Author Linda Derkez

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Manny the TV Watching Dog Series
The Elves Aren’t Coming!
One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go
Chip’s Sharing Day
Me Me? Me! Me... Poems from a grieving joyful holy depraved heart
Jane Eyre and Other Poems Gathered from the Pages of the Classics
Seasons Remembered Anthology
Seasons of Life Anthology
Cody Knows
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News!

Linda was interviewed about One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go and Chip’s Sharing Day:
http://kaistrand.blogspot.com/2012/07/three-times-charm-with-linda-derkez.html.

Linda was interviewed about One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go:
http://guardianangelfamily.blogspot.com/search/label/Linda%20Derkez.

Linda was interviewed about Chip’s Sharing Day:
http://guardianangelfamily.blogspot.com/2012/06/gap-family-blog-welcomes-linda-derkez.html.

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Manny the TV Watching Dog Series
written by Linda and Mike Derkez;
illustrated by Nina Marie Rothfuss

Illustrated Picture Books
Recommended For Children Ages 3 – 7
Recommended Reading Level Ages 6 – 8
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Manny the TV Watching Dog
Manny the TV Watching Dog, Book One

978-1-61160-907-3 (ebook); 978-1-61160-908-0 (print)
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Manny is a happy little Scottie dog who takes a job cleaning, cooking, and babysitting. If only she could stop watching instructional TV long enough to get any work done. Based on a real TV watching dog, "Manny the TV Watching Dog" is the first of a series of books about an optimistic, well-meaning but easily distracted pup. Whether she's asked to help with chores, get ready for bed or move to a new home, Manny is the first to say, "I can do that." Meet Manny in "Manny the TV Watching Dog", "Manny the Bedtime Dog", and "Manny the Moving Day Dog". Be sure to look for more Manny stories coming soon.

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Manny the TV Watching Dog 2

Manny the TV Watching Dog, Book Two

978-1-61160-909-7 (ebook); 978-1-61160-910-3 (print)
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Manny is a happy little Scottie dog who takes a job cleaning, cooking, and babysitting. If only she could stop watching instructional TV long enough to get any work done. Based on a real TV watching dog, “Manny the TV Watching Dog” is a series of books about an optimistic, well-meaning but easily distracted pup. Whether she's asked to help with the baby, be polite or prepare for Christmas, Manny is the first to say, "I can do that." Visit Manny in "Manny the Nanny Dog", "Manny the No-Manners Dog", and "Manny the Christmas Dog". Look for more Manny stories soon.

Based on a real TV watching dog (shown below doing what she loves best), “Manny the TV Watching Dog” is a series of picture books designed for ages 3-8.

Manny

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The Elves Aren’t Coming!

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The Elves Aren’t Coming!
Written by Linda Derkez and Karen Wiesner

Illustrated Early Reader
(ebook); (paperback)
Release date TBA from Guardian Angel Publishing

Jimmy Puck is constantly being told by his mother “The elves aren’t coming to clean up after you”. Or are they? A little magic and mischievousness, a lot of hard work and commonsense help Jimmy learn the timeless lesson of the hard-working shoemaker and the elves. The Puck household will never be the same.

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One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go

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One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich To Go
written by Linda Derkez;
illustrations by David Fielding

Illustrated Picture Book
978-1-61633-280-8 (print);
978-1-61633-281-5 (electronic)
Reissue available now in print and electronic formats
from Guardian Angel Publishing

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Scotty is in the habit of walking around with his food, leaving crumbs all over, rather than sitting at the table to eat. Mom is in the habit of letting him. One day Mom decides to use her imagination to fix this growing problem. When Scotty asks to walk to the clinic where his father works a few blocks away with his peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Mom says sure--but has he considered all the people who might ask for a bite of his delicious lunch? When Scotty's sandwich grows impossibly bigger and bigger in his mind to account for all the people who'll ask for a bite, he must make a decision about whether it's wiser to keep his sandwich for himself by sitting at the table to eat it.

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Chip’s Sharing Day

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Chip’s Sharing Day
written by Linda Derkez;
illustrations by Phoebe Doehring
Illustrated Picture Book
978-1-61633-245-7 (print);
978-1-61633-246-4 (electronic)
Reissue available now from
Guardian Angel Publishing

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Cousin Dorcas is visiting today and Chip's mother tells him he must share his toys because it's kind and nice and fair to share. Shy Dorcas picks up one toy after the other, only to have that rascal Chip remind her that they have to share and take turns playing with his toys. Finally, Dorcas decides to be kind and nice and fair by sharing something with Chip that he might not actually want! Chip finds himself reluctantly admiring his cousin for beating him at his own game.

