Friday, January 24, 2014


Today I have a treat for you. Penny Estelle, author of books for middle grade through adult  readers, is visiting with us to talk about one of her mg time travel books in her Wickware Sagas. Welcome, Penny. It's all yours.

Good morning, Beverly! I want to thank you for letting me stop by today!

I would like to tell you about one of my stories in the Wickware Sagas. Bumped Back In Time is Book 4 of the Sagas and involves a 7th grader and one of the greatest poets in the history of the United States.

Sammy Brown, winner of the First Junior Sailing Regatta for kids, ages twelve to fourteen, is walking on air Tuesday, after being absent the previous day, due to the race. Miss Wickware, her history teacher, asks Sammy to stay after class because she needs to draw a subject out of a box and give an oral report on the drawn subject.

“UHG” History and Sammy are not friends, but her good mood won’t be dampened until a fall and a bump on the head sends her back to 1814. It’s her expertise in sailing that allows Francis Scott Key to rescue an imprisoned friend from a British ship that leads to a historic battle and a very famous poem!

The cover makes me want to learn more about this girl and what she's doing.


A full moon lit up the bedroom. Sammy lay on the feather mattress in the dark, staring at the ceiling. The window was wide open, a breeze stirring the curtains, though it did nothing to take away the mugginess of the night air. The nightgown Sarah had given Sammy was drenched with sweat and it stuck to her like a second skin.

She got up and walked to the balcony. Dr. Beanes had been right about his wife. Sarah had sat Sammy down and got her a bowl of left over wild turkey and boiled sweet potatoes, which she inhaled.

The older woman tisked her tongue and her head shook in sympathy, distressed at the poor girl’s story. “Your mother must be worried beyond belief,” Sarah said.

“Oh, I’m sure she’s freaking out all over the place,” Sammy snorted. “And like she’ll ever buy this story!”

“I don’t understand. You write stories to sell to your freakish mother?”

Sammy had to chuckle at that one. “No. She’s just going to kill me.”

Outraged, the woman came to her feet. “She will do no such thing. William will make sure that you are safe!”

Staring into the night, Sammy smiled at the memory. She had assured Sarah it was only a saying, but the woman did not seem convinced.

The sound of horses, riding up to the Beane home, brought Sammy out of her reverie. At least ten men, all in red coats, jumped off their horses and headed toward the house.

A serving girl tapped on Sammy’s door before opening it. “Please ma’am, Mistress Beane would like you to come to her room, quickly.” She turned to lead the way without waiting for a reply, Sammy, hurrying to catch up.

The scene that greeted Sammy when the bedroom opened had the hairs on the back of her neck, not only standing straight out at attention, but screaming “run…hide…wake up!” Goose bumps broke out on her sweaty body.

Dr. Beane was sitting on a chair putting on his shoes while Sarah was wringing her hands and pale as the snow-white nightgown she was wearing.

Before Sammy could utter a word a BANG BANG BANG came from the door downstairs and that’s when all hell broke loose!

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There are five short stories in the Wickware Sagas, Bumped Back In Time is number four. In all five stories students travel back in time to meet or experience the subject that is drawn for an oral report. Work on the street, is the Miss Wickware, the history teacher, is somehow behind these adventures – but nobody is talking!!!!

The other stories involve William Tell, Molly Pitcher, Sylvia Ludington, and The Orphan Trains.

You can find out more about these stories at:

I also have written other stories for the middle grades and stories for the older group. Please stop by:
And the author has added a neat bonus to her visit today. A recipe. It sounds good to me. May have to try it.

Since I’m talking about a “RAH, RAH” story that features a bit of history of the good old US of A (red, white, and blue), I thought I would also throw in a great….and I mean great recipe. Not only is it extremely tasty, but it’s the easiest recipe I’ve ever done AND, wait for it…’s a Weight Watcher dessert!

2 – twelve ounce bags of mixed berries with no sugar (One I used was strawberries and blueberries) This is the red and blue part!

One white cake mix (no added pudding)

can of diet 7 Up

Place frozen fruit in a 9x13 baking dish. Add dry cake mix over the top. Pour soda slowly over cake mix. DO NOT stir the cake mix and the pop - this will give you a 'crust'. If you stir the two, you will hsve a cake like topping.

Bake 350 for 45-50 min.


Thanks, Penny, for sharing your stories with us today. Come back.

I've read a couple of her mg books and they're just right for students to learn interesting facts about history.

Happy Reading


  1. Thank you so much Beverly for letting me barge in today. You are a wonderful hostess!

  2. My pleasure, Penny. Your books are entertaining while giving the reader a bit of history, a great combination. Stop by anytime. :)

  3. LOL! I love that dialog. It's amazing how idioms and phrases develop over the years.

  4. Amen, Crystal! I worked with Kids for 21 years...I have kids and grandkids all over the place....You just never know what's coming!!!

  5. I read the book about the Orphan Train and loved it. Penny, you're a good writer. It's important to make history fun as well as revealing, which you've managed to do brilliantly.

  6. And that's why writing for kids is so much fun, Crystal. :) Penny does it quite well.

  7. I haven't read the Orphan Train story yet, S. Willett. Hope to one day.

  8. Keep 'em coming, Penny. I'm sure Miss Wickware's box still has quite a few 'special' slips of paper in it.

  9. I'm dying to see what this recipe looks like.

    Great concept for the series. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  10. What a cute story premise and excerpt! I'm wishing Penny much success, and thanks for the recipe - I'd never heard of that one before. :)

  11. Miss Wickware is quite a teacher, Renee. I enjoyed meeting her. :)

  12. It sounds like an easy recipe, Kelly, and easy works for me.

  13. Kids should have fun with the stories, Lexa, while they're learning a little history too.

  14. Ladies, I so appreciate all the comments. Thanks so very much for stopping by. I will say, the stories of the Wickware Sagas were fun to research and write! I learned so much from each of these stories.

    As far as the recipe goes...I am not a cooker or a baker and this one is fool proof!!!!