Blast from the past: “Dear Mark” (Ukulele Song)

“Dear Mark, I’m writing because my teacher said I had to.”  #honesty  🙂


A Crack In The Sky: Book Trailer


Halloween confrontation with a pesky pumpkin


RHAM Reads review of I Am the Wallpaper

I am the WallpaperI am the Wallpaper by Mark Peter Hughes is about a girl who goes from ordinary to extraordinary. Floey Packer has always felt like the boring one in her family because compared to her popular, exciting, older sister Lillian, she is never as interesting. But when Lillian gets married and leaves for her month-long honeymoon, Floey decides to break out of her shell. One problem: her evil cousins are staying at her house for the summer and they seem to be quite interested in her diary. When people finally begin to notice her, she wonders, is it her new personality? Is it what her mischievious cousins have done to embarrass her? I loved how this book described in detail how the main character was feeling and how I could relate to Floey’s feelings about fitting in. While reading, I could visualize the setting and what the characters were doing, due to the fantastic detail. I would recommend this book to any girl that feels like the wallpaper. DEFINITELY 5 STARS! Full review…


Just Unearthed: My “Survivor” TV Show Audition Tape

Way back in the spring of 2000 I sent in this super-low-budget home-made audition tape to be a contestant on the (then fairly new) TV show “Survivor.” My application was rejected 🙂 but it’s still kinda fun to watch. Check out the bat-swinging cameos from my toddler son and niece, and the “supportive” words from my mother. Also check out the huuge camera, which was ancient even for then. My father bought it in the 1980s.


Heart Full of Books Reviews Lemonade Mouth Book vs Movie

Posted in Reviews by Maddie by HeartFullOfBooks

Just ask yourself what two things would make ‘The Breakfast Club’ a better movie. Bridgit Mendler and singing did you say?

Oh, ‘Lemonade Mouth’ has both of those things set in detention, sign me up!

After watching the Disney Channel Original Movie, a title screen that will warm my heart for the rest of my days, I just had to get my hands on the book. I was mega disappointed that Mo and Charlie didn’t get together in the film, but finding out their relationship was canon was literally the best thing to happen to me since … full article


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

We were challenged… We accepted… And this was the result…


Lemonade Mouth Backpack

Lemonade Mouth BackpackJust saw this amazing Lemonade Mouth backpack. Coolness! Gotta get me one! 🙂


Letter from a reader…

I get a lot of email from readers and many ask similar questions, so I thought I’d post this latest one and my answer:

MailboxHi, I’m a fan of the Lemonade Mouth series. I live in the UK. I saw the film and decided to read the books, I loved them. I’m a GIANT lemonhead and I really want a second film made based on Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up you’ve written. I love your books and I am thirteen and want to write a book myself. Could i have any tips?

— Lemon Head uk


Dear Lemon Head uk,

I’m so glad the Lemonade Mouth movie led you to read the books! As far as writing tips, just keep writing and writing. Share your work with other writers who care about writing and improving, and read their work too. A big tip: Forming a writing critique group (for example, get together regularly with friends who also write and want to improve) is a great way to do this. Give good, thoughtful feedback about their work. Listen to the good, thoughtful feedback they give to you. Read a lot. Write some more. Read some more. Keep following your passion.

Good luck!


Visiting Middle Schoolers at Meadowbrook School, Weston MA

(From the school’s website)
The Meadowbrook School English Department was pleased to welcome author Mark Peter Hughes yesterday to discuss the writing process with our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Hughes had the middle school students rapt; several came up to him afterwards to ask questions and have their books signed.

He had three tips for superb storywriting:
1) compelling stories start with characters
2) show, don’t tell
3) the beginning is important, and revisions even more so

He worked with the students on a character development project and…  more