Life on Surtsey Love

  It’s been an exciting few weeks for me and my new book. LIFE ON SURTSEY was reviewed favorably by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist (three stars! read the full reviews here!) and if that wasn’t thrilling enough, also named an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book, an SLJ Best Book (Nonfiction), and a Kirkus Reviews […]

Life on Surtsey Book Launch!

Please join me to celebrate the publication of my sixth book for children, Life on Surtsey, Iceland’s Upstart Island:  Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6-8pm Beaman Memorial Library 8 Newton Street West Boylston, MA Festivities will include a brief presentation, local refreshments, and all my books will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will […]

Life on Surtsey

My Research | Teacher Resources | Discussion Guide My Research In spring of 2014, my husband Gerry had the opportunity to visit Iceland, and since we would be celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary that summer, he invited me to join him. I was a little hesitant at first, mostly because going meant that we’d have […]

Life on Surtsey, Iceland’s Upstart Island

Summary | Honors | Reviews | Purchase An Autographed Copy Summary On November 14, 1963, something exceptional happened in Iceland–and that’s saying a lot. In a country where the average summer temperature is 50ºF and the sun only appears for a few hours each day during the winter, an event has to be pretty unusual […]

Media Mentions & Surtsey

Last week, The Nature Generation, an organization dedicated to inspiring stewardship and the force behind the Green Earth Book Awards, invited me to be a guest on their blog. I wrote about the year my kids and I discovered our place in this world, and I hope you’ll hop on over to give my piece, The Art of Looking, a read. […]

Coming Soon: Life on Surtsey

I’m thrilled to announce that my newest Scientists in the Field book will be released on November 14, 2017. Here’s a summary from the book’s flap copy: On November 14, 1963, something exceptional happened in Iceland–and that’s saying a lot. In a country where the average summer temperatures is 50ºF and the sun only appears for a […]


  Hello! Happy summer! I hope you’ve had yourself an adventure or two. As you can see in the video above, I’ve managed at least one* … I spent last week on the volcanic island of Surtsey, located off the southwestern coast of Iceland. This unusual place–and the men and women who study it–will be […]

Wachusett Meadow Friday Lecture Series

Loree will bring attendees to the island of Surtsey, in Iceland, where she spent a week shadowing the scientists featured in her newest book for young readers. Details here or by calling Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary at 978-464-2712.

Publication Day!

  Today is the fifty-fourth anniversary of the eruption of the undersea volcano that birthed the island of Surtsey. It’s also the day my book about this special place, and the scientists who have been studying it all this time, is officially available to the public. I’m pretty excited to share this book with all […]