Zebra Forest: New book is a page-turner!

Great book alert! Did you ever hear someone call a book “a page turner?” That means the story keeps the reader so interested he or she wants to keep turning the pages. I recently read the new book, Zebra Forest, by Adina Rishe Gewirtz and I think it is a PAGE-TURNER. What will happen? How will this all turn out? That’s what I kept asking myself as I read it.

The story is told by Annie, who lives with her grandmother in a remote place, near a forest she calls Zebra Forest. Like lots of kids, Annie’s family life has been complicated. In fact, her father is in prison and her mother is not in her life. She has a little brother, who she loves a lot. Life with their grandmother isn’t exactly perfect, but it’s OK. Until one summer day. I’ll leave it there. Don’t you want to turn the page?

Since we have so many reader girls on this blog, the Pink Locker Society asked Zebra Forest author Adina Rishe Gewirtz to write a post. Want to become a writer? Get her advice below.

And if you read Zebra Forest, come back here and let us know what you think.

Think pink!

By Adina Rishe Gewirtz

When I was about 12 years old, I read To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time, closed the book at the last page, and said to myself: “I want to do that!” I loved the voice of Scout Finch telling me her story so much that I wanted to go back to her again and again. And I wanted to do what Harper Lee had done, and make a book that leaves people thinking for a long time.
It took me what feels like a million years to get started, but this week I’m thrilled to say that my first novel, Zebra Forest, is in bookstores. It's the story of an eleven-year-old girl, Annie Snow, who, along with her nine-year-old brother, learns the hard way that families are complicated, and that sometimes the most important people in your life are the ones you know the least about. With the publishing of Zebra Forest, my age-old secret dream is now out there in the open, on shelves! And since that’s happened, I’ve discovered that many people share the writing dream, and several have asked me what it takes to make it come true.
My only answer is practice. But I don't mean the kind of practice that you need for something like riding a bike, or juggling, or typing, where you do it so many times, eventually your muscles remember the process so your head doesn’t have to. Far from it.
Instead, I mean getting in the habit of writing all the time, about everything. Watching and thinking about what goes on in your world, and learning to describe it. Pushing yourself to think, not only about your own perspective, but about what it feels like to be somebody else, coming to a situation with an entirely different history and background. When you get in the habit of doing that, of always keeping your mind and eyes open, then you’ll have made yourself a writer.


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Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Cool! I havent read it, but if I can Find it in My bookstore (unlikely:() I definately Will! Another suggestion to become à great writer is to carry à notebook and pen everywhere, so That you can carry out the steps of our lovely guest writer, Adina. Sm:)e!

April 17, 2013 at 4:44 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Yay! I got the first comment! Sm:)e!

April 17, 2013 at 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool! might read this. i <3 reading!

April 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

I'll look for it in the bookstore. Sounds awesome! It must be pretty hard to be a writer, Adina! =)

April 17, 2013 at 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Remakingabraverme said...

Cool! Sounds amazing!
You know what else sounds really similar to this? The White Giraffe, which is a truely spectacular book. Its about a girl who's orphaned in a fire, and is sent to Africa to live with a grandmother she didnt know she had. Thing is, Martine has a gift. A gift that will change the lives of not only herself, but all the animals of Africa...

April 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM  
Anonymous gg said...

I,have that book

April 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yah that sounds really cool reading it soon hey guys guess what I miss u guys so much I'm sick so I can't really post but don't worry I will post when I get better

Torquoise girl 🐬🐬

April 18, 2013 at 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Turquoise girl, get Well soon! Sm:)e!

April 19, 2013 at 4:31 AM  
Anonymous hatlover said...

Looks good

April 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM  
Anonymous MyCrush/FriendIsACutie! said...

As a thousand other comment start, so will mine:
Theres this guy...
He's hilarious with a capitol HILARIOUS, sweet, kind, and fun to be around. Thing is, Im not sure if I have a crush on him or I just want him to be my friend. We hang out one on one, go to movies, share food and whatnot. Sometimes Im just like 'I wish he would ask me out!' but others Im like 'This guy is great. Im so glad we're friends. Lately Ive been feeling he may ask me out on a date-date not a friend-date, and I was wondering what I should do!! If this is a friendship, I dont want to ruin it. If this is a crush, I dont want to ruin the chance we may be a great couple!! Help?

April 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM  
Anonymous NOTSICKANYMORE Torquoisegirl said...

i know excatley how you feel this happend to me with my last boy freind my advice is if he ask you tell him you need a day to think it over then write a pro and con list then if you are ready say yes or no when i said yes we went out for like 3 days and then we became freinds but if you guys start dating and you guys breck up just remember that at first it will be alittle bit awkward but after it will smothin out

best of luck buttercup

ps.that guy sounds totally cute man i wish i could meet him LoL

April 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM  
Anonymous MyCrush/FriendIsACutie! said...

Thanks! Oh I know, this guy is one thousand and twelve percent amazing! I'll do what you told me, if it happens! Thanks again.

