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YA Eco Mysteries, Memoirs, Novels & Travel

Middle School Environmental Fiction

Teachers for Earth Day 

Amazing Science Stories and Books with Environmental Themes:
Throughout Alabama inspired and determined environmentalists are finding ways to conserve our precious natural resources. When I began my eco mystery series, The Adventures of The Sizzling Six, I did not fully anticipate the number of dedicated environmentalist I would meet along the way. What an inspiration it has been to see environmental educators like Traci Ingleright, Kay Stone and Kimberely Murray teaching students to appreciate and understand nature. And what a privilege and an education to see biologist and conservationists like Ken Marion, Thane Wibbles, Mark Bailey, John Trent, Eric Soehren, and Eric Spadgenske, Michele Reynolds, Arnold Rutkis and April Waltz Lapidus actively working to save species. Read More...

Saving Diamondback Terrapin Turtles

Eco Mystery of the Diamondback Terrapin Turtle

On a surprisingly cool morning in August, far from the lab on the UAB campus in the heart of downtown Birmingham, where they were hatched, we gently release diamondback terrapin turtles into the open marshes around Cedar Point near Dauphin Island. As if sensing that this watery, wild place is their ancestral home, the terrapins begin to explore their new habitat. Swimming between tall marsh grasses, they reach a mud island where they can begin to acclimate to life in the wild. Read More...

Alabama Green Ribbon Schools

Alabama Green Ribbon Schools

What a pleasure and an honor to be invited to the Green Ribbon Schools Award ceremony sponsored by the Alabama State Department of Education! As the awards were presented it was so heartwarming and heartening to learn how conservation organizations, schools, and teachers, working together, can make our communities healthier and more beautiful for all. Three schools and one school district won the Alabama Green Ribbon Schools Award. 
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Writing Eco Mysteries 7

Visit to Nature Centers and School

To put together the story,
Return of The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker we visited: The Wehle Nature Center, Gwin Elementary School and Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. How will these experiences inform my story? Read More...

Writing Eco Mysteries Blog 6

Banding The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker 6

Just a few years ago, the trend for red-cockaded woodpeckers (RCWs) on private land in Alabama was toward extinction.
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Middle School Environmental Fiction

ENVIRONMENTAL FICTION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL READERS

In the not-too-distant future, the children in our neighborhoods and schools will have joined the workforce. Some will find themselves working for corporations, sitting behind desks, standing on podiums, running for office, in positions of influence, making decisions that will, for better or worse, affect the ecological health of our very planet. My mission in writing the ecological mystery series, The Adventures of The Sizzling Six, is to nurture the seeds of environmental responsibility, giving today’s kids an abiding appreciation for nature and an intelligent understanding of ecological principles and issues 
before the future arrives. Read More...

Enhanced eBooks Wow Students

Fifth grade students at South Hampton Elementary, Birmingham, Alabama, were wowed by demonstration of an Enhanced ebook. After the demo, the students couldn’t wait to read their singed copy of The Adventures of The Sizzling Six: The Living Treasure, the third book in the eco mystery series for middle school readers. What did the students find so compelling about the enhanced eBook? First, they enjoy and are completely comfortable with devices such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Second they were captivated by the way in which the video clips bring the story they are reading to life. Read More...

Enhanced eBooks Expand Reading

HOW WILL READERS BENEFIT? Enhanced books enrich and expand the wonder and pleasure of the reading experience with fascinating and insightful videos:

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7 Billionth Baby Born on Planet Earth

On Oct 31, 2011 the 7 billionth baby was born on our planet Earth. More that ever we need to conserve Earth’s natural resources. Read More...

School Ecology Clubs Leading the Way!

It was our privilege to meet with the teachers and students at a local Middle School Ecology Club to present the newest book in our YA Eco Mystery Series, The Adventures of The Sizzling Six: The Living Treasure. Read More...

How to Use QR Codes in Books

Fifth grade students at a local school got a sneak preview of our innovation, Enhanced Print Books. They responded with great enthusiasm to our questions and demonstrati Read More...

Witnessing an Aquatic Species Being Saved From Extinction!

It was absolutely thrilling to be standing on the banks of Bear Creek in Colbert County, to witness, with our own eyes, a new population of mussels (Lampsilis virescens), being saved from extinction. This is good news for an Alabama and our planet! Read More...

Rare Species Saved from Extinction

Saving One of the Rarest species in the United States
Boris and I are absolutely thrilled about an upcoming trip to shoot video footage of biologists reintroducing the endangered Lampmussel (Lampsilis virescens) into Bear Creek, a tributary of the Tennessee River, to save the species from extinction. We plan to use these videos in our Enhanced Print Book, The Adventures of The Sizzling Six: The Living Treasure, young adult eco mystery series. Over 1,000 cultured mussels, raised at the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center, will be released on October 6, 2011 and we will be there to record it. “We’re excited to be part of saving what is truly one of the rarest species in the United States,” said Dr. Paul Johnson, Program Supervisor.  Stay posted for more about our adventure and a sneak preview of the  actual videos in about ten days!

Enviornmental Fiction Encourage Teens To Read More

QR CODE ENHANCED BOOKS/QR RAVE BOOKS (QR Reading And Video Enterainment-trademark pending)
If statistics are to be believed, Mobile phones are becoming so ubiquitous that only 9% of American teens would be willing to go without their cell phones for 24 hours and the average child spends an hour and a half texting each day. So can we boost teen reading with mobile devices? We certainly think they can!
We’ve harnessed the power of mobile devices to integrate our printed books with video clips to “magically” transport the readers from the words on the printed page to let readers see and hear what the characters in the story are seeing and hearing. HOW?? Just watch the two-minute video on HOME page.
And please help to distribute these books FREE to schools, libraries and organizations of your choice. In addition you will receive great rewards. HOW?

QR Codes Bring Enhanced Print Books to Life 

Innovation is Alive and Well in America!  Read More...

Cahaba Lily Mystery

Cahaba Lily Mystery
The Cahaba Lily Festival, hosted by the town of West Blocton for the past 22 years, celebrates the rare lily protected by federal law within the Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge. Read More...

YA Eco Mysteries Earth Day

Come join the fun events in celebration of Earth Day at the Botanical Gardens, the Zoo and Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama.
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Top 5 Eco Mysteries

The environmental movement may not yet have changed the world, but it has created a niche for kids, tweens and young adult Eco Mysteries. Here are my favorite eco mystery writers: Read More...

Hiking Photographing

Greenway Walking Trail, Dunnavant Valley, Shelby Count, Alabama Read More...

Natural Resources Inspire Kids

This blog provides you with a variety of resources to inspire young people to appreciate nature and become wise stewards of our natural environment, including:
* Local and state organizations that offer entertaining and educational activities and field trips
* Books, fiction and non fiction, that educate and inspire kids to improve their natural environment
* Links that connect educators and young people to organizations promoting nature conservation
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Kids Hike Through The Woods

I thoroughly enjoyed leading a gaggle of eager kids on a nature hike through the woods at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, on a sunny fall morning. Read More...