Selected Works

Science, Nature, Intermediate school readers
They live in the most extreme places on earth. How do they survive?
Memoirs and Biographies
An inspirational memoir of the highest ranking woman in the martial art of Kuk Sool Won. (teens and up)
Science, Medicine, Health
Learn the possible causes of autism and Asperger Syndrome, new treatments and diagnostic tools, and more in this insightful overview. (teens and up)
Science, Intermediate school readers
Pinguins puke (their chicks love it!), chameleons have a super tongue, alligators have good "feelings," a master of disguise, and how to catch a rainbow! Five fascinating animal secrets and how scientists uncovered them.
What is the secret of the sleepless whales?Join the scientists and their animal partners in a amazing adventure that will reveal the secrets of these amazing aquatic mammals! Find out... (middle-school and up)
It doesn't look cool and it doesn't feel pleasant, but it rules everything you do. The brain is the most intriguing and still mysterious organ in the body. Follow fellow classmate Mark through a regular day and see how his brain makes it possible for him to learn, feel pain, get stressed, and have fun. (middle school and up)
The fascinating life of the 19th Century British doctor who discovered the first safe vaccine against smallpox, the most deadly disease of his time.
Periodicals: Fiction
A short fictional story of a young girl who does not want to dive. Inspired in "The Iron Butterfly."
Periodicals: Nonfiction
The story of how 19th century Spanish orphans carried a life-saving vaccine in their bodies to America.
Periodicals: Nonfiction
“I found it cool that lion’s health can be determined by its looks.”
--Keegan, age 12

Ana's nonfiction blog is about science, nature, cultures, and inspiring people.

Visiting Hoffman Academy, Houston

October 30, 2009

Ms. Dwana Callaway met me at the Texas Library Association (TLA) conference in Houston in 2009 and from that meeting a wonderful school visit was born. Ms. Callaway is the librarian at Hoffman Academy and she makes sure the library plays an active part in the education of her students. When she talked to me, she was clear that she wanted my talks to directly relate to the curriculum of students in grades 6, 7, and 8, especially to the topic of how to do research and write a composition. That's what they were working on at the moment. Gladly, I prepared a presentation about how I do research to write my articles and books. It seems that's exactly what Ms. Callaway and the teachers had in mind. They asked me for my notes and I was happy to share them. Thank you Hoffman Academy, and Ms. Callaway in particular, for a wonderful experience with your students!