Monday, January 13, 2014

Guest Post: Author Elizabeth Woodrum of Maisy and the Missing Mice

About the Author:
Elizabeth Woodrum is a full time elementary teacher in Ohio. She began writing as early as when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children's series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks.

Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup

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Introducing The Maisy Files: Maisy and the Missing Mice

            Hello to the readers of the Little Library Muse Blog! I’m guest posting today to introduce you to my new children’s book mystery series, The Maisy Files.  You can meet Maisy in the first book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. I wanted to share my inspirations for creating The Maisy Files with all of you. 

            I’ve been a teacher for twelve years.  Most of that time has been spent working with fourth graders.  I create the majority of my own materials for my classroom, and Maisy actually began as a short story for an activity for my students.  I had enjoyed writing the short story and came back to the character after I’d gotten serious about wanting to become a published author.  After a few changes, Maisy was created.

            I wanted to create a character that elementary students would enjoy, but that was also different than other characters children have read about.  Maisy is an average fourth grader in many ways, but she has unique interests that lead to her having a bit of a quirky personality.  She greatly enjoys old mystery movies that are in black and white.  She envisions herself to be a detective from an old movie, complete with using her inventive imagination to view her world in black and white, when she’s on a case.  Not only does she love solving mysteries, but she has a great talent for it. She also has another quality that lots of kids can relate to.  She has a sweet tooth that can only be satisfied by cherry lollipops.    

            Maisy is a character that children can relate to, and they will enjoy reading her story as she follows the clues to solve a case.  I hope you all will check out Maisy and the Missing Mice and continue to follow Maisy’s adventures when her story continues in 2014.

Title: Maisy and the Missing Mice
Genre: Children’s Mystery Fiction
Author: Elizabeth Woodrum
Publisher: Elizabeth Woodrum
Pages: 70
Language: English
Format: Paperback & eBook
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Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school's mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.

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Book Excerpt:
The light from the street lamps made gray circles on the sidewalk and pavement all around her.  Maisy rested against the building, adjusted her fedora hat, and pulled her last cherry lollipop from her pocket. Distracted by the sweet scent of her candy, she didn’t notice her dog’s low growls that should have warned her of the approach of someone on a bike who was rapidly coming toward her.  Suddenly, she heard a low, gruff voice call her name. She looked up in time to see a paper being tossed into one of the circles of light on the ground. She pushed herself off of the building and made her way toward the lamp post. With unsteady fingers, Maisy reached down to pick up the note.  She opened the crinkled paper and saw it was smudged with dirt from where it had rested on the sidewalk.  It only took her a moment to read the note.
If you ever want to see your lollipops again, forget about the missing mice.
-The Black Boot
Her eyes narrowed into tiny slits.  The Black Boot, as he had taken to calling himself, appeared to be nothing but a thief.  Maisy didn’t know how, but she was going to take him down. Of course, she had to figure out who he was first.  It was bad enough that he had stolen the school’s mascots, but now he had admitted to stealing her collection of cherry lollipops.  And nobody got away with stealing Maisy’s cherry lollipops. 


  1. This sounds like a really cool books, kids will enjoy. I can tell that the author has put great work and care into it, and for me, that's the key to a great book. I wished I had a little sister or brother to recommend this book to.

  2. Thanks for hosting a stop on my blog tour! Valeria, I'm glad to know you think the book is worthwhile! Thank you for your kind comments!


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