DIANE OWENS manages the Orion Middle School Library where she gets to hang out with two of her favorite things: middle grade books and the people who read them. She also helps young writers at the school through her participation in the Writers’ Workshop class.
You can visit Diane online at allwritewithme.com. The author created this online writing community to assist and encourage young writers. The site includes tips, techniques, activities and group projects. Drop in to share your own writing and see what other kids are working on.
Teachers and parents can find educational companion materials for No Ordinary Lizard and Swept Up at allwritewithme.com. These reading and writing guides reinforce Common Core ELA Standards for grade levels 3-6. Teachers and parents can also connect with Diane and other users of the All Write with Me website at facebook.com/allwritewithme.
Diane lives in Orion, IL with her wonderful husband and son and misses living with her wonderful daughter who’s grown up and moved on.
Ruth Patterson's secret pet is smart enough to write her messages. But he's a lot of work. To keep her secret, she must take the blame for everything he does. To keep him safe, she'll have to solve the mystery of a glowing rock, decipher a Hawaiian legend, and unravel a string of lies - all before the lizard's dangerous enemy catches up with them.
One angry janitor with an unbelievable plan. 73 sixth-graders locked inside. An artificial town that’s becoming uncomfortably real. A popular girl who knows how to escape. Too bad no one feels like listening.