Acclaim for Shirley's first book...

"Definitely one of the most engaging pieces of evidence out there."

--- Andrew Curry, International journalist and contributing editor at Archaeology magazine                            

"A great big thank you. I really appreciate you coming to our school and presenting your wonderful book."

---- Kathy Thomas, Librarian, Good Shepherd Catholic School, Santa Cruz, CA

"The story is remarkable and fascinating, and a wondrous gift to students everywhere."
---- Jody Williams, Librarian - Hosack Elementary, Allison Park, PA

"This [book] will definitely get children interested in archaeology."
---- Joyce Rodnicki - Houston, TX

"You have done current generations such a favour in producing an historic portfolio - and given us a tale to ponder of when creatures roamed lands all those years ago."

---- Rita Dibbs - Sydney, Australia

"Thank you so much for your presentations yesterday. It seemed like the kids had lots of questions! I think they got a lot out of it."

---- Libby Rettner, Library Media Specialist - River Glen School, San Jose, CA

First Book

Contact Shirley for information about how to purchase her book.

This picture book for children of all ages is the story of the early discovery days. 

Shirley had firsthand experience during the excavation. Her beautiful collection
 of high-resolution digital images with captions and educational sidebars will delight all readers and future archaeologists. 

After more than three decades, the mystery of the Manis site has been solved. 

Read why the world's archaeologists are all abuzz.

Other writing in progress

Deadman's Pocket

Elliot Wermann blames himself for the death of a friend and vows never to return to the swimming hole. When the town bully, Duke, announces tryouts for his River Boys Club at the dangerous playground, Elliot must overcome his fear of returning. Then his orchestra rehearsal and the tryouts end up on the same Saturday.  Elliot cooks up a plan, which surprises his music teacher and himself.


Lauren Mallotty, CEO of her father's successful high-tech company, is betrayed
and at risk of a hostile takeover. Resourceful as she's been all her life, Lauren finds
this attack may be more than she can handle.