Ellen L. Buikema


Author, speaker, and former teacher, Ellen L. Buikema has written non-fiction for parents and a series of chapter books for children, The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon, with stories encouraging the development of empathy—sprinkling humor wherever possible. Her Work In Progress, The Hobo Code, is a YA historical fiction novel, loosely based on her family history. Find her at http://ellenbuikema.com, https://www.amazon.com/Ellen-L.-Buikema-M.Ed./e/B00THGTSA6, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, https://www.youtube.com/c/EllenLBuikema?gvnc=1 for Sock Puppet Tim videos, and https://www.itmattersradio.com for a podcast interview.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I am working on a Young Adult Historical Fiction novel, The Hobo Code.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I tend to exercise soon after waking but I don't always feel like it. On the days I don't want to get out of bed, I think about what might happen during the day that could be fun. Writing is always interesting. When writing fictional stories, as I do now, I never know what the characters are going to tell me. Their antics inspire me to get going with the day.
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Where to find Ellen L. Buikema online

Where to buy in print


Lost in the Museum
Charlie Chameleon loses his friend Gary Gecko in the museum during a school field trip. Frankie, his obnoxious pet fish, tries to help. Find out what happens in The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days. Narration by Ralph G. Buikema. The music of Sergey Cheremisnov, When You Leave, is licensed under an Attribution License.


The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: Summertime
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
The Chameleon' vacation is off to a bumpy start. Frankie, the family fish, causes trouble on the plane. Papa gets lost driving in the mountains looking for Mystery Lake, where Frankie is sure mermaids lurk. When they return home, Charlie's old friend,Tamika Turtle, visits him to attend a soccer game and meets his new friends. Charlie hopes his friends will accept her, never expecting what happens.
The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,770. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying
Charlie Chameleon and his friends are having trouble with Boris Bunny, the class bully. Charlie thinks Boris is putting on an act, but his friends disagree. Follow Charlie’s adventures as he helps Boris learn how to be a friend. Children and parents enjoy the activities at the end of each chapter.
The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: New Beginnings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / New Experience
Moving and making new friends is tough! When Charlie Chameleon and his family start their adventure in New Town, Charlie discovers he is braver than he knows. With his bossy pet fish, Frankie, by his side, he faces many challenges, including standing up to the neighborhood bully. Children and parents love the activities at the end of each chapter.
Parenting . . . A Work in Progress
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 51,680. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development, Nonfiction » Psychology » Developmental / general
Is it possible to raise well-adjusted children without losing your mind? Parenting . . . A Work in Progress offers insightful strategies and humorous stories to guide seasoned, as well as new parents of children, newborn to adolescent. Parenting has always been a trying job. Crypts found from the 11th century contain prayers from parents asking for help with their children. It’s the parents’ job t