On Friday at lunch, students who love The Puppy Place and Kitty Corner series, gathered in the LMC to Skype with the author, Ellen Miles. She answered questions from students about her inspiration for the dog stories, her writing process, how long each book takes to write and edit, and introduced the students to her dog, Zipper. A special part of the conversation was when Brooke, Clare and Maddie spoke to Ms. Miles for the first time. Her book Chewy and Chica was their inspiration for learning about puppy mills and eventually helping to pass a new law in Illinois to prevent puppy mills. Ms. Miles told the girls she was going to dedicate her next book, Gus, to them because she was so pleased that her book was instrumental in their success. She told the students that, as an author, she always hopes to raise awareness of issues like puppy mills and other ways that people might harm animals, so it is thrilling when that awareness spurs students to action!
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.