April 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM  
Anonymous moonlight said...

hi im new and a follower from far away curently im in iran but i used to live in canada i hope i fit in!

April 22, 2013 at 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Torquoisegirl said...


your welcome its nice to know that people can help you even tho they dont know who you really are right? LOL :)

April 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM  
Anonymous gg said...

Hey im gg dont worry alot of people are new,no matter age ask anything u want

April 23, 2013 at 12:41 AM  
Anonymous moonlight said...

SOS my bff (and cousin) just got her period now im the onlyone in my family who hasent got hers yet! i feel left out

April 23, 2013 at 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Remakingabraverme said...

Thats the worst feeling, hey? Thing is, there's really nothing you can do to make your period come faster. It'll come soon enough, until then, dont think of it as a big deal.

April 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous MyCrush/FriendIsACutie! said...

Its pretty cool. I like getting the whole 'anonymous' help. No one can judge you if they dont know your name!!

April 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Moonlight, Im not new, but I dont live in the US or Canada, and I dont feel left out At all, so I doubt, That you will. Sm:)e!

April 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Moonlight, I like your name, anyway, dont worry! I was the last periodless girl too, and your period isnt all its pumped up to be. Sm:)e!

April 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM  
Anonymous chocolatechip said...

cool name by the way! I'm 15 and only started my period a few months ago and I felt sooo left out before, but everyone told me I was really lucky so don't worry about it! You're going to have it for years so just be grateful that you can start a little later :)

April 23, 2013 at 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

Welcome moonlight! I understand how u feel. I'm the oldest in my family but I haven't got my period either. I'm like almost 12 (11 more days!) It's okay, everyone goes at their own pace. Personally I'm not excited at all because the whole thing seems like a hassle. You aren't the only one, I bet there are plenty of other girls just like u. Hope I helped! =)

April 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

Adina, how do you get your inspiration or idea? I've been looking for a good one but I can't seem to find one. Everything around me looks normal and my life isn't all that different. It's like all the good stories are taken. Like.. Divorce- no idea what so ever how that's like. Magic- So many stories about magic and it's all based on those same ideas. Love- my love life is pretty interesting but idk what is right on that and how to make it wise. Mystery- I'm just not so clever on that. That's all I can think of so far. Your book sounds really amazing!

April 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Remakingabraverme said...

@Bluetiful Blossom
Magic doesnt have to be based on the same things. Think of a new creature, or a new religion with tons of crazy gods and beasts that your characters can believe in! Your story doesnt even have to be a completely unique-your writing style will do that.
The book Red Pyramid is about egyptian magician kids who have to revive the sun by collecting scrolls with the spell on them.

Right now Im writing a story about Kahan people who's sun was kidnapped by the moon, so these kids have to go collect gems that hold the spell to destroy the moon.

You can take something very similair and no one (if you dont describe them the way I just did) will know you based your story because all your details, plot,characters, and writing style make any story completely unique. Whatever youre reading now- use that for inspiration!!!

April 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM  
Anonymous cutiepie4eversophie said...

Wow cool story..

April 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Torquoisegirl said...


can you help me think of some and then you guys can vote and the winning name will be my new user

4:Madeline the descion maker

So please help i cant wait to see your names and your votes i will talley it up thanx for the help

April 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM  
Anonymous confuzzled said...

I vote for Torquoisegirl! :D

April 24, 2013 at 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Remakingabraverme said...

I Callmeajesusfreak. :)

April 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

Wow, that advice just totally worked an idea! :D

April 24, 2013 at 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

Ok Torquoisegirl, befir u make your choice I must ask u some questions....
1. Fav colors
2. Hobbies
3. Fav numbers
4. Name or nick name
5. Things u like
6. Things u want to have in your name
7. Words that describe u
8. Fav food
9. What your crazy for
Please answer so I can make a huge list!

April 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM  
Anonymous PinksHugzandPlayinInFun said...

I love Jesus
Sorry guys!
Im a bit biased

April 25, 2013 at 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey girlies. I was wondering if you could help me out. Me and my crush have gotten to be pretty good friends recently and I text him all the time. Since we only see each other at my co-op on Fridays and that's about to be over I want to ask him to hang out sometime. How do I ask him to hang out without making it awkward? Also where do we hang out? Thanks for the help!!

April 25, 2013 at 2:01 AM  
Anonymous hatlover said...

1or 3

April 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far two for callmeajesusfreck ( thank u Christians )
And one vote for torquoisegir


April 26, 2013 at 6:11 AM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

Just casually ask him something like you want to hang out sometime? It's easier to do it when txting. Then ask him where do u want to go. Some examples r the park or go to a ice cream shop or something like that. Namely walking distance. If u guys live by each other u can go 2 each others houses or he'll go to your house and then u guys can just take a walk and chat even. If u don't want it to be awkward u can start of by saying u and a friend or 2 r going somewhere and ask if he wants to come too. Then be like this was fun let's do it again sometime. Slowly limit to only him. Hope I helped and good luck! =)

April 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well maybe h can say next time u do co up u do it like by ur self any way guys my real name is Madeline my nickname is cutie my hobbies are reading writing playing sports singing dancing and I hope that helpt u

Torquoise girl

So far callmeajesusfreck is winning only one vote for torquoisegirl

April 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM  
Anonymous moonlight said...

hi i have a problem i had a fight with my bff at school now im trying to run away from her but she keeps following what do i do to tell her that its over?