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Me Me? Me! Me... Poems from the grieving joyful holy depraved heart of Linda Derkez
(Designed by Karen Wiesner)

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Me Me? Me! Me... Poems from a grieving joyful holy depraved heart
by Linda Derkez
ISBN: (trade paperback)
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Me?
the Grieving: Channeling other's pain, running from my own, uncertain, desperate, restless, hiding.
Life shakes you...

Me...
the Joyful: Alive, on, creating, fearless, forever reaching, words are oxygen.
Life wakes you...

Me
the Holy: Searching, lost, found, lost again, stumbling, beauty from ashes.
Life makes you...

Me!
the Depraved: Drowning, reckless, angry, crazy, selfish, lost.
Life takes you...

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Jane Eyre and Other Poems Gathered from the Pages of the Classics
(Designed by Mike Derkez)

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Jane Eyre and Other Poems Gathered from the Pages of the Classics
by Linda Derkez
ISBN: 978-1-329-17515-0 (trade paperback)
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If you love Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and other literary classics written in the 19th century, you'll be enchanted by this volume of poems gathered from the pages of Great Expectations, Frankenstein, Dracula, Anna Karenina and Jane Eyre. As Michelangelo saw "the angel" already within the unworked stone, Linda Derkez chips away at these masterpieces to free the poetry always present. Many of the verses are simply the authors' words rearranged to reveal the sheer poetry of some of the best writers the world has known. Language directly from the pages of these books is crafted into insightful poems that tell the stories and feelings of timeless characters.

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Seasons Remembered Anthology

Seasons Remembered: A WordWeaver Anthology
with the poem "Roses in Winter" by Linda Derkez

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Take a journey with the WordWeavers as they lead you through a path filled with seasonal splendor. The stories will make you think, cry and maybe even induce the highest form of flattery for a writer--the snort laugh. Bartlesville, Oklahoma has a slew of talented authors and we are honored to share their work with you at the WordWeavers annual fundraiser.

To find out more about the WordWeavers Writing Group, visit their website.

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Seasons of Life Anthology

Seasons of Life: A WordWeaver Anthology
with the following contributions by Linda Derkez: Growing up in the 70s and 80s (a poem)
A Day in the Life of a Five-year-old Girl (vignette)
Mother's Day (vignette)
Grandma (vignette)

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Join us in letting the imagination run free in these stories of lifetime moments ranging from both fleeting and profound, humorous and heart wrenching to healing and shattering.

The Seasons of Life shares varied tales of a time in the summer where the sun both blesses and blisters, of a time in the spring where rains help us grow, but sometimes washes away. Where fall is beautiful and poignant but also dying as it prepares for the inevitable winter of equal amounts of cozy fires and bitter cold.

Bartlesville, OK has many talented authors and we are honored to share their work with you in a WordWeavers fundraiser.

To find out more about the WordWeavers Writing Group, visit their website.

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Cody Knows

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For more information about this book, visit Karen's website

Cody Knows
written by Karen Sue Wiesner with Linda Derkez;
illustrated by Candace Hardy

Children’s Illustrated Picture Book
9781616332617 (ebook); 9781616332600 (paperback)
Reissue available now in paperback and electronic formats from Guardian Angel Publishing

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Cody Knows follows the imagination and adventures of a single day in the life of an Indiana Jones-wanna-be toddler.

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About the Author
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Linda Derkez has always enjoyed writing, especially journaling and poetry. She's the author of two poetry collections including Me Me? Me! Me... Poems from a grieving joyful holy depraved heart and Jane Eyre and Other Poems Gathered from the Pages of the Classics as well as several children’s books, including the Manny the TV Watching Dog Series (written with Mike Derkez), One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich To Go and Chip's Sharing Day. Linda co-authored Cody Knows with award-winning author Karen Wiesner. Her children's story about bullying, Henny the Brave Chicken, won second place in her local 2016 Friends of the Library Creative Writing Competition. Linda contributed to Seasons Remembered and Seasons of Life, both WordWeaver anthologies.

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