About Mike Peterson

  • Author and editor Mike Peterson has worked with students and teachers since 1993, creating educational materials that are both engaging and educationally sound. He has given workshops for educators on local, regional, state and national levels, has had articles on educational topics published in a variety of publications, and has won international awards for his youth and community programs. His serial stories have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Bermuda. He has also been a newspaper reporter and editor, radio talk show host, magazine writer and advertising professional.

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Mr. Peterson, I really enjoyed this chapter. It has to be one of my favorites. I have two questions for you. How do you come up the the titles for each chapter? Also, do you think that your serial story will ever take place in Lowville? Brianna at LACS

Brianna, your first question is hard to answer because "I just do." It just happens to be something that comes easily to me.

I try to come up with a title for the chapter that tells what it's about but doesn't give away too much of the story, and it really doesn't take me very long. I think maybe it's because I've also had to write the headlines in the newspaper, and that's harder because they have to fit in a certain space, while chapter titles can be almost any length.

In this case "Kindness" was not just what they talked about but a very important part of the chapter and the story: What Mrs. Baxter thinks and what Betsy thinks are not always the same, but Mrs. Baxter tries to explain how even painful things can be kind, which is important because Betsy is a very angry little girl. And she has a right to be angry, but so does Mrs. Baxter!

Your second question is quite easy: Last year's story took place in Sackets Harbor, which of course is quite close to you, and the good news is that your school bought several copies of it when it came out as a book, so you can get a copy and read it if you'd like!

Dear Peterson,

Why did Mrs.Baxter put her baby boy in the backet? Why don't the have cribs back then? And i think that it is sad that Mr.Baxter died and i hope Jimmy comes home.

From,
Shauntel at lacs

I think Mrs. Baxter probably had a crib for the baby, but why haul it downstairs and out onto the back porch when you have a nice basket full of soft clothes that you can lay him in while you do other things?

People with little kids often do things like that.

Dear Mr.Peterson, I really like this story because it tells how much people during the war really care for each other. Like when Besty goes over to Mrs. Baxter and says she doesn't care about any thing else and she just wants Jimmy to come home. Mrs. Baxter and Betsy sat in the chair crying with each other and she realizes that her husband never would come home.

Dear Mr.Peterson,
I really like this chapter. You do a really good job at showing how the characters feel.
For example, when Mrs. Baxter and Betsy hug each other and cry, and when Betsy yelled.
This is my favorite chapter.

Why does Mrs.Baxter say that Jimmy will come home? Does she really mean it or did she just say that to make Betsy feel better?

Melissa, I don't know the answer to that, but remember that Mrs. Baxter's husband and Jimmy were friends, so she does know him. But I think she also knows that giving up doesn't help.

So this is one of those "What do YOU think?" sorts of questions. Keep reading and, when the story is over, see what you think.

awesome!!! very nice job ;p:)

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