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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Leanne Statland Ellis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction



Illinois Connection

Statland Ellis grew up in Lincolnwood, Illinois and teaches there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Leanne 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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Ugly One''''' -- *Junior Library Guild Selection Parent's Choice Award, Fiction Books

-- *2015 ILLINOIS READS Book