FICTION: SHERI OCHS started writing children’s books when she was just a child herself, beginning with a whole series of (yet unpublished) short stories that she wrote and illustrated at the age of nine. Although she has made a name for herself writing and publishing eight nonfiction books to date about health, fitness, and diabetes—under her professional name of Dr. Sheri Colberg (www.shericolberg.com)—she still prefers to read fiction of all genres in her leisure time and write fiction in her "spare" time.
The Sandy Beach series is her first work of published fiction, written for youth (and adults) of all ages. She has also written two adult novels (to date) that will be published shortly.
A mother of three, she currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and sons, but plans to move the whole family back to California (where she spent most of her formative years and where she most loves to live) in the near future.
NONFICTION: Publishing nonfiction using her professional name, SHERI COLBERG is an exercise physiologist and professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. Living a long time with type 1 diabetes herself, she specializes in diabetes and exercise, conducting extensive clinical research in diabetes and exercise with funding from the American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health, and others. She has also authored more than 250 articles on exercise and diabetes, as well as more than a dozen other books.
A frequent lecturer on diabetes and physical activity, Dr. Colberg is also a funded diabetes researcher, a reviewer for many scientific journals, a member of several diabetes advisory boards, an exercise adviser for dLife, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and an active professional member of the American Diabetes Association and its Prevention Committee.
Dr. Colberg currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with her husband and their three boys, who have given her more than a decade’s worth of practical parenting experience. An avid recreational exerciser, she enjoys swimming, biking, walking, fitness machines, tennis, racquetball, weight training, hiking, and yard work, as well as playing with her three active sons. Visit Dr. Colberg’s Web site at www.SheriColberg.com.
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Diabetes-Free Kids addresses the burgeoning epidemic of type 2 diabetes among youth by setting out an easy plan parents can use to try to prevent the illness and to better manage it. A wealth of practical information in the book helps parents get their children to safely and effectively lose weight and lower their blood glucose levels—and possibly even reverse diabetes for good.
Sandy Beach and the Slippery Slope
This vacation adventure takes teenaged Sandy and Forrest to a ski resort in S. Lake Tahoe, where Sandy investigates a woman’s near-fatal skiing accident. After wiping out not long after in the same spot, Sandy finds a key in the snow that suggests the "accident" was far from one. From a trail of clues, she finally identifies the guilty parties, but will she survive their wrath to see justice done?
Sandy Beach and the Mysterious Book
Thirteen-year-old Sandy's attempts to understand two strangers’ lies about a mysterious book lead her headlong into the doghouse (literally). Her amateur sleuthing exposes their connection to an international dog smuggling ring. With the help of her best friend, Forrest, she saves all the pedigreed dogs in Rosa Beach from dognapping, but can she save herself when the two men finally snatch her?