Individual Author Record
Name: Leanne Statland EllisPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionStatland Ellis grew up in Lincolnwood, Illinois and teaches there today.
Biographical and Professional InformationLeanne Statland Ellis loves to travel. She has taught in Los Angeles and now teaches third, fourth and fifth grade students in the Chicago area. As a teacher, she has encountered countless students who care deeply about the environment and want to take action to help in any way they can. She wrote ''Tree Huggers'' to remind children everywhere that they are powerful people who should never be told that they can’t make a difference because they are “just kids”.Among her most exciting teaching assignments were the summer science programs in Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands, Alaska and Midway Island. She has also been the recipient of Earthwatch grants to study in India and Kenya.She was inspired to write ''The Ugly One'' by her travels in Peru, including two visits to Machu Picchu. It is a story about a young girl in Peru whose life changes when a stranger visiting her Incan village gives her a baby macaw.
''Tree Huggers '', Royal Fireworks Publishing, 2010''The Ugly One'', Clarion, 2013