April 27, 2013 at 4:46 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

@ Torquoisegirl

Alwaysheretohelp it suits you!


April 27, 2013 at 4:53 AM  
Anonymous trying to make a descion torquoisegirl said...

the votes are coming along i want everybody to vote becuase i cant chose at all
3 votes for call me a jesus freak
1for torquoise girl
1 for always here to help

thanx for the votes guys

any ways about your promblem violinatatsoul
i think you should just tell him how you feel i mean you are freinds with him even if he doesnt like you back i gurantee it wont be awkward so just talk to him also if you wanna hang out with him but you wanna sound cassual say something like"hey dude um im going to grab a smoothie or something wanna come" (it doesnt have to be smootie it can be anything like frosen yourgert ) it isway easier when your texting but if u wanna be truth ful just tell him your feeling it wouldnt hurt right ? just dont look nervous

April 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jemma hasn't posted anything about the PBBs in forever isn't that what this blog is about? I come here for help.

April 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM  
Anonymous LanieJanie said...

hey... i think i'm gonna have my period really soon but i have trouble talking to my mom. How do i tell her when i get it? please help!!! How did you tell your mom?

April 27, 2013 at 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I write a book? :-)

April 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM  
Anonymous moonlight said...

jemma we miss you so please post something anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 29, 2013 at 12:44 PM  
Anonymous queen dimond wink wink said...

@ Torquoisegirl

for a new name Alwaysheretohelp is good by the way i changed my name too guess who i am!
wink wink!

April 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM  
Anonymous moonlight said...

@ torquoise girl

always here to help is a good name for you cuz your always here to help!

April 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous waterlillySPLASH said...

hiya im new but into the pls (and pls blog) ive read the comments and @torquoise girl a good name always here to help or Madeline the descion maker these 2 r good SPLASH

April 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM  
Anonymous queen dimond wink wink said...

who can guess who i was (my old name before queen dimond wink wink) who can guess? NO HINTS FROM ME!!!

wink wink!

April 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Bobette said...

To: Lanie Janie
It may seem awkward telling your mom. But you will be thankful to have a trusted person know about it so that she can help you with anything. I just told my mom in private

April 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Bobette said...

Hey, I know this is random.... but its exciting! so this guest speaker (molly burke) is coming to our school! You may not know her but she is a speaker from 'we day'
ps. my name isnt bobette, i think its a cool name as its the female version of bob.

April 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Remakingabraverme said...

@queen diamond wink wink
You are most likely Bluetiful Blossom or Hugsandsmiles, I think?
I dont think Hugsandsmiles would change her name, but wink wink! reminded me of Sm:)les!

April 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM  
Anonymous gg said...

One i told my mom i said mom i have blood and she new
what to do i was scared at first but then i felt better after i told her

April 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really random but I like a guy who's dating another girl.

April 29, 2013 at 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Remakingabraverme, you're right I wouldnt change my name. Sm:)e!

April 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Turquoisegirl, I like your current name the most, but they are all cool, just do the one you like the most. Sm:)e!

April 30, 2013 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

OMG! My identity has been stolen!(again) whoever keeps doing That, please stop, its annnoying, if you need ideas for à name ask us, dont steal mine! I voted for Turqouisegirl! Sm:)e!

April 30, 2013 at 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Anonymous, of-course! Everyone can write à book if they are dedicated enough! Good-luck and Sm:)e!

April 30, 2013 at 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

LanieJanie, she was already in the bathroom, so I just showed her My undies, anyway relax and just write à note if you're nervous, Life is easier if she knows, and She'll Find out sooner or later, so it might as Well be from you. Sm:)e!

April 30, 2013 at 8:25 AM  
Anonymous queen dimond wink wink said...

so far no one guessed right!

wink wink!

April 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM  
Anonymous moonlight said...

i want a sign like Husandsmiles sm:)e

or queen dimond wink winks wink wink or water lily SPLASHs SPASH please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM  
Anonymous chocolatechip said...

@torquoise girl
I like alwaysheretohelp and torquoisegirl!
@Lanie Janie
Trust me it's really easy to talk to your mum once you have a conversation started. Just take a deep breath and go! When I got my period I just said it all in one and then it was over and then I was comfortable talking about it-good luck!
I don't think it's a great idea to run away from her. Maybe have a conversation with her and tell her how you feel. She might feel as confused as you
I wouldn't worry about it! When we're young it's ok to like whoever we want and if you like him then just enjoy it and don't worry about his girlfriend
Hope I helped!

April 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Remakingabraverme said...

