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Stacey R. Campbell is a full time writer. She is the author of the middle grade pirate book ARRGH! and the fasted paced young adult Lakeview Novel series, Hush, Whisper and Scream. Stacey is a Dyslexic author who believes there is no such thing as a bad reader. She is a popular speaker at schools and conferences where she encourages her audiences to laugh, read and “reach for the stars.” When she is not writing she is challenging impossibilities while entertaining her husband and three teenage daughters. Stacey lives in Washington State, enjoys a good rainstorm and has a collection of brightly colored Hunter rain boots she wears throughout year.

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Sock Monster

BY Stacey R. Campbell • POSTED ON Oct. 15, 2015

In this mildly scary, funny picture book, a mom’s bedtime-story ploy encourages her little boy to clean up his messy room or risk attracting the attention of a hungry “sock monster.”

In her first picture book, author Campbell (Scream: A Lakeview Novel, 2015) imparts a tidy-up lesson with gentle humor, enhanced by artist Thieme’s quirky illustrations. Little Billy’s idea of picking up his dirty laundry at the end of the day is to stuff it under the bed and in any available closet or corner. When Billy asks for a scary bedtime story, his mom, a savvy sort who isn’t above using a tricky scare tactic to make a point, decides the time is right for a particularly apt tale about a sneaky, slithery, laundry-hungry Sock Monster with a penchant for hiding under beds with found footwear. (The book’s target audience will undoubtedly get “ew, gross” enjoyment out of Campbell’s description: “his head is made of underwear. His arms are dirty socks.” And, “he slurps and burps and gathers dirt, loving all the goo.”) Billy’s not thrilled with the direction the story takes, and when Mom says goodnight and turns off the light, he, unsurprisingly, has trouble going to sleep, imagining that every sound—dog scratching, pet mouse squeaking—is the Sock Monster, attracted by Billy’s messy “clean-up.” Billy knows that there is just one thing to do. He gathers up all of his potential Sock Monster fodder and fills his laundry basket. Humorously, the author doesn’t let Mom rest easy on her laurels, however. Adults will appreciate the fun little visual twist at the end, courtesy of illustrator Thieme, which gives Mom a taste of her own medicine. (Kids will, too, although they may need the joke explained to them.) Indeed, the appeal of this lighthearted “message” picture book is due in great part to the offbeat charm of Thieme’s colorful illustrations.

An unexpected twist and wacky, well-rendered illustrations keep this simple picture book from skewing a bit preachy and dark, despite its clean-your-room lesson.

Pub Date: Oct. 15, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-5174-5699-3

Page count: 32pp

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Nov. 19, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2015

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CHILDREN'S & TEEN

ARRGH!

BY Stacey R. Campbell • POSTED ON Nov. 1, 2014

A high-seas middle-grade adventure about an orphan captured by pirates who befriends a talking mouse.

In her first middle-grade novel, Campbell (Whisper, 2014, etc.) tells the tale of Christopher, a 13-year-old boy who escapes the Norphan Home for Wayward Boys and falls into the clutches of two pirates named Boots and Stinky. After he overhears their plan to steal the merchant vessel Georgiana, they force him to accompany them aboard the ship. Boots convinces the Georgiana’s Capt. Hughes and his young daughter, Lucy, that the boy is his mute nephew. Aboard the ship, Christopher also meets Leonardo Mousekins, a brown talking mouse who acts as his guide. The pirates tell Christopher that he must pretend to be mute during the voyage to the island of Tortola and say nothing of their plot or they’ll kill him. Later, a storm rocks the ship, and the admiral on board suffers a gunshot wound; Christopher fetches the ship’s surgeon in time to save him, winning the admiration of Capt. Hughes, Lucy and the crew. Eventually, Christopher tells Lucy he isn’t mute, and the girl alerts her father to the traitors on board who plan to hand over the ship to the pirate Red Blade, captain of the Dragon’s Breath. Christopher tries to bring the mutineers to justice, uncover lost treasures, retain the affection of his new friends, and make a home with a new family. Readers will discover several story elements here that seem vaguely familiar. Christopher, for example, seems to embody both the courageous John Darling from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, and the good-natured Christopher Robin from A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Leo appears to be an amalgam of Feivel Mousekewitz from the 1986 film An American Tail and Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio (1940). Other elements, such as the voyage to Tortola and the discovery of buried treasure, seem to borrow inspiration from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Yet, despite these familiar notes, Campbell’s novel is a delightful symphony for children, tuned with evocative prose that conjures images of the seafaring life:  “[O]n top of a mound of molding fishnets, a fat street cat sat contentedly, cleaning his paws.”

