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AUTHOR VISITS

HAVE DOG SLED -- WILL TRAVEL!

Since I like to hang out with my readers, I've been part of the Kern Reading Assn. Young Author Fair, Author-Go-Round in Santa Barbara, StoryFest in Ventura, Eureka Author Festival and others.

 

I teach a writing course through UCLA Extension and hold an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

 

I frequently visit schools, libraries, and professional conferences. My 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 my 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.

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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
* It’s 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?


Adventure Novel, DEATH MOUNTAIN


NATIONAL EDUCATION STANDARD TIE-INS, USING COMMUNICATION SKILLS TO PROMOTE HEALTH:

Characters Erin and Mae 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 mother’s 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 Erin’s 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.