Lock Haven University alumna, Tina (Marshall) Bickel, released her first children's chapter book, "Welcome Home, Diesel! The Adventure Begins," on April 11.
Starring her two family Olde English Bulldogges, "Welcome Home, Diesel!" shares the story of Chester, who was used to being the only pet in his home for almost a year. Upon receiving the news that his family would soon be welcoming a new puppy into their home, Chester was less than thrilled. The adventures unravel in each chapter, as Chester learns to adapt to adding Diesel to the family.
"Friends and family have been telling me to write a book about Chester and Diesel for years," Bickel said. "It was finally time to bring this dream to life, and what better way than to create it as a series, so I can continue adding more adventures to the collection over time."
Bickel, of Morrisdale, graduated from Lock Haven University in 2004 with degrees in elementary and special education. She immediately began teaching following graduation, and is now in her 18th year, still declaring it her dream job. She is employed by the West Branch Area School District in Morrisdale.
"Reading and writing have always been passions of mine, but Lock Haven University really sparked those interests," Bickel said. "One of my favorite courses, children's literature, allowed me to discover the thrill of watching students become absorbed in a story during read aloud time. Since then, it's always been my favorite part of my work day as a teacher."
When not converting her Bulldogges' mischief and adventures into children's books, Bickel enjoys spending time with her husband and family, camping, gardening and anything involving sports and fitness.
"Welcome Home, Diesel! The Adventure Begins" is the first book of the children's chapter book series, "Partners in Crime: The Adventures of Chester and Diesel" and is available on Amazon, in both Kindle and paperback formats.
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