I got my period on Friday! I got it the weekend of a big swim meet, the worst possible timing. It wasnt very heavy so I was okay, but what do I do if my period gets really heavy when I swim???

April 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going with call me a Jesus freack thanks every body

April 30, 2013 at 6:18 PM  
Anonymous chocolatechip said...

How can you tell the difference between period cramps and a stomach ache?

May 1, 2013 at 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

Nope, Remakingbraverme! I don't really want to change my name but maybe queen diamond wink wink is.....
Icygirl;) !!!!!!!! WINK WINK! That totally popped in my head! I MUST BE RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

May 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anonymous- Well you can try telling him or do what i use do which start hanging out with his friends and be cool how ever you do it at your school and then hopefully he will start talking to you :)

May 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM  
Anonymous skyarmyrecruit said...

Man, my mom is probably having a big debate in herself right now. Where do I start? I'll start this morning. My class had gone to the school library. But, this wasn't a regular library we were watching a video of last year's summer school. It was pictures to music, but I could still tell they were having fun. Now, skip to about 10 minutes before I'm typing this. 7:49 P.M. central time. I asked my mom to sign up and she said she didn't want to get up and drive me. I looked at the bus stops and I saw one was just the next street over. I told her that, she was silent. So, I said, "I really want to go!" (sorry if I sound childish.)She replied ," I'll think about it." How do I get her to say "yes"?

"Hello, nurse!" Yahoo, Wakko, and Dot the Warner sibs.

May 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM  
Anonymous moonlight said...

hello? anyone there no ones commenting and jemma isn't posting!

May 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM  
Anonymous skyarmyrecruit said...

Quick question if my other comment doesn't post. How do I get my mom to let me go to summer school? If the other comment is posted then ignore this post.

May 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 12 do you think I am to young to date?

May 3, 2013 at 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

2day was my first dance and it rocked! Danced with a guy had fun and did funky moves and didn't care who thought I was the crazy freak that stormed the dance floor. My ankle actually hurts form jumping up and down on heels. I loved Cupid shuffle, Harlem shake, and the wabble. :P Slow dances r sweet! I'm also hyper because I ate 3 cookies and a can of sprite. :D

May 3, 2013 at 11:28 PM  
Anonymous ParvatiPatil said...

Um.. I know this is weird, but I don't have a crush, nor do I want one. Is this normal??

May 4, 2013 at 3:06 AM  
Anonymous cutiepie4eversophie said...

@ parvatipatil

Yes this is completey normal...u dont have to be like all the rest of the girls with crushes...some girls are not into boys n are not the romantic type...its ok

May 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM  
Anonymous cutiepie4eversophie said...

@ anonymous
for me think 12 is a little young,even 13. Maybe when u get to high school u should date, but thats just me....everyone has their own way of thinking

May 4, 2013 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous cutiepie4eversophie said...

@ anonymous
Even though ur comment is like all the way up there lol i still completey agree with u...this blog was originallly made for pbbs!!! Thats what us girls need to help eachother out with!!!

May 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

Today's my b day! Actually.....no ones noticed yet and today feels like any other day. I think everyone forgot :( Well it is real busy but who needs presents! Love is enough. :)

May 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

Btw on earlier post, I'm 12 :)

May 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

That is totally normal. Maybe it is because you're young. It happens at different ages of maturity. In my opinion it is best to have no crush and not be interested in anyone because you are a free spirit and free from all, that, drama. Trust me. Once you get older and maybe far from now you'll start liking someone. Maybe right now all the guys all dont suit u. No need to worry!
Hope I helped! =)

May 4, 2013 at 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

@Anonymous on April 27,
I totally agree I used to love and learn from the blogs about the the PBBs. Now I barely come online anymore. Cant the other blog be for writing and art and this one be for the PBBs? I used to really look up to Jemma, now.....not so much.... no offense but really.... this really sucks for all of your trusted fans!

May 4, 2013 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous hatlover said...

Wear a tampon if you absolutley have to swim
Period cramps are below the belly button
@bluetiful blossom
I think so too
Ask her polietly afterspoiling her or making her happy
IKR i wish jemma would post more
Depends on wat you and ur parents decide personally i would wait till 13
I love your name and hp rocks its normal not to have a crush you dont have to my freind dosent and anyway hermione didnt have a crush until she was 14

May 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM  
Anonymous hatlover said...

Jemma where are u dude unfrequent postings no logos we miss yuo

May 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM  
Anonymous PinksHugzandPlayingInFun said...

Yes it's normal, your lucky no guesswork on whether he likes you or not, no settling for worthless guy. And no being a slave, to them it is a free state where they all are jerks.
I've had four, and even though do not want to go out with them, or i am allowed, i still do since 3 years ago
My first crush it started one day when Blake made me laugh, he seemed to again and again ! i liked it when he looked eminently into my eyes,and I'm sure he did too! two years went on, and i didn't know i likes him i was 8-9. and i left the school i left him on that day and said bye Blake will never forget you, and also said that to my friends . Butwe actually had a concert that night, so he was their and i said bye again he said bye and he then said i will nevrt forget you, that night's cried my mother asked why, i couldn't tell them so i said i miss my friends, he was a dream a cute and a best friend and i will never forget him, my first crush.

