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  • Home of the Brave – An Immigrant Story

    “In Kek’s story, I hope readers will see the neighbor child with a strange accent, the new kid in class from some faraway land, the child in odd clothes who doesn’t belong. I hope they see themselves.” Katherine Applegate These words, found on the inside flap of the Katherine Applegate’s first standalone novel, Home of …[ read more ]

  • The Silver Coin – The Aleppo Connection

    John Dewey once said meaningful learning occurs when successive learning experiences “are integrated with one another. It [a learning experience] can be built up only as a world of related objects is constructed.” That’s one of the tasks of volume 3 in the middle grade historical fiction series Ancient Elements –  The Silver Coin. This adventurous series about life …[ read more ]

  • New WIP – All That Glitters – With STEAM

    I’m excited to move forward with my new middle grade historical fiction work in progress, tentatively titled, All That Glitters. Yesterday I visited Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery, the final resting place for several people from the Donner party, including Virginia Reed, who was thirteen when she came West with her mother, stepfather, and siblings. In my middle …[ read more ]

  • The Silver Coin

    Book 3 of the Ancient Elements series is now in its final editing stage! This ship is one of the illustrations in the book by my wonderful illustrator, Marsha Ottum Owen. The book’s cover art is still in the development stage.We hope to publish by the end of June, or early July. If you’d like to …[ read more ]

  • Why I Write – Reason #1

    Why I Write – Reason #1: So I don’t fall out of bed at night. At least, that’s my working theory. You see, this month I haven’t had time to write. My mom, who has lived with us for the past three years, has dementia that advanced to the point where we needed to find …[ read more ]

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