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CHASING AT THE SURFACE has been selected as one of 2016’s Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12. The list is compiled yearly by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Children’s Book Council and represents the best science trade books in an effort to help science educators access quality books that support student learning in science education. The list will appear in the March 2017 issue of NSTA’s elementary, middle and high school journals for teachers.
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CHASING AT THE SURFACE wins the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award in the Children’s category. NOBA Chair Ron Watters describes the novel as having two main themes. “One about family and a long-held secret by Marisa’s mother. The other theme is the understanding Marisa develops about the delicate balance faced by marine mammals. The combination of the two keep the story flowing to a climactic end.” ~National Outdoor Book Award
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“As the orcas’ lives become increasingly imperiled, Marisa unleashes her imagination, her compassion, and her courage . . . Moments close to the orcas are breathtakingly described, accentuating the thrill as the whales breach, sound, and vocalize. Basing her story on actual events, the author has created a poignant novel that vividly celebrates the interconnected nature of all living creatures. Like the eerily beautiful voices of the orcas in the ocean, this book will haunt readers.” ~Kirkus Reviews
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CHASING AT THE SURFACE to be published by Westwards Press in October 2016.


BREATHE TO BOTH SIDES wins 1st Place in the 2015 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest for Middle Grade Fiction.


“B in the World” reaches 55 libraries in the U.S. and counting!

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