SLOPPY DRAFT #98,605

AUTHOR-GO-ROUND 2010

LIVE AND IN COLOR

"'FROZEN STIFF" IN ALASKA!

I WAS ONCE A KID TOO!

Selected Works

"Told in fast-paced third-person, this survival adventure creates an almost otherworldly experience within a treacherous and bracingly beautiful landscape. . . ." -- Kirkus
Fiction
Adventure-survival novel. "The level of technical detail rivals Gary Paulsen's Hatchet."
--School Library Journal
"A compelling adventure story with a highly realized Alaskan setting . . . A solid, readable, well-researched novel with good plotting and convincing characters..."
Picture Book
"This creative team turns to the concept of months, using each one to explore how Latin American countries mark various festive occasions. Each full-page spread combines vibrant art with a short poem." -- Booklist
Picture Books
"Watercolor and collage illustrations keep the action moving.... the father-son relationship is appealingly depicted."
--School Library Journal

AUTHOR VISITS

HAVE DOG SLED -- WILL TRAVEL!

Sherry Shahan frequently visits schools, libraries, and professional conferences. Her highly visual presentation includes:

* An assembly featuring the famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. At the same time, she shares her experiences in Alaska while researching her photo-illustrated book, DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW: The Story of the Jr. Iditarod (Mondo).

*The second half of her presentation shows students how a personal experience -- in this case, kayaking to the largest tidewater glacier in North America -- translated into an adventure story for middle-grade readers, FROZEN STIFF (Random House).

* Thousands of elementary and middle-school teachers across the country have incorporated the Iditarod into literature, history, and/​or social studies units. FROZEN STIFF is used as a companion to Call of the Wild and Julie books. It remains on the "Battle of the Books" list for the state of California.

I make Skype visits!

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Here's What I Love About Camping!

BEST THINGS ABOUT CAMPING:

* Food tastes better when fingers are forks
* Get to sleep in your clothes
* Forget about brushing your hair
* Leave parents in the house
* Stay up late
* Going to the bathroom outside
* Sleep under stars
* Camping is never boring

WORST THINGS ABOUT CAMPING:

* Bears
* Rain
* Itís dark
* Gooey sunscreen collects dirt
* Mosquitos and other skin-nibblers
* Frogs in your sleeping bag
* Going to the bathroom in the dark
* Running out of toilet paper

What's on your Best/​Worst list?



National Education Standards tie-ins "Death Mountain"

USING COMMUNICATION SKILLS TO PROMOTE HEALTH:
Characters Erin and Mae constantly communicate about health issues regarding food, shelter and basic survival. The behavior of Erin and how it affects interpersonal communication relates to secrets surrounding her motherís mental illness. In the end, she demonstrates healthy ways to express her needs and feelings.

SETTING GOALS FOR GOOD HEALTH:
Erin and Mae demonstrate goal-setting and decision-making skills to survive in the wilderness. They solve problems both individually and collaboratively.

REDUCING HEALTH RISKS:
By following Erinís story, readers will learn how to practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks:
* Distinguish between safe and risky or harmful behaviors in relationships.
* Learn strategies to improve or maintain personal and family health.
* Develop injury prevention and management strategies for personal health.
* Demonstrate ways to avoid and reduce threatening situations.

GEOGRAPHY/​THE WORLD IN SPATIAL TERMS:
The characters in Death Mountain use maps and other geographic representations to process information from a spatial perspective. This information helps them find a safe way out of the mountains.

UNDERSTANDING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MUSIC, THE OTHER ARTS, AND DISCIPLINES OUTSIDE THE ARTS:
While in the wilderness, Erin writes poems and turns them into song lyrics. She also examines poetic forms and how they relate to music.