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Books That Inspire Kids to Become Readers
Literacy coaching and consulting, engaging fiction and nonfiction, author visits, writing workshops & more!
I'm excited to introduce my first novel for middle grade readers. Published by Pelican Publishing and available in ebook and paper back, The West End Treehouse Mystery is set (circa 1975) in the West End neighborhood of Johnstown, PA, the place where I grew up. Kids who love a good mystery adventure will love the book. And if you're old enough to have lived through The Bee Gees, Pet Rocks, and The Waltons, you can take a trip down memory lane. See the KID'S BOOKS & MORE tab for more information and consider stopping by the Cambria County Library (Main) or Children's Book Festival of Johnstown, where I will be giving author talks on April 3 and April 8.
My 2017-2018 collaboration with Capital Area IU and Lincoln IU is drawing to a close. On behalf of the IUs, I have been working this fall and winter to help teachers in non-public schools strengthen their reading and writing programs and their instructional methods. I've been so impressed with the teachers' willingness to implement programs, strategies, and instructional techniques that are new to them. Being a part of this professional development effort has been exciting, mostly because I know that many children in Harrisburg are learning more than ever before.