About the Author
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Michael J. Moorehead wrote The Student from Zombie Island when he was in the second grade at Waggoner Elementary School in Tempe, Arizona. It wasn't an assignment, but a rather a "thank you" gift for his teacher, Ms. Lujan (she's the teacher in the story, by the way).
A few years later, on summer break between fourth and fifth grades, Michael asked his mom how he might get his story published. He figured she knew the answer, because she was a newspaper and magazine writer and editor. She told him he should polish his story and submit it to several different publishers. He did as she suggested. Much to her amazement (not his, however, as he fully expected to be published), Little Five Star said they would publish his manuscript. He was 11 years old when he presented the first copy - hot off the press - to Ms. Lujan
Michael, now 17 and an Eagle Scout with Grand Canyon Council, Troop 697, is still in demand for school visits, where he discusses the importance of reading and writing, and the perils of spreading rumors. He enjoys hiking, playing video games and making oatmeal-raisin cookies. He says his favorite animal is the polar bear, and he hopes one day they will no longer be in danger from the melting polar ice caps. He is in his senior year at Corona del Sol High School, and hopes to become a chemical engineer so he can make a smaller, more efficient battery and to help the planet become a "greener" place to live.
Michael lives in Tempe, Ariz., with his parents, dog and two cats.
Articles by Michael Moorehead:
School Book Talks
Conquering the Rumor Monster
Know your kids' video games
Know Your Kids: From elementary to middle school
Kids Eye View: Over scheduling By Michael Moorehead
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Arizona Authors Association
Arizona Reading Association
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About the Publisher
Publisher Linda Radke's enduring passion is for children. With the introduction of Five Star Publication's new
imprint, Little Five Star, she will capitalize on her training in childhood education (she holds degrees in
Education, Special Education and Elementary Education) to support childhood literacy. Linda has 20-plus
years of publishing experience demonstrating her unwavering commitment to helping authors publish their
works, and has garnered numerous book awards along the way. Linda was recently named "Book Marketer of
the Year" by Book Publicists of Southern California.
Little Five Star's mission is to help authors create books that will help children understand the implications of
their life choices and help them become more tolerant and accepting of the differences in people.
Published by Little Five Star, a division of
Five Star Publications, Inc.
Published April 2007
$15.95 U.S. ($18.95 Canada), Hardcover, Fiction
Winner of the
2008 Reader Views
Annual Literary Award
for Best Children's Book
for Ages 7 and Older