ABOUT Diane Owens

Diane Owens
Allow me to answer the two questions I hear most often:
For readers of Swept Up: No, I have never been kidnapped by an angry janitor while on a school field trip. But I have spent a lot of time wondering what would happen if I had been. In real life, I like school janitors and am not  More...



… one angry janitor with an unbelievable plan

… 73 sixth-graders locked inside

… a fake town that’s becoming uncomfortably real

… a formerly popular girl who knows how to escape

Unfortunately, no one feels like listening.

To all the young writers at allwritewithme.com - I hope this book inspires you as much as you inspire me. I invite everyone who discovers this book through other websites to visit allwritewithme.com. You’ll find great stories written by grade school kids. You’ll also find free discussion guides built around the common core. Guides include the specific standards addressed for 4th, 5th and 6th grades. I hope you enjoy this sample of Swept Up!

On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give this book a full 10. I love it. I liked the part about when the papers were flying everywhere. - Kayla James, 5th grade


My class and I loved the book. It grew more suspenseful every day. I loved the lesson it told, too. You are a very gifted writer. The way you wrote the book allowed it to be very easy for students to visualize the story in their minds. Excellent descriptions. You're at the top of our best seller list, for sure. -Judy Smith, 3rd grade teacher


I really enjoyed it. I liked all the adventure of it and the only thing I didn’t like about it is that it ended. - Breslin Crose, 5th grade

A fascinating read all the way through, with strong characters you get to know and like...or not. I loved the surprise ending and how the mystery and excitement that went through the whole book came to a satisfying conclusion. - Dorothy Ray
This book kept my students' attention all the way through. - Alyce McConaghy, 4th grade teacher