Author Shelley Moore Thomas

Every Friday, I invite an author or an educator to complete my sentences. Shelley Moore Thomas (aka the Story Queen) is both an educator and an author. She writes exciting books for beginning and middle-grade readers. Her tenth book, The Seven Tales of Trinket, was released earlier this month.

I wrote the words in red, and Shelley wrote the words in black. Thank you, Shelley!

The Seven Tales of Trinket is really a bit of a love story about stories and how they can heal people, and maybe even save people altogether.  (That’s the fancy answer). The non-fancy answer is:  The Seven Tales of Trinket is about a girl’s search for her storytelling father who disappeared long ago.  Following the old map he left behind, Trinket journeys to unusual places, meets magical creatures, and collects amazing stories. I have always been intrigued by Celtic folktales, especially ones with selkies, banshees, pookas, ghosts, or faeries. Lucky for Trinket, she gets to meet them all! The Seven Tales of Trinket is the kind of book I love best--filled with magic and adventure, heart and soul.

I tell stories because I love them, because they are part of our collective human heritage, because the best stories make life more meaningful, because everyone loves a good story.

If I visited your school or library you would find lots and lots of books! You would also find a giant poster of Albert Einstein, four Star Wars stuffed animals, an Indiana Jones Mr. Potato Head,and four tall glass jars in which I place House Points (ala Hogwarts.) I currently teach third grade as well tell stories to the whole school as the Story Queen, so you would see lots and lots of kids on the playground giving me the Royal Wave.  Story Day is well-loved.

The Good Knight series started out as a mistake in my writing book!  I meant to write the words: Good night but I accidentally wrote: Good Knight.  I went to cross it out, but then it kind of cracked me up.  I figured there was a story in there somewhere.  And there was.

Jennifer Plecas's illustrations are whimsical, detailed and completely perfect.

Reading is a treat. Life is so busy with being a teacher, a writer, a mom, and a wife, that when I get to sit down and read, it feels like a gift.  The best gift in the world, really.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about my next book. But then again, it’s probably good you didn’t, since I have a hard time talking about something when I am in the big, fat middle of it. But I can tell you I am working on three things, actually.  A picture book, a chapter book, and another novel.  We’ll just have to see which one I finish first!

Borrow Shelley's books from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.


  1. Thanks for doing the interview, Mr. Schu! It was fun to finish your sentences.

    Take care,


    P.S. Yay! It's Friday!!


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