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Recently Cheri Ascue, who operates Downs Horseplay and is a local Special Ed teacher in Fernley, NV, stopped GAP author Mary Jean Kelso to introduce her to one of the students.
They were excited because they had been using the Andy series in the classroom and Cheri wanted her student to meet “the author”.
Mary Jean had this to say, “Using the books for study has worked out well and the student was very excited to meet me. It was, above all, my pleasure. I am happy to see kids that the books are written to encourage actually enjoying them so much.”
Fernley Elementary School recently asked GAP author Mary Jean Kelso to participate in their celebration of Book Week. Mary Jean read Andy and the Albino Horse to approximately 200 very attentive second grade students.
The reaction of the students was one of awe and amazement. They were enthralled with the story and enjoyed that some of the illustrations artist K.C. Snider painted represented the area they live in.
The story and the pictures brought the Nevada wild mustang and Andy to life in a way they appreciated and hopefully will help them relate in a positive way to individuals and animals with handicaps.
Mary Jean Kelso is a multi-genre author. Besides RV Mouse, The Christmas Angel, and its sequel, One Family’s Christmas, and the Andy & the Albino Horse series (Andy and the Albion Horse, Andy and Spirit Go to the Fair, Andy and Spirit in the Big Rescue and Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen–with many more to come). The Adventures of Andy and Spirit and Cowboy James are scheduled for release soon. She is also the author of the young adult Lynne Garrett series:
Goodbye Is Forever, Abducted!, and Sierra Summer. Also Kat’s Cradle, Blue Coat, and The Homesteader series (The Homesteader, The Homesteader’s Legacy, Back to the Homestead and Life on the Homestead) and is working on the next–The Homesteader Chronicles–Annabel’s Story.
Mary Jean wrote for many newspapers and magazines and was an Asst. Editor prior to concentrating on fiction for children, young adults and adults. Mary Jean recently received awards from The Nevada Press Assn. and The National Press Assn. as a correspondent for The Lahontan Valley News.
GAP author, Janet Ann Collins, will be one of about fifty authors and illustrators at the Northern California Storybook and Literature Festival in Roseville, CA on Saturday, July 31. She’ll also be at the SCBWI table for a while.
The festival will be at the Maidu Library and Community Center, 1530 Maidu Drive, Roseville, CA from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free and hundreds of people are expected to come for the events and children’s activities. Collins will be reading a selection and signing copies of her book, The Peril of the Sinister Scientist.
You can visit Janet online at www.janetanncollins.com.
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