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MEET LEONA DEROSA BODIE

Leona Bodie's first children's book, One is Fun debuted in June 2007 and quickly caught the world's attention. One is Fun has already won several awards, including a 2007 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine. It was a finalist for the 2007 National Best Books Award sponsored by USA Book News.

For Leona, reading is a passion that starts the moment you share a book with a child. Growing up she and her four siblings had a house full of books, from novels to encyclopedias, and she credits her mom with instilling a love of reading in her.

What she didn't know until she became a teenager was that her father was illiterate. When she saw how well he could hide his personal challenge, she understood the clues, and brought them with her to the classroom as an English teacher.

Leona earned a bachelor's degree with dual majors in English and Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has received lifetime certification in from the Society of Human Resource Management. In August 2003 she successfully completed the Writer’s Digest School’s Novel Writing Workshop, and in January 2004 won The Stuart News/Scripps News Second Annual Writing Contest by creating a recurring hero in a fictitious series of crime/mystery novels. More recently, she won Byline Magazine’s Short-Short Story, Short-Article, and Character Sketch Honorable Mention Awards in 2005 and 2006.

Leona lives in Fort Pierce, Florida with her husband. They raised two sons, and she has one grandson, Logan, the inspiration for One is Fun.

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