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Author & Educator

About Me

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Writer

*43 published books (& essays, articles, and reviews)
 *MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato
 *thesis called Secondhand
 *two YA novels in the works
 *lots of picture book manuscripts and my memoir    

   sitting patiently in my computer for my attention


**photo by JILLIAN RAYE PHOTOGRAPHY**

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Teacher

*almost 25 years, all ages from around the world

*currently an elementary Literacy Coach
 *English, but should be English the Crazy Language
 *English as a Second Language (ESL), 

but should be English as an Other Language
*M.Ed. in Second Languages and Cultures from the  

   University of Minnesota
*B.A. in English from Drake University in Des Moines

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Human

*favorite color: black -- it goes with everything
*favorite food: dessert and most culinary delights,   

 except spicy food and lobster (unless I want an ER visit) 

*favorite drink: hot tea with honey
*favorite place to travel: Switzerland, 

but I have a long bucket list

*favorite season: spring because summer comes next
*favorite music: hard rock (Halestorm, Seether, Sevendust, 

Starset, Papa Roach....), '80s rock, dance

*favorite people: my husband, girl/boy twins, mom, 

three brothers and their families

New Books from the Stem Scientists and Inventors SeRIES

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More from the Stem Scientists and Inventors SeRIES

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CHildren's military nonfiction

from the Women and War series

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from the Women and War series

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from the Special Ops Mission Timelines series

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from the Special Ops Mission Timelines series

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from the Special Ops Mission Timelines series

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from the Special Ops Mission Timelines series

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from the Military by the Numbers series

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from the Military by the Numbers series

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from the Military by the Numbers set

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This paperback has all four books

in one book. 

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Children's nonfiction

from Your Favorite Authors series

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from Your Favorite Authors series

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from Your Favorite Authors series

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from Your Favorite Authors series

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from the Wild Stunts series

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One of my most popular books; see my contact page to order through  me. 

from the You Get Paid for That? series

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from the Poetry Party series

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from the Poetry Party series

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from the Poetry Party series

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from the Poetry Party Series

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from the Rev Up Your Writing series

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from the Rev Up Your Writing series

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from the Understanding the Basics series

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from the Understanding the Basics series

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from the Natural Wonders of the World series

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from the Natural Wonders of the World series

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from the Great Tips on Writing series

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Published under my pseudonym Catherine Elisabeth Shipp. See my contact page to order through me.

from the Great Tips on Writing series

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Published under my pseudonym Catherine Elisabeth Shipp. See my contact page to order through me.

from the Long Ago and Today set

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from the Ancient Greece set

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from the Ancient Greece set

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MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS

a "Choose Your Path" book

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Ever since your mom died, you've been homeless. But when your uncle finds you, he asks you to move in; you're not sure what to do. Would having a home mean returning to football, 

a sport you love?

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a "Choose Your Path" book

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You love soccer. It's hard to focus, though, because your dad wants you to follow in his footsteps and run the family business. You want to be a writer.
How can you help your dad but still write?

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a "Choose Your Path" book

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You live for baseball. But you and your brothers
are with a foster family, and a new kid moves to town
who plays the same position you do.
Will the team even need you?

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a "Choose Your Path" Book

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You've played hockey as a goalie practically all your life. 

But now that the girls' team is gone, 

your twin sister is your competition.
How can you keep your position on the team?

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Adult Nonfiction

the history book of the Faribault Woolen Mill

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Carl Klemer started carding wool in 1865. Blankets came next. Today, blankets are still made in Faribault at this iconic mill on the bank of the Cannon River.  

This book features rare photographs and vibrant color photographs of 

both historical and current artifacts.

Photographs by Jillian Raye

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