Posts Tagged ‘Dee White’

Sadly, we’re coming to the end of our  hectic but fabulous Letters to Leonardo blog tour. We have been everywhere (well almost). Tomorrow, we’re off to the USA so it might take a bit longer for the post to appear due to the time difference.

We’re going to be talking about bipolar themes in the story and the affect on teenagers of having a family member with a mental illness.

Hope you can join us at http://www.JenniferBrownYA.com

Dee and Matt:-)


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DEE PROMOAs you would have seen from my interview with Matt (Letters to Leonardo) on http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com , I used Leonardo da Vinci’s works to tell Matt’s story.

Listening to music or looking at art can evoke all sorts of images in your head – images that can be used as the basis for a story.


  • Think of your favourite musical artist/group.
  • Write down the sorts of images that their music evokes for you.
  • What pictures does it create in your head?
  • Do these pictures remind you of anyone or anything?

This activity is great for setting the ‘writing mood’.

Happy writing.

Dee & Matt:-)

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Walker Books Australia has been fantastically supportive with our blog tour and Cyber Launch and as a special treat, they’ve allowed us to upload Chapter 1 of Letters to Leonardo, so that you can read it.

Here’s the Sneak Peek first chapter: 


LtoL Chapter 1 - page 7

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LtoL Chapter 1 - page 11


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Extract from Letters to Leonardo

by Dee White

Available in bookshops July, 2009

ISBN: 9781921150883

Publisher: Walker Books Australia


Copyright © Dee White, 2009

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Matt and I hope you enjoyed Chapter 1. If you’d like to keep reading, you can buy the book at any good bookstore or online at:





Happy reading!

Dee and Matt:-)

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Today, Matt and I visited http://thebookchook.blogspot.com to talk about how art has been used in Letters to Leonardo.

While we were there, we told Susan about a great writing activity linked to the book. Drop in and see the bookchook and I’m sure she’ll be happy to share this information.

Walker Books, our publisher has also produced some fantastic teaching notes and classroom activities – and they’ll be uploading them on 1st July – the day the book is released – how exciting!

Hope you’ll join us tomorrow at http://belka37blogspot.com where we’ll be talking to Mabel about the research process.

Catch you in Cyber Space.

Dee and Matt:-)

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letterstoleonardolrgWord searches and classroom writing activities are just some of the fun things you can expect to find when you join Matt Hudson (the main character from Letters to Leonardo) and me (the author) on our Cyber Space tour.

Make sure you join us tomorrow at http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com for the very start – so you don’t miss out on anything.

We’ll be back here on Cyber Launch day 1st July to give you a Sneak Peek at the book and loads more.

Here’s the complete blog tour itinerary:

24th June 2009             http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com        
Dee and Matt talk about promoting Letters to Leonardo online.
25th June 2009             http://spinningpearls.blogspot.com     
Author interview
26th June 2009             http://thebookchook.blogspot.com    
How art has been used in Letters to Leonardo – with some teaching activities included.
27th June 2009             http://belka37.blogspot.com
The research process involved in writing Letters to Leonardo           
28th June 2009             http://weloveya.wordpress.com
Guest blogger – talking with Vanessa Barneveld – interactive discussion about dreams and writing

29th June 2009             http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale            
An author interview on the writing process – covering things like inspiration and perspective
30th June 2009             http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com
Use of mentors in YA fiction, and Leonardo da Vinci’s involvement in the book
1st July 2009                 Cyber launch http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com including cross to Robyn Opie’s blog http://robynopie.blogspot.com – hurdles overcome on the way to publication.
2nd July 2009                http://persnicketysnark.blogspot.com
How the author’s life paralleled Matt’s – her growing obsession with Leonardo da Vinci
3rd July  2009                 http://bjcullen.blogspot.com
Working with a publisher and the editing process
4th July  2009                 http://sandyfussell.blogspot.com
Interview with the elusive Matt Hudson at Sandy Fussell’s blog. Sandy is the author of the Samurai Kids series
5th July 2009                   https://teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com
Class writing activities based on Letters to Leonardo – themes in the book
6th July 2009                   http://tips4youngwriters.wordpress.com
Tips 4 young writers on how Letters to Leonardo was written – how the author turned fact into fiction
7th July 2009                    http://www.JenniferBrownYA.com
An overseas stop before heading home – USA blogger Jennifer Brown talks to Dee about bipolar themes in the story and the affect on teenagers of having a family member with a  mental illness.     

Hope to catch you and your students in Cyber Space.

Dee and Matt:-)

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