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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!

The first review for “Nickel Bay Nick” is in, and it’s a doozy! Kirkus Review says, “Nickel Bay Nick” is “…a fast-paced adventure that’s filled with humor, excitement, some shady characters, secrets, Sam’s growing maturity and some deep emotional pain…. A surprising, poignant twist at the end brings about a satisfying, uplifting finale!”