Before Harry Potter came along, I remember (growing up in the 90s) more kids reading two series than any other: Goosebumps and The Magic Schoolbus. It was a great way to earn easy Accelerated Reader points. I loved watching the show in class and some of the humor is just now making since (like one episode where Carlos—Ho boy, I’ll never forget that kid—impersonates Arnold Schwarzenegger).

I found this quote from her on Wiki about writing the first book: “I couldn’t work at all. I cleaned out closets, answered letters, and went shopping, anything but sit down and write. But I eventually did even though I was scared.”

You will be missed, ma’am.