Randolph middle school teacher Dale Baumwoll has written a second book: 'You Can Make A Difference, Maddie Morrison.' Baumwoll is a New Jersey History Teacher of the Year recipient.
Covers of Dale Baumwoll's
novels include the main character's name, Maddie Morrison.
...Baumwoll, a teacher, likes to impart themes on children, including taking control of their lives and overcoming obstacles.
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, an author and a social studies teacher at Randolph Middle School
, earlier this summer released her
second title, "You Can Make a Difference, Maddie Morrison" (Neal Morgan Publishing).
is a 12-year-old girl who is dealing with the struggles of adolescence and fitting in, and acceptance," Baumwoll
, 51, a township resident, said during an interview Monday.
"Most everything that happens to her
is the stuff that happens to middle school boys and girls," Baumwoll
said."And it shows how she
comes through it and becomes a very well-rounded person."Baumwoll
, a New Jersey History Teacher of the Year recipient who's worked in the district for 15 years, not only incorporates life lessons into her
122-page tome, but into the very subject she
2006 debut novel, "There's No Room for You, Maddie Morrison" was well received by children and even led to a few speaking engagements at other New Jersey schools.
...Dineen Seeley, the principal of the Livingston Avenue School in Cranford, said Baumwoll was the featured speaker for the school book club's culminating event last spring.
also spoke of the writing and editing process, something Seeley said was also a focus of the book club.
showed the 40 students a completed excerpt from the first book as well as an original copy so the children could see editors' suggestions and tips about how to rewrite.
said there are a few themes she
likes to impart to children, including taking control of their lives and overcoming obstacles.
The first book dealt with children fitting in with the popular crowd at school, and that while such groups might be appealing, there are several others for students who aren't accepted by them.She
hopes children will glean what it's like to be a good friend and also realize that school has relevance in their lives.
"It's (also) about realizing that your parents really do know what they're talking about when they give you advice," Baumwoll