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AR (Accelerated Reader) Quiz is Up and Running!

AR (Accelerated Reader) Quiz is Up and Running!.

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It’s Here!!!!

Some of you have inquired about my book series; it is Called The Dragon Birthmark Series. I write middle-grade fantasy fiction that has a strong family thread. Book One is called The Dragon Birthmark: World in the Shadows published in September 2012 and Book Two is called Threats of Tartarus, which is out now. They are available on Amazon.com you can either search Jennifer Phillips Russo or the titles themselves. I have included a link to Book One for you and thank you so much for supporting my journey. I would love to hear what you think.

About The Author

Book Two of the Dragon Birthmark Series, Threats of Tartarus, continues our journey with The Adrastai warriors. Author Jennifer Phillips Russo held a student artwork contest for her second book of “The Dragon Birthmark” series. This challenge promoted visual literacy and confidence, as well as provided student artists with the opportunity to have their personal artwork published at no cost to them, if chosen.

“Threats of Tartarus”, Book Two of “The Dragon Birthmark Series, follows the story of an 11-year-old boy’s journey to self-identity through a fantastic adventure, speckled with legend and lore, and offering a few great lessons and themes throughout the story.  “‘The Dragon Birthmark: World in the Shadows’ is an entertaining, thought-provoking book that takes the reader into the world of imagination and fantasy through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy,” said Amy Piper, Fredonia Elementary School Principal.

Russo, a local resident of Fredonia, possesses an insatiable desire to spark imagination and creativity in her readers, she created the art contest for students across the state and nation.  She believes that imagination sparks innovation, and our world could use some innovative thinkers.  This contest provided the opportunity to sketch characters or scenes from the second book, which the chosen winners are featured and published in this book. All middle and high school students were eligible to enter the contest.

Students were able to submit their artwork pieces through the novel’s website. An online gallery is also available through the website, which gave contestants the chance to see examples of artwork that other students have created and submitted. A description of the characters to be sketched was provided at http://www.TheDragonBirthmark.com, as well as detailed rules and entry guidelines for this free contest.

Book One  Cover of Book One

Book Two  book two front cover

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Attention All Student Artists!!

Attention All Student Artists:

 

The selection process is almost complete!  I truly appreciate all of your entries for the Artwork Contest for Book 2 in “The Dragon Birthmark” Series!

Winning entrants will be notified via email and a parental consent form will be attached to the email.  If the consent form is not returned via snail mail to me by September 15, 2013, then the next runner-up will be notified and parental consent required.   We will be uploading all the artwork to the website shortly!  Thank you all for participating!

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Winners Have Been Chosen!

To All of the Student Artists that have submitted their work for “The Dragon Birthmark Book 2” ARTWORK CONTEST, the winners have been chosen!

Thank you to all who created and submitted, I am truly blessed by your support and touched by your artistic abilities; it certainly was a difficult for the panel.  Parental consent forms will be emailed to the winning student artists and must be signed, dated, and returned by snail mail by September 15, 2013.  If Parental Consent is not given, the next runner-up will be notified.

I cannot wait to share with everyone the talents you shared with me!

All My Best,

Jennifer Phillips Russo

 

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TWO SKETCHES NEEDED!

Thank You to Everyone who entered the Artwork Contest!  There are only 2 chapters that No One attempted and they are listed below.  I am extending the contest for these two chapters only until July, 28 2013.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions via email at JPRusso@AchenePress.com I looked forward to your creative submissions!

 

Chapter 18 – Please sketch a Harpy from the description below:

There in the doorway, stood a sight I will never forget.  An over-sized scroll was being used as a crutch for a creature that didn’t look like it should be standing at all.  An old decrepit woman peered over the top of the scroll.  Only one of her eyes opened wide, the other looked as if the eyelid was too heavy with warts to open.

I glanced down, wondering how she was standing. She didn’t have complete legs!  Her entire lower half from under two wrinkly knees belonged to a bird!  Over-sized bird feet, complete with a couple broken talons supported her worn out frame.  She was a hideous sight.

With the same slow pace, the creature maneuvered through the doorway, like death walking.  Once through the door, two leathery brown wings unfurled from her back!  There were hooked talons on top of the flesh in between the vein-riddled webbing.  The crowd cringed.  Then, in a bat-like fashion, Ekadenc slammed the hooks into the wood, creating the peg-leg sound.  Balancing on her clawed wings, she swung her legs forward, dragging her talons across the floor, like a creepy walker.

Google mythology Harpy as a creative jumping off point, but I really would love the human part to look like an old lady 😉

Chapter 22 – Sketch the description below:

A corner of the volcano was pried up with a giant trident.  A serpent arm, which was pinned underneath with a handful of vipers as fingers, was gripping the based and lifting the mountain off of his terrifying frame.  Lava spewed out of the volcano in every direction!  (An extremely terrifying Monster is trying to escape being pinned under the volcano with the help of the trident)

Google Mythology’s Typhon just to get an idea of what others think he looks like.

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20 Days and Counting!

To All of My Student Artist Out There;

The Artwork Contest is winding down to a close on June 30, 2013!

Please be sure to submit your work via email at jprusso@achenepress.com and follow the submission guidelines located in the ‘ARTWORK CONTEST‘ tab above, under the ‘How To Enter’ menu.  I will evaluate the submissions and update you all on the chapters that do not have entries yet, so check back later this week to increase your chances for becoming a Published Illustrator!  Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions, Happy Creating!  Remember to Always Search for the Sunshine in Life, and Enjoy the Adventure!

All My Best,

Jennifer Phillips Russo

 

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