The Balkin Buddies Blog Catherine Balkin's Facebook



Elizabeth Shreeve grew up

in a family of writers and

scientists who taught her to

chase butterflies and otherwise

scare the daylights out of small

creatures in the local marshes

and fields. She also liked to read

and would have become a

librarian if books could be stored outdoors.

In addition to publications in the

field of urban design, Elizabeth

is the author of The Adventures

of Hector Fuller, a chapter book

series that is part of Aladdin/

Simon & Schuster's "Ready for

Chapters" books for new readers.

A graduate of Harvard College

and the Harvard Graduate School

of Design, Elizabeth now lives in

northern California where she

balances a career in environ-

mental design with writing stories

and reading in silly voices to her

husband and their sons. The

origin of Hector Fuller's name

and species is a closely-held

family secret that Elizabeth is happy to share at book signings and school visits, where she talks with children about the natural world, the life of a writer, and the joys of becoming a life-long reader.

Elizabeth is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), NCCBA (Northern California Children's Booksellers Association), and SEED (School Environmental Education Docents).

Accelerated Reader Quizzes Available on the Hector Books

Designed for newly independent readers not quite ready for novels, the books also appeal to reluctant readers and are fun to read aloud. Accelerated Reader quizzes are available for all the books (AR levels 3.4-3.8), which are available in library bindings through Follett and Perma-Bound. The first story will soon be available as a grade-school script, adapted by the author.

Praise for Hector Fuller

It was a delightful pleasure meeting you on Wednesday and thank you for visiting Washington Elementary in San Gabriel . We had many visitors after school buying your books. I love Hector Fuller and hope he has a VERY long and happy life. It was a great day and your presentation deserves an A+!

Betty Takeuchi

San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe


Thank you for your outstanding presentations at Brookhaven Elementary School . Your ability to hold the attention of so many children in grades kindergarten to third is a testament to your skills as a presenter. Your vast knowledge of your subject matter was a tremendous asset once the question and answer session began. The children walked away from the assembly highly motivated to continue reading The Adventures of Hector Fuller ! You were truly an inspiration to your audience and your response to their letters was wonderful!

Lynn Hirt

Librarian, Brookhaven Elementary School


My students listened enthusiastically while you read these books. They visualized Hector and his friends, laughed at his predicaments, and waited anxiously for each new chapter. Their thoughtful questions and suggestions demonstrated a fondness for this lovable character. Hector is a special guy!

Maureen Behrs

2nd Grade Teacher

And from Other Experts

Dear Ms. Shreeve,

I enjoyed listening to you! Your books are great! I like you! Does Hector have teeth? I want to make a book when I grow up too. Do you like bugs?

Sincerely, Lauren

p.s. How's it like to be a writer?


Dear Ms. Shreeve,

Thank you for coming to my school. You are the best author I ever seen. Could you come over my house sometime? I will ask my mom.

Love, Hayley