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






They live in the most extreme places on earth.



The outstanding life of the only woman holding the highest rank in the Korean martial art of Kuk Sool Won.
Her humble beginnings in a small Korean island.
The fascinating story of her mother, a "mermaid" or sea woman.
Her intense training and real-life confrontations in a male-dominated world.
Her triumph achieving independence.
An amazing story that will inspire you to reach your wildest dreams.

Every year, one out of 88 children in the United States (as data published in 2012 indicates)---and six out of every 1,000 young people worldwide---is diagnosed with autism. Autism spectrum disorders disturb the development of the mind. They cause a wide variety of communication problems, social difficulties, and repetitive or obsessive behaviors. At one end of the spectrum, someone with mild Asperger Syndrome might have unusual habits and problems holding conversations.At the other end of the spectrum, someone affected by severe autism might feel totally isolated from the world.




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 what killer whale Kasatka and her calf Nakai "do not do" to survive the first weeks after the baby is born. Or how Popolo the dolphin is able to dive for long periods of time. And how Henry the harbor seal has shown scientists why murky, dark waters are nor a problem for him when it is time to find a meal. Enslow Publishers, 2008

ISBN: 978-0-7660-2956-9

BEST BOOKS LIST 2007 AWARD, Science Books & Films

The brain rules! It is true. It is soft and wet, it is the size of a grape fruit and as heavy as 3 middle-size water bottles. And still this unappealing organ of the human body controls everybody's actions, thoughts, and feelings. How does it do it? Follow 12 year-old Mark through a regular school day and find out. There is even more. Discover 10 myths about the brain most people take for facts and learn more about your own brain with fun and easy activities. Are you left handed or right handed? You know that, right. But are you left footed or right footed? A Day in the Life of the Brain will show you how to find out this and more. Chelsea House Publishers, 2007

ISBN: 0-7910-8947-9

Named one of the BEST BOOKS LIST 2006 by Science Books and Films

Edward Jenner provided humanity with one of the greatest contributions any person could give to others: a vaccine or a safe way to prevent a disease that killed about 1 in every 4 people affected. Smallpox was feared especially by kids who were the most common fatalities. Jenner's vaccine was used around the world and even erradicated or eliminated the disease completely many years after Jenner's discovery. Jenner also made other intriguing discoveries about hedgehogs and the cockoo bird that revealed for the first time fascinating secrets about these curious animals. Enslow Publishers, 2006

ISBN: 0-7660-2504-7

FIRES NATURAL DISASTERS, LUCENT BOOKS, 2003 (for Intermediate School readers) (ISBN: 1-59018-133-6)

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Periodicals/​Nonfiction Articles

The Kids Who Fought Smallpox
Highlights for Children, May 2000
Awarded the Highlights for Children History Feature of the Year Award 2000.
“A novel angle that Mariana took--focusing on one of the vaccine’s earliest and most dramatic deployments--created an excellent doorway to take our readers into this subject.”
--Andy Boyles, Science Editor Highlights for Children

Colour Is the “Mane” Thing
Yes Mag: Canada’s Science Magazine for Kids, Jan./Feb. 2003
Ever wondered if a lion’s mane has other purpose besides making the King of the Beasts look good? Well, it does! Scientists have discovered that the lion’s mane portrays a message about the beast’s well being.