“Life in the Seven Kingdoms is never dull . . .” 

–Jen McConnel, School Library Journal


Kid-powered fun and a new Valentine fairy tale for ages 9 to 12

Imagination is the best kind of kid-powered fun, even when there's lots of legwork!

The medieval Christmas Market in Siegburg, Germany has wonderful, people-powered entertainment. Check out these Viking ships and the carousel. The soundtrack is the bells from the pink tower next to the market.

men at work cranking carousel

Men at work

This slightly blurry close-up shows the handcranks that power this charming carousel. Okay, so this isn’t kid-powered, but I’ll bet you a medieval silver Taler that kids have cranked this baby sometime.

After all that, you’re going to work up an appetite for some hot, mulled cider in a clay cup or a big plate of something hearty.


people powered wooden carousel

Green entertainment, anyone?

Collect them all 🙂

Christmas special

Every stand in the Christmas market has its own special cups. You pay a deposit in addition to the cost of your spiced wine (Glühwein) or hot apple cider. If you give up your deposit, you can keep the cup.

Some people collect them all.

Living in a country that does things like this fires my imagination. If you’d like a Christmas story with that cider, click here.

If you are a plan-ahead kind of person, there’s a new Valentine’s Day story too–find out more here.

Care for a sample?

Get this 22-page sample of life in the Seven Kingdoms when you join my Readers List.

(Unsubscribe if it isn’t for you. It’s like the cups, except you don’t have to give the story back.)

The short story that turned into a 200-page book

What can I say?

 . . . the cupids, the bees, the Blackfly queen’s grandiose plans . . . it takes a while for the eleven-year-old Saffron twins to get on top of things!  #kidpower