Kenny Loggins tears it up with “Footloose” (and gets Keith Urban to sing along) on American Idol!

The 2014 Cybils Awards have been announced, and NICKEL BAY NICK has been named the winner in the Middle Grade fiction category!

The Ministry of Education in the country of Malaysia has closed a deal to purchase 250,000 copies of CAPTAIN NOBODY!

NICKEL BAY NICK has been announced as a nominee for the 2014-15 Great Stone Face Book Awards (New Hampshire.)NBN copy

Two teachers in Union Grove, WI, shot a welcome-back-to-school video to “Footloose” that went VIRAL and got them an appearance on The Today Show!

On Thursday, April 24, the 30th Anniversary of “Footloose” was celebrated with a screening at UCSB’s Script to Screen program, after which Dean sat for a Q&A with program director Matthew Ryan.

Two of Dean’s songs – “Holding Out for a Hero” (J.Steinman) and “Fame” (M. Gore) – were performed by a cappella groups Vocal Rush and Ten during the week of December 16 on NBC’s “The Sing Off.” Click on their titles to check out these jaw-dropping performances!

VECKENS FRANCOISLast year, while on a book tour in North Kansas City, this boy shyly asked if I’d put his name in my next novel. Oct. 29, while I was on a Skype with his class at Northgate Middle School, Veckens Francois was asked to read a passage from NICKEL BAY NICK, and when he read his name (on p. 83), his classmates cheered!