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Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Biography

Natalie Dias Lorenzi

From Natalie's website:

I’ve been a reader most of my life, and have dreamed of being a writer ever since my 4th grade teacher treated me like one.

 
The steps along my path to published writer have been many; teacher, traveler, wife and mother. Some highlights:
 
~ I have been teaching elementary school for 19 years in the U.S., Italy and Japan. I’ve taught Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades as a classroom teacher and worked with grades 1 to 6 as an ESL specialist.   I’m currently a full-time school librarian in Fairfax County, Virginia.
 
2. Aside from living overseas, I’ve been lucky enough to travel from the glaciers of Juneau, Alaska to the Eifel Tower in Paris to the temples of Kyoto, Japan. I’ve ridden at breakneck speed in a taxi at sundown on the last day of Ramadan in Cairo, walked along the Great Wall of China, and argued with an Indonesian policeman who stopped us for running a green light in Ubud, Bali. I remain an incurable traveler.
 
Over the course of my career, I have also been a freelance writer and written Teachers Guides for many children’s books. I also write children’s book reviews at Biblio Links.
 
As an author, I am represented by Erin Murphy at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Books by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

by Natalie Dias Lorenzi - Children's 9-12, Family Life, Sports

Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to see him play. But playing baseball means navigating relationships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team --- the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with.

by Natalie Dias Lorenzi - Youth Fiction

American-born Skye is a good student and a star soccer player who never really gives any thought to the fact that her father is Japanese. Her cousin, Hiroshi, lives in Japan, and never really gives a thought to his uncle’s family living in the U.S. Their lives are thrown together when Hiroshi’s family, with his grandfather (who is also his best friend), have to move to the U.S. suddenly. Skye resents that she is now "not Japanese enough," and yet the friends she’s known forever abruptly realize she is "other." Hiroshi has a hard time adjusting to life in a new culture, and resents Skye’s intrusions on his time with Grandfather. Through all of this is woven Hiroshi’s expertise, and Skye’s growing interest in, kite making and competitive kite flying, culminating in a contest at the annual Washington Cherry Blossom Festival.