Without doubt, the most self-satisfying reward of a life-long career as a writer is the response I get from readers, especially children. The child-in-me glories in the knowing smile on the face of a young reader who has just discovered Fire Mate, or Pemba Sherpa, or even Gus the Bus. That moment of shared delight is worth my collection of a huge pile of rejection slips.
Thank you, Dear Reader, for taking the time to let me know.

  and WATER WARS were selected by the New York Public Library for its
“Book for the Teen Age” list.

HARP SEALS was named “Most Outstanding Children’s Science Trade Book” by the Children’s Book Council and the National Science Teachers Association.

 earned  the Junior Library Guild Selection award 'Best Current Books for Children'.
Pemba Sherpa is a top-ten  selection on the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer Project list for 2011.
The American Institutes of Research and the Minnesota Department of Education, MNDOE selected Pemba Sherpa for their state-wide assessment of students in grades 3 through 10. It was made part of the Great Lakes Great Books program and selected by the Cooperative Children's Book Center/ University of Minnesota for their CCBC Choices for 2010 as an outstanding picture book for children 5-8.


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