Author and Reading Specialist at New York City Schools, Elaine Donadio is a New York City girl by birth and by choice. Her characters reflect the urban lifestyle. She writes about what she loves and spends hours researching facts so her books feed your head, your heart and your soul. She's concerned about the effects of human carelessness on the world in which we live.
Learning is the point but better viewed through the wondering eyes of a character whose experience communicates information and feelings as the world unfolds its secrets. You'll meander through facts, following a path that gently leads to what was previously unknown. Like a flower blooming in unhurried stages, you'll learn about our world in the context of personal experience.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York City but also lived on Long Island, NY. My writing is influenced by my students in the New York City schools in which I worked for many years. My characters are composites of my students and other young people with whom I've come in contact.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing my whole life for different purposes. I decided to write middle grade books three years ago, sat down and just did it.
New York City middle grade students grapple with self-esteem issues, the give-and- take of friendships, as well as family, social and school pressures and problems.
They experience change and growth in daily life and adventures in travel. These books can stand alone or be read sequentially.
The Science Project- Nestor & Phil in New York City.
The Ocean's Way- Holly & Jasmine in South Florida.
Who Do Voodoo?- Phil & Nestor in New Orleans.
Enjoy a day at the beach. Walk through sand, run through waves, hear sea birds calling to each other as sea creatures seek food and shelter in a wondrous, hidden ocean biome. 37 poems with photos.
This book can stand alone or act as a companion to "The Ocean's Way" which tells the story of eleven year old Holly's learning experience with marine life in Florida. Includes sample chapter, Glossary.
The original photos in this watercolor journey help tell the story in this unrhymed, poetic narrative which captures the stillness of the night and my delight in seeing unique creatures secure in their own world. Awestruck by the beauty of the rainforest, I behold what is hidden in plain sight. Guided through ambiguous paths and undefined sounds, I am made aware of my limits as a sentient being.
Twelve year old New York City boy, Phil Williams, struggles with conflicting messages when, entrusted by his grandmother in the role of "Icebreaker," he visits estranged family in New Orleans as he sets out to restore the family relationship and ends up rescuing his great-aunt from the grips of death at the hands of an unforeseen evil presence. Voodoo? Or scare tactics by mere mortals?
What begins as a light-hearted adventure ends as a commitment when eleven year old New York City girl Holly's passion for poetry leads her to study marine life in Florida. She participates in a heart-wrenching rescue of pilot whales. She grows and changes for the better. Holly now understands how the balance of nature insures the continuity of all species. For middle school readers ages 10-12.
Eleven year old New York City boy, Nestor usually is the one causing the problems, but ask him, and you'd get a different story. Nestor learns boundaries when he exhausts the patience of his friends and classmates with his incessant teasing until they exact a vengeful plan to reinstate the relationships with a new set of rules. This book is suggested for middle grade readers ages 10-12