Saving Arcadia book coverSaving Arcadia

A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes

Published by Wayne State University Press, 2017 (978-0814342046)

Saving Arcadia is a suspenseful and intimate land conservation adventure story set in the Great Lakes heartland. The story spans more than forty years, following the fate of a magnificent sand dune on Lake Michigan and the people who care about it. Author and narrator Heather Shumaker shares the remarkable untold stories behind protecting land and creating new nature preserves.

This is the story of a small band of determined townspeople and how far they went to save beloved land and endangered species from the grip of a powerful corporation. Saving Arcadia is a narrative with roots as deep as the trees the community is trying to save; something set in motion before the author was even born. And yet, Shumaker gives a human face to the changing nature of land conservation in the twenty-first century.

A David and Goliath conservation adventure story.

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Advance Praise

"Having visited these remarkable dunes, I'm all the more taken by the exciting story of their conservation. On a troubled planet, it is stories like this that provide deep and abiding hope. This is a lovely book." - Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

"Formidably and accessibly tackling a very complex story, this will appeal to people who love wild places and want to see them preserved." - Booklist (starred review)

"Heather Shumaker's love affair with Arcadia and the people of the region suffuses each page and produces a compelling story, often heart stopping and always heartwarming." -
Carl Levin, U.S. Senator (retired)

"Heather Shumaker brings a fresh new voice to the importance of conservation." - Helen Taylor, Michigan State Director, The Nature Conservancy

 

It's OK to Go Up the Slide book coverIt’s OK to Go Up
the Slide

Renegade Rules for Raising
Confident and Creative Kids

Published by Tarcher/ Penguin Random House, 2016 (978-0399172007)

It’s OK to Go Up the Slide questions standard wisdom in homes and schools and offers a brand-new set of renegade rules for children in the preschool and elementary school years (ages 2-10). Rules like:

  • It’s OK to Talk to Strangers
  • Ban Elementary Homework
  • Recess is a Right
  • Banish Calendars at Circle Time
  • It’s OK Not to Kiss Grandma
  • Don’t Force Participation
  • Princesses are Powerful

Delve into more hot-button issues, from technology and homework to risk and kindergarten. If you find you’re entertaining your children, patrolling their homework and longing to give them an authentic childhood with fewer pressures and daily conflicts, it’s time for you to go up the slide.

Sometimes being a good parent means breaking all the rules.

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It's OK to Go Up the Slide book coverIt's OK Not to Share…

And Other Renegade Rules for Raising
Competent and Compassionate Kids

Published by Tarcher/ Penguin, 2012 (978-1585429363).

Named one of the Best Parenting Books of 2012 by Parents magazine reviewer.

It’s OK Not to Share questions standard parenting adages and offers renegade rules for raising young kids (ages 2-6). Rules like:

  • Kids don’t have to say ‘Sorry’
  • Bombs, guns and bad guys allowed
  • Let your kid swear
  • ‘I hate you’ is nothing personal
  • Boys can wear tutus
  • Only punch your friends

Discover concrete skills to help your child prevent bullying, express big feelings appropriately, channel active energy, and much more. It’s OK Not to Share covers sharing, wild emotions, benefits of rough-and-tumble play, creativity, power and power conflicts, conflict mediation and topics like first friendships and social rejection among peers. It’s the lifeline you’ve been waiting for.

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Next Book…

Love reading to your kids? Heather's next project is a ghost story for children 8-12 years old.
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