Further learning inspired by my books


War of 1812 (inspired by Ghosts on the Soccer Field)

This was a war between British North America (now Ontario and Quebec, Canada) and the United States of America. It lasted until 1815 and ended in a stalemate.

Take a look at some PHOTOS from various re-enactments at Ontario's forts.



Ewing Sarcoma Cancer (inspired by Courage for Carly)

Carly, who inspired the book Courage for Carly was stricken with Ewing Sarcoma Cancer at the age of 12. Ewing sarcoma is an aggressive cancer which can affect bone or soft tissue. It is most commonly found in children, teens and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20, though it can occur at any age.

To read more stories of inspiration or to help fight this cancer - visit the Ewing Sarcoma Foundation of Canada



Iroquois tribe (inspired by Home Is Where the Family Is)

The Iroquois Indian tribe was actually a confederacy of six Native American nations.  It consisted of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.  They were a very powerful and prominent Indian tribe. The Iroquois lived in a type of dwelling known as a longhouse. Take a look at some PHOTOS from a Native village depiction at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons.



Niagara Falls, Canada (inspired by Ghosts on the Soccer Field)

As a teenager I went to Niagara Falls on an outing. We were a group of girls in Guiding, connecting with similar groups there. We slept in the gym of Battlefield Elementary which was a school built on the site of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane during the War of 1812. A cemetery bordered the school and being curious teens we investigated it and found monuments and graves dedicated to soldiers of the war.

Click to read more about the Battle of Lundy's Lane.


Clay art (inspired by Home Is Where the Family Is)

Barbara Reid is a picture book illustrator and author whose award winning artwork is created with plasticine. Here work was the inspiration for the illustrations in Home Is Where the Family Is.

Check out the creativity of Barbara Reid!


"the kids were so excited after you came that they asked if they could write books instead of go on their tech for free time on a Friday (unheard of!). Lol"

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