Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dirkle Smat and the Viking Shield - Lynn Garthwaite

Dirkle Smat and the Viking Shield

by Lynn Garthwaite

Dirkle Smat and the Viking Shield is the third book in a series of early chapter adventures.  In this story the Explorers uncover a mysterious box hidden in the roots of an old tree where it's been hidden for over a hundred years. This chapter book for early readers, ages 6 to 10, returns with Dirkle, his little brother Quid Smat, along with Toonie Oobles, Fiddy Bublob, and the inventor of the roto-scooter and the Lumleyline, the creative genius, Bean Lumley. Travel with them in Bean's latest invention-a special submarine. Illustrated throughout with bonus pages for readers to form their own Explorer's Club.


Lynn Garthwaite was raised in the idyllic suburb of Bloomington, MN. An avid reader, Lynn began writing her own stories while still in elementary school and pictured herself as a professional writer from a very young age. After college she attended several screenwriting workshops and began writing screenplays in earnest. Several years and seven screenplays later, she put that ambition on the back burner to pursue other interests. When the urge to write hit again, she found that her passion had changed to children's literature, and the "Dirkle Smat Adventure Books" were born.

Lynn's other interests include family (a husband, two grown sons and a daughter-in-law), law enforcement (she's a retired police reserve officer in Bloomington) and gardening. She volunteers in the public schools, at church, and dabbles in local politics. She enjoys being the visiting author at elementary schools and structures her presentation to match the age group of the audience. The best part of author visits, she claims, is the question and answer session. "Kids ask the BEST questions!"

Lynn serves on the Literary Council for the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center.  She has also been named the Writing Examiner on Minneapolis Read her articles for advice to aspiring writers.

  • March 24, 2012  Bloomington Writer's Festival and Book Fair (  She will be moderating a panel on the topic of children's book publishing.


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