...it is an amazing book...Whenever I start reading it I don't want to put it down. -- Shea, grade 9 student
...it is so uplifting and empowering. I will be purchasing it for many people in my life... Thank You! -- Debra - EMF Practioner, Edmonton AB
I really fell in love with the characters. I really couldn't put it down and finished in one afternoon!!! -- Diane - Teacher, Spring Valley, Florida
I shall put it out in our Library as a 'recommended reading' this fall. -- Helen - Teacher, Vancouver, BC
I've already found myself relating to Elise...and your advice really helps so I would like to thank you. -- Brooke, grade 9 student
About the Author
It was never my plan to become a writer. Becoming a teacher, however, was set in my mind as of grade one.
I taught Junior High for ten years, and during that time, I came to see what magnificent human beings teenagers are! During my third year of teaching, I had such a special relationship with my grade nines that I decided to write stories for them to let them know how much the things they did meant to me. That was the beginning of my writing career.
Weekly, from April till the end of June, I wrote stories for my grade nines. At first the stories reflected things my students did that really touched my heart, but over time, I began responding in my stories to problems I saw my students going through. My stories became a means through which I could indirectly help my students.
At the end of the year when I asked my students how many of them wanted copies of what I had dubbed my love stories, I was surprised to see that ninety-five percent of them did! That made me realize that my stories could perhaps help all teenagers if I presented them in the form of a book.
With the help of one of my former students, I created a narration around the love stories I had written. The result was my first book, originally entitled Madames Book of Love Stories.
The following year, several girls in my new grade nine class began writing me letters to get advice on personal issues. Word spread that I gave helpful response letters so from that year forward, I had many students, both boys and girls, writing to me. Once again I saw a need for a book, this time with more in-depth information. Beyond What You See was born.
After trying unsuccessfully to get Beyond What You See published, I finally decided to do it myself. It is now getting glowing responses, which makes me most grateful! Soon I will republish my first book under the title Tip of the Iceberg and reprint its accompanying Activity Guide. Then it will be time for my third book, tentatively entitled The Ultimate Friendship.
In the meantime, I have resigned from my position as teacher in the public school system, but I am continuing my work in education by pioneering a Sudbury Valley School in Edmonton. I want todays youth to have access to a more natural education. To contact me, feel free to write to email@example.com
~ Nicolette Groeneveld ~