Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Eve of the Feeding


In a moment of sheer irony, I find myself on the eve of a feeding seemingly straight out of Mice Don't Taste Like Chicken. Art may imitate life, but sometimes it is the other way around.

Two weeks ago, when I began my new teaching job, I accepted an offer from a colleague to house her two corn snakes, Beatrice and Priscilla, in my room as class pets. Their unusual cage antics throughout this week signaled their hunger.

So, off to the pet store I went.

Associate: "How can I help you?"

Me: "I'm looking for some white mice. For a snake feeding."

Associate (grinning): (5 second pause) "Sure, right over here."

I followed her, mini-plastic cage in hand, to the feeder mice and walked out of the store with two trembling rodents.

And now here I am, 8:45 on the eve of the feeding, concerned about those two little creatures, huddled together in my office. I mean, I even fed them a few Cheerios. That's one step away from naming them!

And so, my inner Drew fights its battle. Who is there to save them?

But such is the circle of life. Snakes eat mice. As Mr. Cross would say, "I can't deny their nature."

"Live, Learn, Teach"

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MDTLC now available on Kindle!

To all my Kindle readers, Mice Don't Taste Like Chicken is now available on Kindle. Click here to download your copy today.

Also, let me know what you think of the book by leaving me some customer feedback on Amazon or posting on my blog.

Thanks in advance!

"Live, Learn, Teach"

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

PARC Partnership


Below is the message recently released to all members of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC).

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) is pleased to announce a recent partnership with author Scott Heydt. Scott writes young adult fiction and has recently published his new novel Mice Don't Taste Like Chicken. A portion of each book purchase is being donated to PARC to support the mission of amphibian and reptile conservation. Amphibians and reptiles offer important learning opportunities in the sixth grade class that serves as the setting for Mr. Heydt's new novel. Mice Don't Taste Like Chicken also features an Afterword written by Whit Gibbons, Professor Emeritus of Ecology at the University of Georgia. To purchase the book or for more details, please visit . A synopsis of the story follows below.

Sixth grade can be a zoo. Drew Harrington sure hopes so.
He and his best friend, Jackson Harris, can't wait to join Bridgeton Elementary's legendary teacher, Mr. Cross, in a classroom inhabited by cantankerous lizards, elusive iguanas, and a 13-foot Burmese python named Prometheus. Cootie-proof Kim Etter, Tinkle Troy Schwartz, the social outcast with an overactive bladder, and perpetual grade-schooler Joe Riaz are among Drew's classmates. Will this year be as predictable as the past five? Or will this be the year that makes Drew realize mice don't taste like chicken?

For more information about PARC and its efforts, visit

"Live, Learn, Teach"

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

MDTLC Official Release

Devoted Readers:

Mice Don't Taste Like Chicken is officially available for purchase! Visit,, or for details! Available on Amazon and B&N in the next few weeks. A portion of each book purchase is donated to Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC).

Thanks for your continued support!

"Live, Learn, Teach"

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sneak Preview of MDTLC Cover


The release of Mice Don't Taste Like Chicken is imminent! Just a few final details to sure up, and information will be provided for how you can purchase. In the meantime, here's a sneak preview of the cover. Enjoy!

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