Ps Emma please post on blog with logo WHAt if you don't like you best friends boyfriend they don't look like a good couple hes taking all attention he's not cute he's nerdy there is nothing wrong with nerds but that isn't her type he's going to hate me andher when they break up how yo deal with it please post

May 5, 2013 at 4:01 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Remakingabraverme, congrats! You Will have to wear à tampon or menstrual cup, ask your mum. With Any internal protection, make sure to RELAX! Sm:)e!

May 5, 2013 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Moonlight, you could do something related to moonlight, something you like or if you want to spread something like happiness or peace, do that! Good luck and Sm:)e!

May 5, 2013 at 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Moonlight, you are having issues with the page refreshing too? NeXT time it happens Wait à couple of days or use another computer to get to the blog. Sm:)e!

May 5, 2013 at 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Bluetiful Blossom, I guess Queen Diamond Wink Wink is Icygirl;) too. Sm:)e!

May 5, 2013 at 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Skyarmyrecruit, you Want to go to summer school? Explain how much you can learn and That you will wake Yourself up and make your Own breakfast and brush your hair and get Yourself to school by Yourself, Without bothering her, there is no reason for her to say no, unless they already have summer plans. Goodluck and Sm:)e!

May 5, 2013 at 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Anonymous, I Personally feel That you are too young, but if you think you are ready and your parents let you, go for it! Sm:)e!

May 5, 2013 at 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Bluetiful Blossom, you are hyper? I HADN'T noticed :P. Im glad you had fun! Sm:)e!

May 5, 2013 at 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

ParvatiPatil, there is nothing wrong with you, if thats what you were wondering, and seriously if you read the blog, crushes just seem to bring trouble Sm:)e!

May 5, 2013 at 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Question time!
1. What is your name?
2. Age?
3. Old or Newbie on the blog?
4. Advicegiver or questionasker?
5. Siblings?
One little brother aged 13
6. Favourite colour?
Blue and Pink
7. Do you have braces or glasses?
Yes, both
8. Favourite book?
Harry Potter, The Fault In Our Stars
9. Recommend three OTHER book.
À little princess, Walk Two moons, Princess Academy
10. What book are you reading right now?
The Book Thief, It is Awesome!

All of you are allowed to answer the questions! Sm:)e!

May 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

The awesomest thing ever just happened today! My ballet teacher is reall strict (he's Hungarian) and criticises every little thing I do, but today he Said (twice!) That My jumps were really good and improved! Thats not the awesome thing though, then he Said, jump like you were doing earlier, and I did, and he held My waist and made My jump higher! I felt like I was Flying! I want to be à pas-de-deux dancer! I Loved it! Sm:)e! Sm:)e! Sm:)e!

May 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Actually maybe Queen Diamond Wink Wink, might actually be PinkHugzAndPlayinInFun!

May 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM  
Anonymous PinksHugzandPlayingInFun said...

Nope not me I've only been on the blog for a month and you know me well
Wink wink wink wink

May 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Bluetiful Blossom
ViolinistAtSoul :)

May 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I have a question. I want to ask my crush to see iron man 3 with me but my mom says I should wait for him to ask me. However he said he probably can't go unless a friend asks him to because his family doesn't like paying for movies. He's also rally shy so I don't think he'd ask me. So should I ask him to go?? And if so how do I convince my mom it's ok to ask?? Thanks for the help!

May 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. ViolinistAtSoul
2. 13
3. Old. Well over a year if you consider that old
4. Generally question asker, though I try and give advice whenever I think I can help
5. One 7 year old brother
6. PURPLE!!!!!
7. No. But I used to have braves and I'm getting them again, and I really need glasses
8. Harry Potter!!!!
9. Percy Jackson, Kingdom Keepers, Artemis Fowl
10. The second kingdom keepers. Just started it today :)
ViolinistAtSoul :)

May 5, 2013 at 9:04 PM  
Anonymous gg said...

VIVA LA MEXICO imPARTYING with my family watching cars do weelies and donuts BEST DAY EVER (:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:

May 5, 2013 at 9:29 PM  
Anonymous hatlover said...

5:sister age 15 and brother age 8
6:red and purple
7:i had braces and might get glasses which ill look horrible in ugh
8:harry potter and mother daughter book club and wendy mass books
9: harry potter mother daughter book clubthe hunger games
10: rupunzel the one with all the hair twice opun a time

May 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM  
Anonymous PinksHugzandPlayingInFun said...

1 Ini
2 11
3 newbie
4 little bitof both IDK
5 2 siblings
6 pink and yellow
7 nope

May 6, 2013 at 4:09 AM  
Anonymous gg said...

No i have a friend who had a boy friend when she was 12

May 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM  
Anonymous gg said...

