Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Kathy Stemke, Author

Kathy Stemke has a passion for writing, the arts and all things creative. She has a B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University and Covenant Life Seminary, as well as graduate coursework from New York Institute of Technology and Columbia University. Hanging her hat in the North Georgia mountains she has been a dancer, choreographer, teacher, tutor, writer and an antiques dealer for many years. As a freelance writer, Kathy has published several articles on the web and in magazines. Kathy's first children's book entitled, "Trouble on Earth Day," is coming out in 2009! Some of the writers past experiences include teaching in public and private schools as well as writing research papers, plays and musicals.

Book Summary:

Shelby and her squirrel family learn about conservation and recycling. She helps an animal in crisis and makes a good friend. This book will come with several activity pages for children, parents and teachers to enjoy. The activities include reading comprehension, art, recycling projects, and unique activities for practicing compound words, prefixes, and sight words.

Book Review:

by Lea Schizas

Bubba and Giganto: Odds Against Us

"It's a middle grade chapter book suitable for grades 6 – 8

Lea Schizas really captured the heart of high school boys in her book, "Bubba and Giganto:Agaist All Odds." Through her "hip" dialog I could understand their fears and hopes to fit in. Because bullying is such a big problem in schools, it's important that through this book kids can start to understand some of the root causes. More importantly, it gives them alternative ways to fight back, not with their fists but with athletic challenges and with their words. Kids in school often have to make choices whether to bully, support the actions of a bully, or stand up against a bully. This book will give more kids the courage they need to stand up against bullying or better yet to reach out to the bully to help him understand his motives.

I loved the suspense the author created as we slowly learned the facts about the asthma death. The story is rich with interesting scenes in school and on the soccer field. It was heartwarming to experience these believable characters as they learned valuable lessons through their experiences and were truly transformed."

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