A satisfying, well-told story of an orphan boy who escapes the clutches of his pirate abductors, proves himself courageous and finds the real treasure of family.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-0988478442

Page count: 282pp

Publisher: Green Darner Press

Review Posted Online: Nov. 13, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2014

Awards, Press & Interests

Favorite author

Shannon Hale

Favorite book

Power of One / The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Day job

Mom to 3 teenage daughters / Author

Favorite line from a book

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” ? Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Favorite word

Awesome

Unexpected skill or talent

According to my children I can often act like a 12 year old boy

ARRGH!: Reader's Favorite 5 Star Award, 2014

ARRGH!: Featured in the Dec. 15th Kirkus Reviews magazine, 2014

Readers' Favorite, 2014

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE

Hush, A Lakeview Novel

For small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princes. That is, until she spots her boarding school’s new British exchange student, Max Ryder, staring at her. Why would a boy who looks like he stepped out of the pages of a magazine be looking at her? Because Max knows something Blakely doesn’t. Following the tragic demise of one of Europe’s most beloved royal families, Max has stumbled upon information he thinks may lead to a lost royal heir, and now he is on a quest halfway around the world to see if he’s right. Sworn to secrecy by his university professor and the headmaster of Lakeview Academy, Max is admitted into an exchange program with the sole purpose of finding out the truth. But will his personal feelings for Blakely get in the way? When a stolen email surfaces, Blakely and her friends’ lives are threatened, and Max starts to question what he is really after. From the exclusive rolling lawns of Canada’s most prestigious boarding school to the University of Saint Andrews’ hallowed grounds, Blakely’s quiet, unassuming life is turned upside down. Is she really who she thinks she is? Can she survive long enough to help Max unearth the truth?
Published: Nov. 15, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9884784-0-4

Scream, A Lakeview Novel

It’s Halle Henry’s final year at Lakeview Academy, and she is determined to make it her best year yet, but when drugs are discovered in her boyfriend Alex’s backpack and he is expelled, Halle’s life spins out of control. Refusing to believe the accusations against him, Halle vows to get to the bottom of what really happened and bring Alex back to campus so they can graduate together. Now all Halle has to do is save her boyfriend, graduate from high school, and keep from getting killed in the process.

Whisper, A Lakeview Novel

It’s Halle Henry’s first year at Lakeview Academy . . . On a snowy January night, just days after a fire that nearly destroyed the school’s library, Elsie Stewart, daughter of the headmaster and founder of Lakeview Academy, dies slipping beneath the ice of frozen Clearwater Lake. Unable to right the wrongs she committed before her tragic death, Elsie’s ghost walks the halls of her father’s boarding school, waiting for someone who can. One hundred years later, while joining her sister’s friend Leigh to help clean out the school’s administration building before the big remodel, Halle stumbles upon Elsie’s hidden journal. Obsessed with what she finds, Halle searches the school for clues that may lead to solving a century-old mystery. The only problem is that Halle also talks Calum Stewart, Leigh’s worst nightmare, into helping them. Once Leigh and Calum are forced to work together, sparks fly and no one around them, alive or dead, is left unaffected.
Published: March 17, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9884784-6-6