Wait did i say 12 i ment 10 sorry

May 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Remakingabraverme said...

Thats awesome! One of my swim coaches is the same. She called me a drowing duck for a year, but yesterday she told me I LOOKED REALLY GOOD!! Isnt that the best feeling in the whole world?

May 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Remakingabraverme said...

@Hugsandsmiles and Bluetiful Blossom

And heres my answers:
2.11, 12 in 20 days!
3. Ooooold! I used to be CCmay
4. Advicegiver most of the time
5. One older sister whos 13
6. The colour of new buds on a bush in spring
7. Glasses
8. Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Mark of Athena
9. Mysterious Benedict Society, Wee Free Men, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
10. The Various...its pretty good, but not my favorite. :)

May 6, 2013 at 10:29 AM  
Anonymous chocolatechip said...

2. I'm 15 too!
3. Been reading stuff for like a year but only just started commenting
4. Both I guess
5. Brother - 14 and sister - 17
6. lime green and purple
7. Used to have braces and I wear glasses/contacts
8. Harry Potters and Hunger Games
9. I don't know, there are so many!
10. Reading Of Mice and Men for the 3rd time for my english exam

May 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

That is super cool Hugzandsmiles! I'm going to learn how to do dance next yr and it sounds really fun! (most of the time) :)

May 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

My answers:
1. Bluetiful Blossom but real name is Kelsey
2. Just turned 12 yesterday!
3. Old, 2 yr
4. Advice giver but sometimes question asker
5. 6 yr old and 2 month old sisters
6. Pink
7. Contacts
8&9 idk so many books
10. 12 Finally (lol)

May 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ca u pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee post something
I told a friend 2 tell u her prob and she did it
please answer her

May 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know its random but i asked my crush out and he said no. my heart is broken and i feel really awkward around him now!!!! first dilemma between us. HELP!!!

May 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM  
Anonymous GUESSwhoiam!!!! said...

DID U SAY 12 finally ive read that book it like just came out, guys if u wanna read it i reccomment it to somone who likes journals and reading about typical tween lives well when she is twelve she gets to do all the stuuf she always wanted but when whe tries it out... well youve gotta find out if u wanna read it its by wendy mass and shes got a whole series
ps. i used to be missymooiloveu until i changed it to.... wink wink guess who i am now.. wink wink

May 7, 2013 at 5:02 AM  
Anonymous GUESSwhoiam!!!! said...

happy be lated bday im like the youngest here GUESSwhoiam!!!!

May 7, 2013 at 5:03 AM  
Anonymous KutexKat said...

Hi, sorry I do not write much any more but now is a time. Well, my mom tries to be a big help and in case I get my period she is getting free pad samples. I do not like the idea of tampons so :( She is really making me feel uncomfortable. But how do I tell her? I mean... She is trying to help! I just do not like it. Plus she got me bras and now she says they show my "things". Now she got me new ones I have never likes because they don't feel comfortable but she is MAKING me wear them. I said I did not want them and why. Now what is the next step? Any one know how to get rid of a pesty mom with out hurting her feelings. I love her a lot but she is just being way too much for me to handle. I hate to be rood but it just is getting to be really hard for me! I can not do it!

May 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am in twubble, please someone help
my crush is great on some days, on other days he is annoying. Like, one day he was so rude to nme, he said GET OUT OF MY LIFE AND NEVER RETURN.
NEXT DAY(TODAY) my firend aurora she said that i wsas lokking at him so i could see somethign silly so he could make me laugh. she said that to my crush and guess what he siad i have to put this in capitals SO IM YOUR MAN FOR THE SILLY STUFF goodness it made me laugh but look at the first three words IM YOUR MAN OMG but please
i have two questions
how is it like going to the dentist i am absolutely terrrified please help me please my molar is growing out of place its my first time ever going

another thing is why does my crush send me mixed signals and always gets the best of me. ps i wont see him for the next four days please help


May 8, 2013 at 5:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need help!
So I want to ask my mum if I can ask my mum if I can at least wear crop tops or a sports bra. I am so nervous because I am very shy and what if she says that it is a stupid idea? There are a total of 15 girls in the class and 8 girls wear them (even bras(I am in yr 5))
I feel kinda left out and the big problem is that OUR SCHOOL TOPS ARE HALF SEE THROUGH!!!!!!!! I need serious help and before you know it I will be left out!
BTW I have 1 crop top and 1 sports bra!

May 8, 2013 at 5:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Sheridan
2. 10
3. Newbie
4. Question asker
5. A twin sis and a little bro who is 6
6. Blue and pink
7. NONE!!!!
8. Lost count!
9. Can't think properly right now srry!
10. Dork diaries


May 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM  
Anonymous bluesoccer99 said...


See my mom is the oppisite she does not tll me anything so that is why i mostly come here. Sojust polietly tell your mom that you do not think that you are ready for this, say that you want to be a kid a little bit longer and apperciat it if we wait until I need it or I feel comfertable.

