Jon Etter

Writer, Teacher, Resident of the October Country

This time it’s not just the study guide and projects that are free–this time, you don’t even have to pay for the story! In my continuing efforts to help out my fellow homebound parents & teachers, I’ve decided to post “Somebody’s Favorite Knight,” a middle grade comedy/fantasy short story that originally appeared in the 2017 anthology Tales of the Once and Future King, for free download. At the end of the story, I’ve put together a study guide with multiple levels of questioning and creative project and research opportunities. Feel free to use and share as you see fit. Hope it helps you more easily get through our current but temporary difficulties.

Take care, be safe, and stay healthy!


Somebody’s Favorite Knight with Study Questions

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Hey everybody,

First I hope you and all in your family are well and taking measures to remain so.

As we teachers and parents all hunker down and try to come up with meaningful learning activities for our kids, I thought I’d let all of you know that I’ve personally created a complete study guide, including chapter-by-chapter study/discussion questions covering multiple levels of questioning and a variety of final projects, for A Dreadful Fairy Book. The study guide is free to download right here: just click the link below or on my “Teaching Materials” page. I also hope to have a study guide for Another Dreadful Fairy Book completed and available for free download sometime this week (you know, during all that time I have when I’m not providing/monitoring virtual learning for my students or tending to the educational/emotional/physical needs of my two homebound children). Both books are available in print and ebook formats from a variety of online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores.

Take care and be well!


A Dreadful Fairy Book Study Guide


We have an official release date for Another Dreadful Fairy Book!

On January 7th, join Shade, Ginch, and the Professor as they search the fairy land of Elfame for members of a secret society of book guardians and a treasure trove of lost books while fighting to keep the Grand Library from being shut down by the villainous bugbear Norwell Drabbury, Grand Scrutinizer for the Ministry of Ordinariness, Averageness, and Normalcy (M.O.A.N.).

Preorder now at brick and mortar stores on online retailers!




Sorry for the extended radio silence. Turns out teaching full-time, writing books, promoting said books, and raising two kids takes up a fair amount of time, and little things like keeping up on the ol’ website kind of fall by the wayside. Anyway, the second of Those Dreadful Fairy Books, name Another Dreadful Fairy Book, will be coming out in a few months. Woo-hoo! Since I last checked in, Amberjack Publishing has been acquired by and is now an imprint of Chicago Review Press, which is fantastic news–CRP puts out amazing books and has the potential to get my silly little fairies into even more bookstores to cause who know what sorts of shenanigans. Unfortunately, because of a little hiccup in the transition, the next book will not be coming out in November as originally announced but sometime in either December or January. As soon as we have a hard release date, I’ll post it. In the meantime, check out the fantastic cover created by the amazing Adam Horsepool!


As if winning a First Horizon Award from the Eric Hoffer Awards for Small, Independent, and Academic Press Books wasn’t enough, yesterday I found out they’ve named A Dreadful Fairy Book the winner of their Middle Reader Award for 2019! I’m so honored, humbled, and grateful. That plus finishing copy edits on the second book in the Those Dreadful Fairy Books series has made this a pretty darn good week!

While I’ve received many wonderful reviews for A Dreadful Fairy Book, the following one may very well be my favorite. Thanks so much to Mystery To Me‘s Middle Grade Reviewer (who both reviews Middle Grade reviews and is himself a middle-grader) for the kind words! More reviewers really should let writers know where their work stands in the event of an evil troll attack. New York Times Book Review take notice!

Myster To Me Middle Grade Review