubbing off on them a little?)

  9. vbtremper says:

    So cute! And your class contest is an awesome idea. I love the stories my boys write. Good luck to James!