Pierre François: 5th Grade Mishaps

KIRKUS Reviews Pierre: “…Pierre’s bed-wetting angst is the book’s major theme, but Stephens also focuses on Pierre’s smaller victories, such as staying up late with a friend to play video games or realizing that the girl he likes knows his name. This lends the book a slow-paced, slice-of-life feel as readers come to know and appreciate Pierre’s world, and the resolution is both believable and satisfying. A fun middle-grade novel with a winning protagonist and a charming setting.” Read the fill review here. “This 148-page book for kindergartners through sixth graders follows the daily life of an intelligent 10-year-old boy named Pierre Francois. Filled with cute drawings to illustrate the text, this book touches on issues of importance to adolescents: body odor, mucus, urine, vomit, flatulence, and underwear. Underneath these unsavory references (that will surely delight most children of that age), the story explores far more important subjects, such as body image, acceptance, and compassion.

The child of a French father and American mother, Pierre is well-known around school for his use of big words (such as “evidently”) that earn him the nickname “Francy Pants” and for his long curly hair, which causes some teachers to mistake him for a girl. These two developments don’t upset him, though, for his secret fear is that his bedwetting accidents will become public knowledge and he’ll be called “Pee-Air.”

His loving parents support him in everything he does, but are hesitant when Pierre wants to go to the school’s two-night sleepover camp. Can he make it through the night without embarrassing himself? All his classmates will be attending the camp, including his two best friends, his crush, his female nemesis, and Mason (the stinky boy whose language is as dirty as his clothes).  Armed with an extra pair of sweat pants (but no big-boy diapers for sleeping), Pierre faces his fears head-on in a comical adventure that ends sweetly despite a few problems.

Overall, the lively writing, childish preoccupation with body smells and fluids, good-natured cast of characters, and whimsical drawings combine to create an entertaining story with the underlying theme of inclusivity.”

Goodreads and NetGalley Reviewers say:

“This was a really funny book. I think anyone who enjoys Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, Captain Underpants, Secret Coders, Science Comics, Mighty Jack, Pashmina, Little Tails and Pico Bogue may enjoy this book. It is a mix of comic and text that provides some great laughs and very amusing 5th grade hijinks. I really enjoyed it and this book made me laugh, which is what I like in my comics – to make me laugh or to make me think.” ~ Librarian Gifty A.

“Bottom line? This is one of those great books that has a lot to offer an adult who likes good, funny, insightful middle grade books and it offers huge entertainment value to a kid reader who will see the humor and truth in its pages. A very nice find indeed.” ~ Pop Bop on Goodreads

 Some Act of Vision

The Sierra Club’s article on Some Act of Vision.

2015 Sweet review of Some Act of Vision on Canadian blog, Livres et Biscuits. Thanks, Malak!

Interview with Lori over at Kelsey’s Book Corner pre-release of SOME ACT OF VISION.

Book Release for SOME ACT

Book Release for SOME ACT


Song of the Orange Moons

Read Song of the Orange Moons Book Review by Rain Taxi

“…To be clear, after a quotation such as that, Song of the Orange Moons is not a thriller—except in the way that all coming-of-age stories are scary and exhilarating—but there is an intensity behind each of author Lori Ann Stephens’s carefully chosen words that makes this short yet still sprawling history of three females so enjoyable to read.”

Goodreads Reviews (They’re juicy. Check them out here.)

Articles and Interviews:

Essay  for Glimmer Train Stories: “Wrangling with Characters”

excerpt: “…Many writers are familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of first and third person narration. First person can depict a character too closely and limit your character’s knowledge of the world outside her sphere of perception, but third person can create too much distance between your character and your reader, resulting in emotional dearth, a soulless story. ”

Interview with Parking Lot Confessional: “My Writing Line”

excerpt: “…Like most young writers, I wanted to surround myself with talented, sincere, critically astute, yet appropriately doting writers who would stroke my ego and stab me in the heart all in one smooth movement. I was ready to sacrifice myself for art.”

Interview by Kathleen M Rodgers about books, family, and other things. Rare family photos!

excerpt: “Besides writing novels, you also write librettos. For those of us who are not musically inclined, can you explain this process? What are the challenges of writing a libretto over the challenges of writing the long-story form – the novel?”

Interview on Brittany Rochelle’s website, The Write Stuff

excerpt: “7) When you’ re writing, what do you have to have next to you?

A glass of Malbec.  My partner, love of my life, he’s in charge of refills.”

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