The author, “Mr. Dave,” holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education. He currently teaches “special needs” children within the public school system in the Antelope Valley region of Southern California. He is a member of the National Educator’s Assn., California Teacher’s Assn., and is a former member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Mr. Dave has won several awards for his rhyming children’s stories, poems, and in song lyric writing. He states, “Most of my literary endeavors have been inspired by my students’ lives.” The Antelope Valley Literacy Coalition awarded the manuscript for “Pork Chop” 2nd place for adult-authored fiction and was chosen first in the category of adult-authored children’s fiction in 2006. Readers Favorite.com online book contest awarded Pork Chop the 2010 Bronze Award (3rd place) in the genre of Fiction-Action/Adventure as well as a finalist in the genre of Children-Preteen. The author was happily married to Patty, the wonderful woman who illustrated "Pork Chop" as well as took photos for the poetry book, "Paths".
Patty tragically lost her battle with cancer on Feb. 9, 2012 and these books, available for purchase through this site, are dedicated to her ever-lasting memory. The author is a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1971.
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