"My students and I fell in love with Saltwater Taffy right from the start. What a great adventure story!"
2010 Arizona Teacher of the Year
"Saltwater Taffy is a riveting tale of adventure, friendship and buried treasure. Where was this book when I was a kid?"
2010 Georgia Teacher of the Year
"Saltwater Taffy is a pure joy to read and explore. It feels like a field trip to Treasure Island with the Goonies. It's a great inspirational adventure for young minds and those still young at heart."
Keil E. Hileman
2008 U.S. Department of Education Teacher and Ambassador Fellow
2004 Kansas Teacher of the Year
2004 National Teacher of the Year Finalist
"A perfect read for the summer. A wonderful, fun-filled adventure for all ages!"
Sharon F. Andrews
2006-2007 PTA Life Achievement Award
2008 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
"A wonderful book for reluctant readers--pirates, treasure maps, and a coming of age story that perfectly captures the heroic struggles of adolescence. What's not to love?"
2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year
2007 National Teacher of the Year, Finalist
"Friendships, bad guys, and pirate treasure - what more could a young reader want! Readers will enjoy Saltwater Taffy so much, they won't even realize they are learning some great life lessons."
Editor, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
"Saltwater Taffy is more than a great read. Saltwater Taffy is SAWEET."
President, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica
From the Author
As young children, our lives are filled with many amazing dreams of tomorrow. We believe we can accomplish anything and that nothing is out of reach. Because of our age, we aren't yet worried about what other people think of us and we have the organic ability to listen to our heart's desire. Then...something happens...we begin to grow up.
Faced with the peer pressure and the overwhelming drive of fitting in, we withdraw from our dreams and develop the dysfunctional habit of playing small. As a result, we no longer raise our hand in class and we shy away from anything that might make us appear vulnerable to our peers.
Over time, our self-worth is suddenly based on how many friends we have on Facebook
, what label of clothing we wear, or how popular we are at school. Saddled with our dysfunctional habit of playing small, we begin to change our character and before we know it, we lose sight of our dreams.
If a dysfunctional mental habit like this has the ability to derail a child's future potential, is it possible for us to alter their direction by enhancing their entertainment experience?
Like a compass guiding an explorer, Saltwater Taffy
was created to not only entertain our children, but to help guide them towards their inner voice of confidence and strengthen their natural impulse for love. The more a child is able to develop this inner 'heart compass' habit, the more likely they grow up to become confident young men and women.