I am happy to announce the coming release of another novel, A PLACE FOR YOU, in December!
12 year-old Tracy can't imagine the threads of her personal story intertwining with those of a leopard named Harriet, but moving to her Great Aunt Lynette's farm makes it happen.
At first, Tracy feels distant from the stern old lady, but things change with the appearance of a stray cat. With the help of Kitty, her neighbor, Mallory, and a conservation warden named Jamie, love grows between Tracy and her aunt, and a friendship blooms among the unlikely group. And when Kitty and Tracy explore a nearby wooded canyon, the adventure that follows carries Harriet's legacy forward in unique and life-affirming ways.
Inspired in part by true events, A PLACE FOR YOU is a story of growth in love, friendship, and courage.
Available December 14th -- just in time for Christmas!
Retail price is $11.95. Pre-order for $10 (plus $3 shipping, if applicable) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It seems that kids are some of the best discoverers around! Here is a link for another kid who discovered a mastodon tooth in a creek not far from home. You never know what you might run across!
I will be making 2 classroom visits at Pineview Elementary School in Reedsburg on Tuesday, March 11th. These classes have completed a read-aloud of Journeys; An Ice Age Adventure, and are ready to learn more about Wisconsin's Ice Age and about the writing process. In addition, I will also present several short programs at the school's RIFF Night that evening (Reading is Fun For Families). Many thanks to Debbie Schell and Dana Westedt for making the book part of their students' experience.
This summer, four kids in northeastern Iowa were playing in a creek near their home. Wanting to deepen their swimming hole, they sought to build a small dam. In moving a stick, they uncovered quite a find -- a mastodon tooth! Much like Mark and Barry in Journeys: An Ice Age Adventure, these kids made a wonderful and unexpected connection to the Midwest's Ice Age past.
This is great on so many levels! These kids were outside interacting with nature, creating, exercising, and working together. They were rewarded with an object of wonder and a story I'm sure they will pass on to their own children and grandchildren. Good for them!
The Midwest has yielded many Ice Age relics: bones of giant bison, mammoths, mastodons, giant beavers, stag moose, saber tooth cats, the list goes on. It is a safe bet there remain untold numbers of Ice Age treasures awaiting discovery. So kids, get outside and keep your eyes open. You never know what you might find!
This is spring in Wisconsin? But seriously folks... This post is an update to the climate blurb I wrote on Feb. 27. Our snowy and cold March is certainly testing my patience with the variations of climate! Here's hoping we can get enough sunny days to melt the snow cover and thus begin warming the land. Otherwise we could go on with this cycle for a few more weeks! At least we don't have glaciers to contend with. :)
A personal training client and I were chatting about the weather last week. Full disclosure -- we were mostly groaning about being tired of winter and ready for spring. In the course of our discussion, we talked a bit about climate change. She, being elderly, knows a few old timers who carp about the "global warming myth" on the coldest of winter days. I told her how researching the Ice Age has helped me come to understand the dynamic nature of climate. The earth gets warmer for a time and then it cools. It has happened numerous times and will likely continue to do so. Understanding this helps me to accept the weather changes we are seeing (and are projected to see increasingly over the next forty years). I'll admit though, that it still doesn't help much on those last few February days. Come on, spring!
It was a good session today with ten residents. We viewed a computer animated video clip of a mastodon herd, discussed Ice Age Wisconsin, built a mastodon with props, did two short readings, and had a question and answer time.
I visited Weston Elementary/Middle School in Cazenovia on Thursday, January 29. I presented programs for the 4th and 5th graders and the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It was a great time of sharing information about the Ice Age in Wisconsin, reading a selection from the novel, and answering questions. I even played the song, Journeys, for the older kids and was applauded for the effort! Thanks go out to the kids for being a great audience, the teachers for their support, and Kay Amborn for coordinating the event.
I feel badly that I am so behind in talking about my visit to the Hatch Library in Mauston on November 8. It was a great visit. The audience was very appreciative and attentive, and the library staff did a first-rate job!
Visits to St. Luke's School in Plain, WI, and Pineview Elementary in Reedsburg, WI, were fun times. The kids really enjoyed "building" a mastodon.