About the Co-Authors
SHINING TOGETHER: J.J. & Chris discuss collaboration and writing tips
Shining Together: the almost half hour version!
Co-author J.J. Grabenstein reads the first chapter of SHINE!
Chris and J.J. sharing big news!!
Chris talks with Van the puppet!
Chris talks to Van from the Austin Public Library about Shine! and writing. Van spelled Chris’s name incorrectly, but he’s a puppet. His hands are too furry to spell correctly.
Make your own “I SHINE!” stickers!
Share these stickers with someone who Shines! And then tell us about what they did on social media with the hashtag: #WhatMakesYouShine
The Real Life Teacher
Yes, the character of Piper’s teacher Mr. Van Deusen in Shine! was heavily influenced by the real Schaack Van Deusen, a teacher in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Everybody has one (or more) teachers that make an enormous impact in their lives—whether the teachers know it or not. Mr. Schaack Van Deusen was THAT teacher for Chris Grabenstein. In high school freshman English, Mr. Van Deusen introduced Chris to Shakespeare, Hemingway, and Twain. He also helped Chris realize that acting in plays or writing for the school newspaper were just as cool as playing sports. When Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga named Chris as a distinguished alumnus, he was able to publicly say thanks to the teacher who changed his life…