Hoe I helped:)

May 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous I_Luv_My_Pitbull said...

@ kutexkat ok I'll help just say mom i love how you are trying to help me and do your part as my mother but, Im kinda uncomfortable with all of this, so can we take things a little slower thanks mom.

May 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM  
Anonymous I_Luv_My_Pitbull said...

Ok now for my question my mom has a new bf and they are talking about marrige im so scared and don't what to think and i dont want to go to shrink. Please help or give advice even if your not in the same pair of jeans. Thanks

May 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM  
Anonymous bluesoccer99 said...

1. bluesoccer99
2. 12
3.in the middle i have been here for about a year
5. 14 year old brother
6. Blue
8. Northern Lights oh best book ever!
9. Idk
10. The bronze Bow

Thanks HugsandSmiles for these awesome questions

May 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM  
Anonymous bluesoccer99 said...

I would really appercaite it if you listen to me. Ok so m and my BFF were walking out f the locker room and she was like "I have way more stuff up their than you do but you are a year younger than me so" (Im suppose to be in 6th grade but in 7th) okay so that was so mean I thought and I was really sad. Latly she has been driving me crazy but I cant say anything and I just realized that everyone get super attached to her and im like the 3rd wheel and then afer a while its like they fall off the edge of the earth. (not litertally) but I realized why she drives them crazy. But I cant run off like they do. So what should I do? and to prove the point aout the boobs. She is in the breast budding stage, cause she told me they hurt and trust i have been through that. and Im probly in the 3rd stage or so. and when she leans over their is nothing their. (not to be weird) and she wears a padded bra and so do I it is just mine sags cause their isnt anough support and hers stick out only because when you lay a padded bra on a table the pads stick out and hers look excaxtly like that. Sorry I just had to get it out. Sorry it was so long but what should I do about this? Sorry I t was so long and messy im just a mess right now please help.

PS im quiet and i would never have the guts to stand up to anyone.cause i dont like it when people treat me mean so i dont want to be that way to others

May 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM  
Anonymous bluesoccer99 said...

A bout the girl I was Just talking about one thing about her that drives me crazy is that she shows here bra strap and sometimes her bra and you can see it. its ont thing if you need one but you shouldntdo that if you dont need one

May 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM  
Anonymous KGR said...

Has anybody here read "To Kill A Mockingbird"? I'm reading it now and it is SOOO good, I really love it so far. It's my mom's favorite book.

May 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Bobette said...

To: bluesoccer99
It wouldn't be a good idea if you started telling your other friends about the situation cuz it will eventually turn into just gossiping about her (past experience) but maybe just edge away from her if you can't stand up to her cuz you shouldn't be friends with a person who is just rude to you. But if she does bullying you more, tell an adult.

May 8, 2013 at 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Boy trouble/gg said...

Umm ok i have some boy trouble is ir wrong to like more than,one guy at the same time

May 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM  
Anonymous I_Luv_My_Pitbull said...

People please help with my question above

May 9, 2013 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous I_Luv_My_Pitbull said...

1. I_Luv_My_Pitbull (LaRissa)
2. 12
3. Since Begining of April
4. Both advice and questioner
5. 17 y/o Brother
6. Coral and Mint
7. No and No
8. Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies
9. Clique Series There is more than 3
10. Dork Diaries

May 9, 2013 at 3:09 PM  
Anonymous bluesoccer99 said...

No, but i have heard it is really good

Thanks, I have trieded to edge away I think I just go way to fast and it so ovius. So I will defeitly take your advice and hope it works.

Thanks girls!!!!!!!!!!!

May 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM  
Anonymous bluesoccer99 said...


i didnt understand the question that well but tell me if im wrong. is it that you dont know it you are sad or happy about marring this guy.

Ask these questions to yourself
do you like him as a potentail dad
is nice to you
will it make you unhappy if he marries your mom?
do you think he would fit in your family?

Hope these questions help

May 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Bobette said...

Here is a fun question:
I love hand games, I do them all the time!
What hand games do you know? I'll start.
Happy Llama, sad llama, totally rad llama!
Super llama, drama llama, big fat mama llama! Lazy llama, crazy llama, dont forget barack obama! fish! fish! more fish!
Turtle! belly! hug! unicorn! peacock! Moose!
It also had hand actions to go with it!

May 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OKay Pls Girls I REALLY need help! This guy I have known since 1st grade randomly stopped talking to me in 5th. Now we are both in 7th grade and I finally got enough courage to ask him if he was mad at me and why did we stop talking to each other. He said he wasn't mad at me and that's all and then walked away. I asked some people about why he did that and some say maybe it's because he likes me but I don't think so. So anyways any ideas PLEASE I REALLY want my old best friend back!

May 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a boy who has always been my bff just kissed me annd told me he loved me when we were at an amusement park at night. i have always liked him too but i dont think im ready for the changebto go from bff to bf

May 9, 2013 at 8:37 PM  
Anonymous I_Luv_My_Pitbull said...

