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Dana Lurie

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Dana Lurie brings to her school and organization author visits her experience as a professional dancer and fitness instructor which have added to her impact as a motivational speaker. Her main focus at this time is to prevent bullying and she uses her Tomgirlz chapter book series to support the message mostly by focusing on what bullying is NOT. Words like respect, leadership and what makes a good leader, friendship, competition and being gifted are all explored to point children in a more positive direction.  The book ABBEY’S TURN does demonstrate specifically the issues of bullying and teasing, how the victims, bystanders and even how the bullies are affected, but still focuses mainly on the positive attributes of respect, empathy, and friendship. Every Tomgirlz chapter book is engaging and full of funny anecdotes for readers while demonstrating important life skill and character building messages.

A typical 50 minute presentation for grades 2-5 may include a reading from one of the chapter books, a salsa dance lesson which demonstrates teamwork (She likes to interact with her audience and make them active participants), and a discussion about how to be everything bullying is NOT, followed by a question/answer period. For grades K-1, she offers a 30 minute session which includes a reading of her picture book titled “It’s Time For Bed, Sleepyhead” (projector for power point required), discusses where stories come from, and plays interactive visualization games.

Picture Book

  • It’s Time For Bed, Sleepyhead

Chapter Books

  • Mackey Mack’s Birthday Attack
  • Mackey Mack, the Makings of a Tomgirl
  • Mackey the Medic
  • Tomgirlz Talent Troubles
  • A, B, Sea
  • Abbey’s Turn

Author's Home: Coral Springs, FL
Suggested Audience: Ages 6-10, adults with children for evening hour presentations
Author's Honorarium: Contact author to negotiate rates per day or session

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Dana Lurie grew up in Albany , NY where she enjoyed writing fictitious stories since elementary school. Writing for fun took the sidelines while she worked toward graduating with a B.S. in Communications from Ithaca College and then moved to the suburbs of Boston to open her own copy center business. After 11 years in Boston , she realized a life long dream by leaving the brain freeze of the northeast and moving to sunny South Florida . Free to enjoy the warm weather and inspired by the Latin sounds all around, her love for dance and exercise took center stage. She became, and remains to this day, a fitness instructor of Latin Dance Aerobics and Pilates and a performer and instructor of salsa dancing. Working with clients to help them reach their health and fitness goals has given Dana powerful training as a motivator.

Her biggest inspiration, however, came from her children which helped her return to her love of writing. Another dream was realized when her first book, It's Time For Bed, Sleepyhead , was published, followed shortly by the Tomgirlz series of chapter books based on, you guessed it, her daughter. Her writing is full of messages of love, hope and positive attitudes.

"The greatest thing I can do is encourage children to adventure through life by reading and writing," says Lurie. "I want them to know that when they take their dreams, turn them into goals and then into plansdreams really can come true, so DREAM BIG."


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Our mission is to use the character building and leadership messages of the Tomgirlz to help put an end to bullying and make this a happier, safer world for everyone.