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JAN FRAZIER'S CALENDAR OF ENGAGEMENTS
January 29 -- Bradley University Young Adult Literature class -- Peoria, Illinois -- speaking engagement
March 17-18-19 -- Algonquin, IL -- variety of school engagements (motivational speeches) in conjunction with Barnes and Noble. Booksigning March 18 at Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee.
March 25 -- Kiwanis Club -- Pekin, IL -- speaking engagement and booksigning
April 11 -- Limestone High School, Bartonville, IL -- speaking engagement
May 6 -- Fairbury High School -- Fairbury, IL -- speaking engagement
May 12 -- Tazewell County Retired Teachers -- Washington, IL -- booksigning
May 15-17 -- Tour of schools in Chicago, IL -- speaking engagements at four schools and booksigning at Barnes and Noble, Spring Hill Mall
May 22 -- Concordia Lutheran School -- Peoria, IL -- speaking engagement
June 12 -- Peoria Genealogy Society -- Peoria, Illinois -- Speaking engagement.
January 14 -- St. John's Lutheran Church -- Green Valley, IL -- speaking engagement
Jan 15 and 16 -- tour of schools, Chicago area -- Algonquin and Dundee, IL. Booksigning and speaking engagements.
Jan 17 -- Booksigning at Springhill Mall in Dundee, IL. Speaking engagement for area educational staff.
April 14 -- Tazewell County Genealogy and Historical Society -- Pekin, IL -- speaking engagement
April 21 -- Starke Grade School -- Pekin, Illinois -- Booksigning
May 16 -- Accepting IWPA award for I Visited Europe and Survived -- Chicago, Illinois
May 19 -- East Peoria Grade School -- East Peoria, Illinois -- speaking engagement and booksigning
Sept 8-10 -- Marigold Festival, Pekin, Illinois -- book sales and signing
September 12 -- Tazewell County Genealogy Society -- Pekin, Illinois -- speaking engagement and book signing
October 29 -- Dr. Deb Burgauer's BU class -- Peoria, Illinois -- speaking engagement
February 11 -- Jefferson School, Pekin, Illinois -- speaking engagements for first graders
February 25 -- Good Shepherd School, Pekin, Illinois -- speaking engagement for first graders
March 23 -- St. Mary's School, Kickapoo, Illinois -- speaking engagements and book signings
March 25 -- Dr. Deb Burgauer's YAL class, Bradley University, Peoria, IL -- speaking engagement
April 2 -- Morton High School, Morton, Illinois -- speaking engagement
April 23 -- Starke School, Pekin, Illinois -- booksigning
May 15 -- IWPA, Chicago, Illinois -- acceptance of first-place award in Illinois for Destination Disaster and second place award for The Warmth of Opa's Blanket
August 14 -- The Speak Easy -- Pekin, Illinois -- book signing
August 29 -- National Convention of NFPW, Chicago, Illinois -- acceptance of first-place National award for Destination Disaster
September 10 & 11 -- Marigold Festival -- Pekin, Illinois -- book signing
September 17 -- Bradley University -- Dr. Burgauer's Young Adult Lit class -- Peoria, Illinois -- speaking engagement and book signing.
October 23 -- Pekin Holiday vendors -- Pekin, IL -- booksigning.
Jan 27 -- Deb Burgauer's Young Adult Lit Class -- Bradley University -- Peoria, IL -- speaking engagement and book signing.
April 19 -- Good Shepherd School -- Pekin, IL -- speaking engagement
April 21 -- Wilson School -- Pekin, IL -- speaking engagement and book signing
April 28 --Jefferson School -- Pekin, IL -- speaking engagement
August 4 -- St. Paul's United Church of Christ -- speaking engagement and booksigning.
August 29 -- YAL class, Bradley University -- speaking engagement
September 10-11 -- Marigold Festival, Pekin, IL -- booksigning
September 15 -- Good Shepherd Lutheran School -- speaking engagement
October 20 -- Good Shepherd Lutheran School -- speaking engagement
October 22 -- Booksigning and sales at Lutheran Church, East Peoria
October 27 -- Wilson School, Pekin, IL, speaking engagement
November 19 -- East Peoria Bazaar, booksigning and sales
November 22 -- Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Pekin, speaking
December 15 -- Sherman Elementary School, Sherman, IL -- speaking and booksigning
January 1-15 -- In London teaching English and writing for Bradley University
March 13 -- Good Shepherd Lutheran School -- speaking
March 14 -- Rotary Club, Pekin, IL -- speaking and booksigning
April 14 -- Parents' Weekend at Bradley University -- speaking and booksigning
April 26 -- Good Shepherd Lutheran School -- speaking engagement
May 11 -- Episcopal Church, Pekin, IL -- speaking engagement and booksigning
May 19 -- Peoria Public Library -- speaking and booksigning
June 2 -- Receiving state award (J.C. van Winkler series) at IWPA Banquet, Chicago, IL
June 9 -- Printers Row, Chicago, IL -- booksigning
January -- In London teaching English 300 to Bradley Students during J-Term.
June 1 -- Receiving State award for Pilgrims, Indians, Shakespeare, Oh My! at IWPA Banquet, Chicago, IL
June 9 -- Printers Row, Chicago, IL -- booksigning
Sept 7-8 -- Marigold Festival, Pekin, IL -- sales and booksigning
January -- In London teaching Eng 300 to Bradley Students during J-Term.
THE CARDINAL IS SYMBOLIC...
As Starlight Laser Express draws to a close, the cardinal becomes a precious symbol to J.C. van Winkler. Smitty had recited a poem to her while they were in Chamonix, France, and J.C. later remembers it:
All birds are heralds from above
Each robin, blue jay, every dove;
But when you see a red bird fly,
You've sen an angel in the sky.
Only at the conclusion of the novel, will you completely understand the meaning of this poem and the reason behind Smitty's telling it to J.C.
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Starlight Laser Express is the first in a series of three novels for young adults, which not only entertains the readers but also educates them with knowledge of countries from which our American heritage stems. J.C. van Winkler and Smitty -- her ghostly friend -- travel in a time-warp to Europe via Starlight Laser Express.
What is Starlight Laser Express? Smitty tries to briefly explain it to J.C.
"It's a secret. All I can tell you is that we put our palms together and close our eyes and it just happens. We'll both feel a tingling sensation in our bodies, and we'll see a million stars pass by in a second in our minds' eye. To simplify matters, we'll call this whole transaction Starlight Laser Express. In a split second, we'll be in Europe and ready to perform our task."
J.C. experienced traveling on Starlight Laser Express during their first trip to London. "It was as Smitty said -- a tingle, stars, and swoosh -- we were in seventeenth-century England."
Starlight Laser Express was awarded the Tommy Award for excellence in the young adult fantasy genre.
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