The Value of True Friendship and Forgiveness

Janice Laakko Author Interview

Gloppy follows a fifth-grade girl who becomes rivals with a new girl at school; friends and school staff work to help the girls overcome their differences. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The inspiration for Gloppy came from watching interactions between elementary-age students. Mistake-making, teasing, and pranking are common experiences for kids.

I wanted to write a book with believable characters whom readers can identify with. As kids follow the main character’s journey, I hope that they will enjoy the story and develop some helpful strategies for dealing with their own problems.

Dee thinks she has everything figured out when she starts school, only to discover she does not. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Dee is highly intelligent and competitive, but that doesn’t make her immune to social challenges. She makes a big mistake and learns that there are unpleasant consequences for her behavior. As she navigates through the subsequent difficulties, she learns about the value of true friendship and forgiveness. These are some of the ideals I hoped to convey.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

There are several themes showcased in Gloppy:

  1. How to build and keep friendships.
  2. The importance of making amends to those one has hurt.
  3. The power of forgiveness.
  4. Learning to accept guidance from parents and teachers.
  5. Dispelling the notion that intelligent kids have no problems.
  6. To balance life with a generous dose of humor.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The sequel to Gloppy, called Addition Problems, is already available! Dee’s family is having an addition built, and crazy things start happening! Plus, there is a mystery unfolding; can the reader figure it out? Dee has some interesting and funny experiences in this wild, upside-down summer!

Also, I am now working on Book 3 in the series!

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Fifth-grader Dee Lanson has had it with Samantha’s weird stares! To make matters worse, Samantha wheedles her way into Dee’s friendship circle and flips everything upside down. Dee seeks revenge against her enemy and finds herself in the deepest trouble she has ever been in. On top of that, she’s bored at school and called to the principal’s office so often that the path leading there likely has her name on it! She must find her way out of trouble and win her friends back. But how?

Meanwhile, the fifth-graders are competing in girls vs. boys kickball and softball games. Each team is determined to outscore the other. Things become pretty wild both on and off the field! At home, Dee mixes it up with her little brother, Joey. Will there be any peace?

Gloppy is a heartwarming tale of friendships and forgiveness that will stick with a reader long after the last page has been turned.

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