All my life I have wanted to help inspire people to believe in themselves. This book is one of my dreams come true: for this story to uplift someone and let them know that they can accomplish anything they want to.
I started writing ideas for The Adventures of Jimmy and His Red Jacket when my son was in middle school. As we searched the library, my son and I couldn’t find a book for middle schoolers. I wanted to create a story that discussed the challenges kids faced in 5th-8th grade. Many of the details in this story were gathered while spending time with my son and his friends.
As far as the location for the book, I chose Denver, Colorado. We have family that lives there and my son has fond memories from his visits. However within my imagination I have pictured all of the places to be in downtown Campbell, California. My kids grew up in the Campbell area and I have loved the schools, shops, and restaurants, along with the sense of community. I have also written many of my stories while sitting at the counter at Stacks and La Pizzeria, both of which are located in Campbell. For your enjoyment, we have placed a map here on the website which includes places that are in the book with their made up names along with with their actual names.Click here to see the Map
- Julie Dart
I wrote, "The Night The Moon Was Hiding," when my children were little. One night while putting the kids to bed, my children asked, "How do you write a book mommy?" I told my children that a person just makes up a story and they asked what kind of story we could write. I then shared with my children that when my niece was younger she needed to say goodnight to the moon before she went to bed, but one night my niece couldn't find the moon and she was so sad. I told the kids we could write about the night the moon was hiding and that is how this story began. These are the first two pages:
The night the moon was hiding we looked all through the sky, but all that we could see where the birds flying by.
The night the moon was hiding we looked all through the trees but all we could find there was a cooling summer breeze.
Another interesting fact is that the family that is illustrated in the book is my family. You will see that the book shows my children at the age when this story was first written. I enjoyed cuddling up with my children at night and reading this story to them. Even though they are much older now, I still cherish those memories. My hope is that you enjoy reading this book to your children as much as I enjoyed reading it to mine.