Monday, May 10, 2010

Author Renee Hand To Allow Children To Create A Character For Her Next Book In The Joe-Joe Nut Series

Renee Hand, author of the Crypto-Capers and Joe-Joe Nut series, will allow children to create a character for the book. Children can submit their characters and encourage family, friends and the public to vote for their favorites. The winning entry will be featured in the next installment of the book, and the book will be dedicated to the winner

In honor of book 1 of award-winning author Renee Hand’s new lower elementary children’s book series, The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill, The Great Pie Catastrophe, author Renee Hand is hosting a contest for children to become characters in one of her cases. The opportunity is for children to be able to create their own animal suspect.

The Joe-Joe Nut series is based on animal detectives who solve cases. The books are educational and fun using topics that children will learn from, such as animal tracks (for book 1) and rocks and minerals (for book 2, coming in the fall of 2010). Every book is unique, entertaining and yet full of interesting information that children will love to learn about.

For the contest, children will submit a character they created. The author will then post submissions on her website. Family, friends and the public will be able to read and vote for their favorites. The submission that receives the most votes will become a character in the next book.

"I decided to hold this contest," stated Ms. Hand, "in honor of my new lower elementary series titled, The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill, Case #1 The Great Pie Catastrophe. I am an author who writes for my readers. I want them to be involved in my books and make a connection with the characters. It is important to me. My goal is to not only entertain children, but to educate them as well, and all of my books accomplish this goal. This contest will help children understand the process an author goes through in creating a character and will be able to work with me on the development of that character in the story. As a thank you to the winner, not only will their character be a part of the story but it will be dedicated to them as well. The winner will also receive a signed copy from me. I am excited about this contest and wish luck to all. I look forward to reading the entries."

The contest begins on May 9 in honor of National Children's Book Week and will end on June 10th to allow time for everyone to develop and promote their characters.

For more information visit the author's website at Entries for characters should be submitted by email to

Renee Hand is available for media interviews and school visits. She can be reached using the information below or by email at More information on the Crypto-Caper series and the Joe-Joe Nut series is available at Ms. Hand’s website at All of Ms. Hand’s books are available at any bookstore or from her website.


Renee Hand is an award-winning author and educator, She has been writing for over twenty years and has been a published author for five years with six works published. She writes for various chronicles and newsletters, as well as writing reviews for authors of children´s books.

Ms. Hand’s awards include a Best 2006 Fantasy Romance award for Magic Hearts. Her second romance novel, Seduction of the Lonely Heart won a National Literary Award for Best Romance of 2007. The first book in her children's series, The Crypto-Capers in The Case of the Missing Sock, won a preferred choice award for 2009 by Creative Child Magazine.

Ms Hand has appeared in over 40 newspapers and blogs. She has been interviewed on ABC channel 12 and on various radio stations including Blog Talk Radio and The Children's Author Show. She has participated in over 100 events, which include book signings, libraries, book stores, charities, schools and festivals all over the United States. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children´s Book Writers and Illustrators).


Renee Hand