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We’re thrilled to be talking to Leah from Donna McDine’s tween chapter book, A Sandy Grave. She is taking a quick break from enjoying the beach. It is a pleasure to have her with us A Sandy Grave covertoday at Beyond the Books!

BTB: Thank you so for this interview, Leah. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Leah: My personality definitely flows from the pages and I enjoy how my creator portrays me as a curious individual.

BTB: What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Leah: I trust my gut instincts.

BTB: Worse trait?

Leah: I can exhaust others by asking too many questions.

BTB: If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Leah: Drew Barrymore

BTB: At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

Leah: When the men began chasing us. I was scared what they would do to us if they caught us.

BTB: If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Leah: Either of the men that stole the whale’s teeth. They were both grimy and deceptive.

BTB: How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Leah: Relieved.

BTB: What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Leah: Portray me older in the next book, because I’m growing girl and want even more exciting adventures.

BTB: Thank you for this interview, Leah. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Leah: I hope so, but that’s up to my creator. Maybe if I keep yelling at her in her mind she will have to write about me again.

About the Book

The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures to be had–especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?

About the Author:Donna McDine Headshot

Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.

Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership.

Visit Donna online at or her blog at


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  1. donnamcdine says:

    Thank you for hosting my character Leah today from A Sandy Grave. We are both delighted to be here!


  2. donnamcdine says:

    Thank you, it’s a pleasure to be visiting Beyond the Books :)

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