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About the Author
Kathie Campbell Greer is a bookend Texan--born there, retired there. In between, she lived on an Arkansas farm and a house overlooking Monterey Bay.
She was four-years-old when paralytic polio struck. She recovered and learned to walk again, but her right leg was robbed of strength. Books became the friends who never had to wait for her to catch up. They were companions and comforters. By the time she was entering high school in Amarillo, extensive surgeries and long term physical therapy had made her legs as "normal" as possible. She began making up for lost time, engaging in every sport and physical activity possible.
But words and books never lost their importance. She has written everything from poems, stories, and simple plays to opinion pieces, investigative stories, and an award-winning column in the Amarillo Daily News. Freelance writing projects helped finance her education.
Never one to shun an opportunity for adventure, Kathie traveled all across the United States and into Canada as a professional truck driver. When her father raised objections about wasting her education driving a truck, she smiled and told him she was doing research for a book.
Kathie never wanted her physical challenge to be an excuse for what she couldn't do. She played basketball and baseball As an adult, she played, coached, and umpired competitive softball . She also coached kids' track and softball teams. Other adventurous activities included snow skiing, riding and showing her Quarter Horse mare, whitewater rafting, hot- air ballooning, riding motorcycles, archery and snowmobiling.
After earning a master's degree in counseling, Kathie worked with victims of domestic abuse. She also did research and presentations to the Texas Counseling Association that focused on grandparents as custodial caretakers.
Officially retired, Kathie stays busy watching grandsons play baseball and football. She continues to enjoy camping and fishing with her family and travels wherever and whenever she can.
In Sliding for Home, Benjamin "Bird" Dunavin loves few things more than baseball, but his mother hates the game and calls it a killer. Bird has to find out why as he faces big changes and fights to keep playing.
Sliding for Home is written for readers in fourth through seventh grade.