Blair Kluckman
I am from a very small town in rural Nebraska.  I live on a small acreage
with my husband, Jim and two children, Zander and ReNae.  We all really
enjoy living here without the hustle and bustle of city life. We enjoy exploring
out in the pasture and trees.  We don’t harm the critters that we may come
upon, but rather observe them and let them go about their merry ways. We
spend a big part of our summers coaching our children’s baseball and
softball teams, and in our spare time we hit the local pool as much as
possible.  I work at the local public school as a secretary, but have recently
started taking classes again with hopes of becoming a middle school/high
school English and Literature teacher.  

I still believe that reading should be fun for children.  If they don’t enjoy it,
they aren’t going to want to do it.  If they start out with a love of reading there
is a good chance that they will continue with it on through high school and
into their adult life.  What better way to create avid readers than to give them
something they will enjoy reading!

The Dust Bunny Brigade is my first writing experience.  I hope everyone
enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
The Dust Bunny Brigade by Blair Kluckman

Jasper is a lonely dust bunny that lives in a very clean house
thanks to a scary house keeper, Bertha. He has been alone
since the Warner family bought the abandoned house he
called home, and cleaned it up.  He dreams of getting to the
abandoned house across the street, where he has seen a
pink dust bunny named Tilly who dances in the front room
window every night.  He knows the house would be crawling
with dust bunnies like him, as their dancing leads to the
creation of more and more dust bunnies. The dust bunnies
have dance parties to create dust clouds that settle, and if left
alone for long enough, will create more dust bunnies.  
Jasper, however is forced to hide in a cabinet by day, and only
comes out at night to dance in an attempt to create more
bunnies.  His attempts, however, are always in vain thanks to
Bertha.   

Staying in the Warner house becomes down-right dangerous
when Bertha catches wind of Jasper’s existence.  By chance,
Jasper meets Tilly one night after watching her dance in the
window of the house across the street.  Simply walking
across the street to join Tilly and the other bunnies can’t be
done since going outside could very well be a death sentence
for a dust bunny.  Instead, the two develop a unique way to
talk to each other.  It’s through this new form of
communicating that Jasper and Tilly try to come up with a
plan to save Jasper from Bertha before it’s too late.
The Day Raven Flew by Blair Kluckman

Raven, a young housecat, spends his days in boredom watching
birds and other animals out the window. He sulks around,
saddened at the fact that he wants to be able to run around outside
with the other animals.  He always had a secret desire to be able to
fly just like the birds he watched.  His only link to the outside world
is a red-headed woodpecker named Stewart who would chat with
him through the window screen.  Little did Raven know, his small
world was about to get a whole lot bigger.

One day the other cat that Raven shares the house with, Joey,
wakes him from a nap, and after that moment nothing is the same
for Raven ever again.  He ends up on an adventure of a lifetime,
meeting other animals and exploring places he never thought
imaginable.  Just when he thinks nothing could get any stranger,
he learns of a group of animals known as A-POW who will soon
play a very big role in his life.

Belonging to an ancient family of cats, Raven finds out he is
needed to help save Earth from certain destruction in the form of a
hideous alien named Cringe.  It is up to A-POW to train Raven to be
the warrior he is meant to be, and hope that they are not too late.
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