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      I grew up in a small town in Ohio just a couple of  blocks from Lake Erie.  The only way to reach the public library, one of my favorite places, was through a dark, damp tunnel that ran underneath the main road.  I went there all the time and probably read almost every book they had. That should have been a clue that I would grow up to become a librarian.
     Being a librarian was one of the best jobs in the world. It taught me how important it is to help kids become good readers. Most of the books I write for children have elements that strengthen reading skills.

       I have dreamed of becoming  a published writer since I was very young and feel blessed to have had that dream come true.


I was a goofy, nerdy kid.

Now, I'm a goofy, nerdy grownup. 

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