Interview with Alexandra Ramaeker Zahn

MWW learned about Alexandra Ramaeker Zahn, a 12-year-old from Iowa who has written four novels, through a friend’s encounter with the her mother at a conference. Following the lead from our friend, we called Alexandra to learn more about her stories, which span the geography of the U.S. and Europe.

Alexandra is a middle school student who participates in multiple sports, as well as Mock Trial, Destination Imagination, Junior Achievement, Jazz Band and Chorus. She has traveled to 18 states and 2 countries with her family. She enjoys learning, in detail, facts about each of the places she has been to. She is curious about other cultures, landscapes, the science of things, and the dynamics of friendships.

Can you tell me the titles of the four novels you’ve written and give a brief synopsis of each?
Moving Streak is the story of an 8th grade girl named Abby who moves around the United States–to South Dakota, Iowa, and North Carolina. She doesn’t know if she really fits in because she moves around so much. By the end of the novel, she finds out who her real friends are, and who she really is.

Deep Down Secrets is set in New York City. It is about a popular girl who doesn’t really love being popular, and doesn’t really know who she’s become. With the help of her best friend, she comes to terms with herself.

Best Year Never
is the sequel to Deep Down Secrets. It goes deeper into the friendships of the protagonist. Some kids still think she’s stereotypically “cool,” but others discover that she is different in important ways.

Princess of Anastesia takes place in Italy, in medieval times. It tells the story of a 12-year-old who lives with a farm family, but discovers that her real dad is a king, and she is a princess. Her father had to give her up because his kingdom was fighting a great war, and the enemies were trying to hurt her.

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Anne-Marie Gordon- Cinderella’s Window

Anne-Marie is a National Board Certified School Librarian at Livonia Primary School in Livonia, NY.  She loves to help kids to find the perfect story, discover the best information, and create multimedia about world they live in. What would Cinderella see outside her window? That depends.  Does she live in a small village in France, near the walled city of Great Zimbabwe, or in  the … Continue reading Anne-Marie Gordon- Cinderella’s Window

Book Club: Spin the Globe Adventures–AUSTRALIA

“Geography is sooooo boring” thinks Marissa as she sits in her third grade class. So boring, in fact, that she promptly drifts off to sleep. Luckily, with a little help from some new friends, she soon discovers that geography is about more than just maps and globes; it’s about a wide world of diverse animals, environments, and cultures. Geography is out there–and it’s fun! Spin … Continue reading Book Club: Spin the Globe Adventures–AUSTRALIA