- AR Level3.8
- AR Quiz Number122297
- AR Quiz Points9
- AuthorMary E. Pearson
- Guided Reading LevelY
- Page Count288
- PublisherSquare Fish
- Year Published2009
- Grade Level7 - 12
- Type of BookFiction
- SubjectPersonal & social issues
General fiction (Children's/YA)
Science fiction (Children's/YA)
- Lexile Level570
I suppose I have always been enamored with story and character. My mother tells me I could be the most annoying little kid, waking up each day as a new character. Every morning she would have to ask me "who" I was for that day, because unless properly addressed I refused to answer anyone. One time when I was about four years old, my parents were out shopping at Sears. They each thought the other had me by the hand when in fact I was exploring my own aisle (translation: I was lost)! Two salesladies found me and sat me on the counter, asking me my name so they could page my parents. I remember their consternation when I would only answer "Little Red Riding Hood." They couldn't shake my real name out of me no how, no way. I knew the value of persistence even then. My parents say they nearly fell over, when over the loud speaker they heard, "Would the parents of Little Red Riding Hood please come claim their child?" They knew exactly "who" was lost. These days I mostly wake up as myself, though I do seem to hang out with a lot of "characters" during the day. Usually when people mention their education in their bios they only mention their college degrees, but to me, it is just as important what happened way before that. Wowsecond grade! I will never forget Mrs. Alsenz. Boy, could she tell a great story! She would make them up and pretty soon have a classroom of wiggly kids exuberantly telling stories right along with her. And then there was Mrs. Bonsey in fourth grade. She always praised my writing and made a shy little girl feel like she might actually excel at something. And finally in twelfth grade came Mr. Kirk, crusty on the outside with a heart of gold on the inside, who loved the English language and taught his students to do the same. (Hey, Mr. Kirk, do you see me waving at ya?) Later I went on to get a BFA in art from Long Beach State University. I worked for a time as an artist then started the most challenging job of my lifemotherhood. Holy smokes, no one tol
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