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Wanted: Fresh, imaginative children's-book manuscripts written by students in grades K-12 for possible publication.

Raspberry Publications, founded in 1993, publishes children's books written and illustrated exclusively by young people. The company's mission, according to its co-founder, Susan Schmidt, is to give young writers a voice and to showcase their talents, especially since children enjoy reading stories written by their peers.

Raspberry's authors, who range in age from 7 to 17, receive a standard book contract and royalties, which they are encouraged to put into a trust fund for college.

The company has published seven titles, including There's a Monster in My Mouth and The Whale Dancers. The publisher also offers (for $8.95) a Young Authors' Guide to Publishers, a step-by-step guide to producing a marketable manuscript.

Book information or manuscript-submission guidelines are available from Raspberry Publications Inc., P.O. Box 925, Westerville, Ohio 43086-6925; (800) 759-7171.

The first volume in a series of books about expeditionary learning has been published by the New American Schools Development Corporation to help educators bring the Outward Bound experience into their classrooms.

Fieldwork: An Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound Reader features the voices and stories of individuals who have incorporated principles of the Outward Bound philosophy into their teaching of grades K-12.

Based in Cambridge, Mass., Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound was one of nine teams chosen in 1993 by NASDC to "break the mold" of traditional schools.

Ordering information for Fieldwork is available by calling (800) 228-0810. The reference number for the $14.95 book is 1-0229.

The MicroSociety Consortium has launched a new quarterly newsletter to help its network of members keep abreast of their colleagues' activities and accomplishments.

The publication, Live Wire, also features first-person accounts of creating MicroSociety schools, state-by-state updates on the growth of this alternative approach to schooling, articles about emerging reform ideas, and training opportunities.

Started in the 1970's, the MicroSociety movement strives to connect education to the real world, encouraging schools to set up "mini-civilizations" in the classroom that include courts, banks, newspapers, and even their own currency.

For a free sample of the newsletter and information about membership, write: MicroSociety Inc., 53 North Mascher St., Suite 3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106-2224.

--MEGAN DRENNAN

Vol. 14, Issue 31

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