Heyy thanks srry about the misunderstanding your so helpful :)

May 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM  
Anonymous ParvatiPatil said...

1. What is your name?
2. Age?
3. Old or Newbie on the blog?
Are 6 months considered old??
4. Advicegiver or questionasker?
Trying to balance..
5. Siblings?
Brother aged 7 (Uggghh! He's so annoying!!)6. Favourite colour?
Lavender (Sorry guys, I scorn upon pink)
7. Do you have braces or glasses?
Glasses- needs braces because of crooked teeth
8. Favourite book?
Harry Potter
9. Recommend three OTHER book.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm,Ballet shoes for anna, The whole story of half a girl (by Veera Hiranandani)
10. What book are you reading right now?
My math text book (Ha ha!!- No particular book)

May 10, 2013 at 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Bluetiful Blossom said...

Well my conclusions r that friends drift apart. That, u can't change be cause as life goes it just happens no matter how close u were. If he did like u then maybe He lost intrest in u and layer eyes on another girl. Or just moved on. My advice would to be extra friendly to him. Say hi, smile, have nice conversations. Hang out with him and have fun and maybe he'll like u again (as a friend.) Good luck and I hoped I helped! =)

May 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM  
Anonymous bluesoccer99 said...

Tell him the truth u lik him back u are just not ready for a relationship yet, maybe soon you will lik him to be your bf and maybe he will wait but just tell him the truth.

Trust me and my best firend did the same thing we say but arent really firends anymore. Just say that you would really like to be firends with you again. Start hanging ut more and talk to him more just make sure you go slow. This will hopfully reminded him of how much he missed yu.

Hope I helped

May 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM  
Anonymous gg said...

Ok first of all are u sure that u dont want a realationship with this guy i mean this could br a once in a life time chance cause if u tell him im not ready he might think ur never going to be ready and find someone else just think about it

May 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ps. That comment was by me

May 14, 2013 at 5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



May 14, 2013 at 5:28 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Thanks everyone That answered!
@ParvatiPatil, yes I would consider six months oldish, I love Harry Potter too, but I havent heard of the other books. Lol, maths book. Sm:)e!
@I_Luv_My_Pitbull, models dont eat chocolate sounds like à cool book! Sm:)e!
@bluesoccer99, I love northern lights! Although I cried At the ending. You're welcome! Sm:)e!
@DancingWithSheri, you have à twin? That is so cool! Sm:)e!
@BluetifulBlossom, Happy really belated Birthday! I hope you had à great Birthday! Sm:)e!
@chocolatechip, finally, Someone as old as me! :p i love HG and HP too, I had to read of mice and men for school as Well. Sm:)e!
@Remakingabraverme, I love HP, Mark of Athena, the mysterious benedict society and HG, and i havent read wee free men, but Ive read Other terry Pratchett, so i know Who they are. Sm:)e!
@PinkHugzandPlayinInFun, Those books sound interesting! Sm:)e!
@Hatlover, you wont look horrible! Get really chic ones, or rimless ones That you barely notice! i love twice upon à time! Sm:)e!
@ViolinistAtSoul, braces again? How annoying! I have to read kingdom keepers now since i love all the Other books you recommended, and yes à year is old to me. Sm:)e!
Thanks everyone and dont forget to Sm:)e!

May 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My fav color is Lavender 2 it's kinda of funny cuz Paravati and her BFF LAvender r both in Harry Potter:)

May 28, 2013 at 9:01 PM  
Anonymous coolgabs1216 said...

1. What is your name? coolgabs1216
2. Rather keep it private ( early teen)
3. newbie
4. advice giver
5. Yes
6. purple
7. glasses
8. Idk that’s a hard one
9. Recommend three OTHER book: Dork Diaries ,Hello God its me Margaret ,November blues
10. What book are you reading right now?
Lots of different ones

June 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM  
Anonymous coolgabs1216 said...

Coolgas1216 @ violinist at soul
I absolutely love purple like you. Although it is a JB color do you like Justin Beiber? I have a mixed opinion about him.

June 2, 2013 at 5:45 PM  
Anonymous coolgabs1216 said...

Guys I am a newbie but does jemma still give people logo's ??????? I have read about them

June 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

I'm writing a love story and I want my character to not only have problems with love (in school) but also things at home. Popular topics are divorce and things like that but I want to do something different.
Ps i read your book and it is awesome! Will u be writing more books?

June 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Snowleopard051203 said...

Thanks for that, I'll try really hard from now on! y the way, I love the book itself! I would definitely recommend it.

July 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Jemma said...

@Tiffany Adina says thank you for the compliment and YES! she is writing another book.

July 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Maria D.U. said...

I loveeeeeeeeeeee the book!!!!!!!!!!!! Its AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

August 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM  
Anonymous kewlkatkitty said...

Ooh! Now I wanna read it!!!

August 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are any of you having problems with periods?
if so i can give advice, have been through it!

February 24, 2014 at 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Molly said...

is it a good book

March 17, 2014 at 7:31 PM  

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