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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: WriteSpa; 1 edition (May 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193998002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939980021
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kendell Shaffer grew up in Baltimore, the daughter of two ballet dancers. She moved to the Big Apple for college where she attended Tisch School of the Arts film school at New York University. After college, she moved on to Los Angeles where she produces and writes for television. Now a resident of Venice Beach, Kendell teaches screenwriting to teens at high schools throughout Los Angeles for the Writer's Guild Foundation. In addition to spending time with her family, she co-founded Garage Band Venice, a musical jam where kids learn to play music together in individual bands. She raises bees on her rooftop and plays the drums in her living room. Please visit Kendell at http://www.kendellshaffer.com.

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Kendell Shaffer has had a multifaceted career in entertainment, most recently working in VFX (visual effects) on 'Knight and Day,' a 20th Century Fox film. During the shoot she traveled with the film to Boston, Salzburg, Austria and Seville, Spain.

In 2007 she joined the WGA when she sold a TV pilot, 'Downtown' to ABC Studios and a TV movie, 'Team Julia' to Lifetime Television, both of which she wrote with her writing partner, Jefferson Eliot. In 2009, Kendell and Jefferson turned their TV pilot, 'Affairs of State' about interns on Capitol Hill, into a stage play, which was performed at Electric Lodge to sold-out houses.

She has been teaching screenwriting for the Writer's Guild Foundation in their High School Screen Writing workshop, bringing screenwriting into inner city schools throughout Los Angeles. Her work with teens inspired her to write a YA novel, KALIFORNIA BLU, which she has just finished. It is the first of a series set in Venice, California.

She currently teaches writing workshops to teens and tweens through her own organization, Write This Way.

Kendell has been Associate Producer on the movie 'Sirens' for Showtime; 'King of the World' for ABC; 'Nash Bridges,' 'Orleans,' and 'Texarkana' for CBS. She's worked as Graphics Supervisor on 'CSI:NY,' and Visual Effects Supervisor on 'VR.5,' 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,' and 'Titanic,' the CBS mini-series. She put in her time with Roger Corman in the art department on four Concorde-New Horizon movies, and was set decorator for various music videos and commercials. She is a voting member of the Writer's Guild Guild, Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and an annual judge the Scriptwriters Network Screenwriting Competition.

Currently she can be found at Jasperlark.com where she is partners with Jefferson Eliot in their Design + Writing business.

In addition to spending time with her family, she is co-founder of Garage Band Venice, a musical jam where kids learn to play music together in individual bands.

Kendell is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. She is a former dancer and grew up in Baltimore, the daughter of two ballet dancers. She plays the drums and raises bees on her roof.

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I look forward to reading the next installment!
Katharine Gates
The vivid, energetic style keeps you flying through the pages in this debut novel by Kendell Shaffer.
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Kendell Shaffer makes you really love the characters, especially because of their flaws.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather L. Alexander on July 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given this book in return for an honest review. Kalifornia Blu is a teenage /skateboarder, whose mother was a star and is trying to make a comeback, and in doing so leaves Kali alone most of the time. Kali is a girl in desperate need of attention and is always pushing the boundaries. After getting in trouble, she's bailed out by mommy's people and ends up in a program through high school that simulates the LAPD. Unhappy with the situation, but not wanting to go to juvi or ask her mother for help, she resigns herself to the class. In the process of the story, she makes friends with her teenaged attorney, an ex gangmember, and a young girl in desperate need of help. With mommy dearest gone, her absentee father is now her caretaker and he actually seems to care. She finds that he is in a program where he mentors kids, one of those kids becomes in need of Kali's help, with her and her other pals, they have to go save a young girl. Kali is changing and doesn't even see it, she is becoming the person she would have been if someone had cared for her. Can Kali get over her bitterness towards everyone and actually have a real relationship with someone? This is not the kind of book I normally read but I enjoyed it. I liked watching Kali change and become a better person, she's fiercely loyal to those she cares about and in desperate need of someone to really care for her. Her character could represent so many kids out there today that it's scary. If you are looking for a book with a message, a bit of romance, action and realism, this is a great book to check out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The guy on September 21, 2013
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I love Kendell Shaffer's skill with the language and the momentum in her storytelling. What impresses me most is the way she observes behavior. Shaffer has a great touch for drawing moments that simultaneously define character and advance narrative. It is a technique I have seen often in Anne Tyler and Elmore Leonard, and Shaffer is quite deft at using it. I could rave on but I'll add just one more note. I believe music is about "the feeling" and I'm pretty the same is true for storytelling. "Kalifornia Blu" has it. If the marketplace has any brains it will embrace the book enthusiastically!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Gates on September 22, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book! It's full of great details about skateboarding culture in Venice California - the slang, clothing, brands, etc - coming from someone who really knows her stuff. The protagonist is a strong and believable grrrl trying to find her way in a world where the grownups are unreliable and self-involved. Through the journey of the book, she takes on Asian gangs, judges, lawyers and a hilariously believable rock diva and finds her own authentic way to live. I look forward to reading the next installment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jehan Agrama on September 21, 2013
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Blu is an engaging likable teenager. Strong female character. Story is well written and begs to be made into a movie. Great characters, believable and fresh. Looking forward for more from this writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiddions on September 13, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. A great look into the world of an usual subset of teens and one celebrity parented wayward soul! I really enjoyed the world created and the interesting locations and details about Los Angeles!! I think Teens will really enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LA Writer on September 13, 2013
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Kalifornia Blu quickly engrossed me. I started reading one or two chapters, and soon found myself needing to read through to the end. Kendell Shaffer makes you really love the characters, especially because of their flaws. I cared about them and the choices they made, found myself hoping they'd make better choices, getting a little upset when they didn't, but understanding why they had to. The setting, the motivations, the relationships, and the plot are authentic and human, and the prose is easy-flowing and fun. I didn't want it to end... and i'm hoping there's a follow up or two. It seems like the beginning of something great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bixby Cantor on August 10, 2013
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Enjoyed it very much. Brings Venice to life. All the more relevant with the craziness that has gone down there recently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Alden on July 30, 2013
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Kalifornia Blu is fast-paced and easy to read, but it's not just another YA novel. It's unpretentious and paints a clear and honest portrait of humanity - what it's like to grow up; what it's like to be alone. Kalifornia Blu is affecting and poignant, but doesn't take itself too seriously. It has a universal appeal - girls and boys, young and old, this book is for you.
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