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About the Author

Linda B. Schmitz Spangrud grew up in Iowa and spent her career as a teacher, principal, and school district administrator in Illinois. Family and people are very important to her. She has always loved children's books and read many books to her students, son and grandson.


She is passionate about reading and learning. Her zest for living includes writing, reading, golfing, music, and travel. Besides writing books, she writes grants, magazine,  and newspaper articles. She is an active volunteer in her community. When moving to the Alabama Gulf Coast with her husband Tom in 2006, they became involved in the sea turtle (Share the Beach) program. They have been volunteers ever since.

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Miss Ella and the Turtle People

This book is based on a true story about turtle volunteers and the people they meet. A portion of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Alabama Coastal Foundation to support Share the Beach, Alabama's Sea Turtle Conservation program. 

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Share the Beach Sea Turtle Program

Since 2003, an estimated 50,000+ sea turtles have hatched along our shores from Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan to Gulf  Shores and Orange Beach. Without the help of hundreds of Share the Beach volunteers, the newly hatched sea turtles may not find their way to the warm Gulf waters to embark on their journey.  

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