What a great way to celebrate the launch of Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah! Thank you to everyone who turned out on October 28th to help my party, Een-style. Here’s just a few of the photos from that whirlwind of an evening (thanks to Luke for this particular batch of photos).
The Teenling and Kendra Kandlestar both came all the way from the Land of Een for the festivities (Kendra dyed her hair green in true HallowEEN fashion). If you’re wondering why they are so BIG—well, Kendra tells me that she and the Teenling drank a special potion (courtesy of Ratchet) to enlarge them (seems they were worried about getting stepped on).
Everyone knows that if you’re going to be an Een that you need to celebrate the braid. So there were plenty of helpers on hand to decorate hair with balls and baubles (and a few pipecleaners help too).
The Een Museum featured a variety of enchanted items from Kendra’s world, including a peryton feather, petals from the fireflower, a skarm egg, a Kazah globe, a wand of Eenwood, and a variety of magical ingredients.
This Kendra was pretty amazing too!
Somewhere behind all of these people (in fabulous costumes I might add) is me, furiously signing books.
One of the popular tables in the activity area was the “Rumble Pit,” where kids used specially-designed cards to battle against each other with role-playing dice. I’m told some funny combinations came up, such as Centaur with a pickle fighting an Een Wizard with an onion.
How many people can boast Darth Vader as an attendee of their book launch?
Actually, how many people can say Hermione was at their book launch? As you can tell, Hermione and Kendra got on famously.
A few “Eengels” made an appearance at the party. These two actually won the costume contest (Eengels play an important part in Kendra and the Crack in Kazah). There was also an incredible Devileen costume. (Rats–I wish I had had more prizes, because that costume was also very cool).
Who says Eengels don’t like door prizes?
There plenty of Een treats on hand!
The Box of Whispers did double duty at the HallowEEN party, acting as a repository for door prize tickets.
My student, Matthew, wrote and presented a poem to . . . er “celebrate” me at the HallowEEN party.
Kendra and the Teenling did a presentation too!
My friend, fellow author, and super hero, James, saved the day by procuring me some computer equipment when my failed fifteen minutes into the launch! With my computer equipment repaired, I was finally able to deliver my presentation and show some of the background work that went into the creation of the new book.
An old student of mine decided to take the stage and help me during the reading (Oh, and you can just see part of the Devileen costume in the corner of the photo!)
Here’s the runner up to the costume contest. He was Uncle Griffinskitch—I don’t know what happened to his beard at this point; I guess it was so itchy, he took it off!
Yes, amidst all the chaos, I was able to sign some books!
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped out with this event: Marcie, Kendra, Danie, Brett, Stephanie, Dona, Danielle, Joy, Sarah, Joanne, James, Luke, Kallie, kc, Rob, Jaclyn, and all of the parents and their fabulous kids.