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I have been blessed with the time to be able to write, while also having a job that allows me to be around school kids and spend a lot of time talking with them about what they are interested in and reading the books that they like as part of my work.
Since I also love to write books at the middle school level and higher, and my novels are fantasy novels that interest several kids in any class I am teaching, this has given me a lot of feedback and stimulated new story lines to develop.
I only hope both Duffy Barkley Novels bring other people some of the joy that they have already given to me.
I became a special Ed teacher, after being raised with a younger brother, who has down's syndrome. I also had been bullied a lot as a student myself and the experiences I have had as a teacher and family member of a special needs kid, and as a victim of bullies, are both a large part of the framework of these novels. But my Duffy, a boy who has Cerebral Palsy, and is bullied, is not handicapped or willing to be a victim. He won't accept the word, "No."
One of the most pleasurable parts of writing, Duffy Barkley is not a Dog was the interaction with my sons and nieces and nephews and students as I wrote and rewrote the book. I wrote it with the enthusiastic feedback from a lot of people and I want to make sure they know how grateful I am that they also, loved the boy who won't take "no" for an answer.
I am a creative, wonderful, wacky woman; teacher, writer, mom, wife and daughter. I love children, travel, camping and hiking and I am addicted to reading and writing. I am a storyteller and a friend. Many people in my family have been adopted and I work with special needs children. I have lived in a home with 12 parrots and two greyhounds and 2 cats. I have written stories and drawn pictures all my life in an attempt to preserve some of the beauty I have always been surrounded by. I love to look for the beauty in this world and having grown up by Yellowstone, lived in China and In Custer State Park, then in the Pacific Coast Redwoods, that has been easy.
10yo brings rifle to school, killing or wounding several children including Duffy's little sister. Grief stricken, Duffy has a psychotic break...Published on August 28, 2013 by spoonie
Ok guys....in case you haven't read it yet....read "Duffy Barkley Is Not A Dog! " Yes, I think it was billed for kids and I can see teens reading it, but it kept me entertained and... Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by Dee
bookshelves: own-kindle, own-pdf, will-never-finish, started-not-finished
Recommended to Lissa by: Dixie Goode
Read from March 21 to 24, 2012
Being this... Read more