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Michael Thal is a freelance writer with over sixty-five articles to his credit.

    

Michael grew up in the suburbs of New York City on Long Island. He has a twin brother, Elliott, and an older brother, Harry. After graduating from the University of Buffalo he earned his master's degree in education at Washington University, St. Louis. When he moved to Los Angeles, he continued his education and earned another master's degree in Reading. He became interested in writing during his days in Buffalo writing reports for his history professor, Dr. David Abosch. While working for a private company in L.A. developing educational materials, he wrote a short story. His boss thought it was more of a treatment for a novel. Years later "The Light: An Alien Abduction" was published.



Birth Place: Oceanside, NY USA

Accomplishments: Michael is the author of two novels, "The Legend of Koolura" and "The Light: An Alien Abduction." The former won the Word Weaver's Award for Excellence. He has won the 73rd Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition and the Twelfth Annual Stepping Stone Children's Writer's Competition. He has had over 50 articles published in local and national magazines.

Michael is a certificated reading specialist and teacher in California.
     



Books

The Abduction of Joshua Bloom by Michael L Thal
A high school track star is abducted by aliens, explores strange worlds, uncovers genocide on a planetary scale, and is thrust into extraterrestrial politics that decides the fate of an Earth on the brink of war or unification....
  

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Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback by Michael L Thal
Koolura has the ability to teleport, levitate, heal, and even fly. At Camp Saddleback Koolura wakes up drained and powerless. Who has stolen her psychic powers? ...
  

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The Legend of Koolura by Michael L Thal
The Legend of Koolura shows the metamorphosis of a pre-teen girl with extraordinary psychic powers overcoming a stalker bent on her destruction....
  

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Good-Bye Tchaikovsky by Michael L Thal
A twelve-year-old violin virtuoso, David Rothman, is plunged into a deaf world, necessitating him to adapt to a new culture and language in order to survive. ...
  

Royal Fireworks Press 

The Light: An Alien Abduction by Michael L Thal
The Light: An Alien Abduction is a science fiction love story; an account of an abduction of a human by an alien race of beings who justify their act in an attempt to save their people trapped on a dying planet....
  

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Short Stories

In Search of Memorial Day
 by Michael L Thal
Hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue; school is almost over and summer is about to begin. That’s what Memorial Day is all about. Right? Wrong!...


Gift From the Heart
 by Michael L Thal
Her mom rejects Julia’s Christmas wish list. Instead of receiving gifts this holiday season, Julia must give gifts from the heart. Julia learns that giving is far better than receiving when she target...


Maybe
 by Michael L Thal
David is a thirty something male frustrated with the dating scene. Not only does he have the “normal” problems men and women have with interpersonal relationships, but David has an additional problem...


Birtle the Turtle
 by Michael L Thal
Mickey finds a turtle in the woods. He shares his new pet with his neighbor, excluding his younger brother, El. Only after Mickey loses interest in the reptile, does he realize how valuable a friend h...


The Lip Reader
 by Michael L Thal
"The Lip Reader" won first prize in Writer Digest's 73rd Annual Writing Competition: Inspirational Category....



Articles

An Interview with Michael Thal
 by Michael L Thal
Here's where you can learn about the author of the Koolura series. ...


The Gift of Words
 by Michael L Thal
I believe fathers need to realize gifts like a T-shirt or gym shorts are transient, but a gift of words is a gift from the heart that lasts forever. This article shows dads what they need to do to be...


Fly With Mama
 by Michael L Thal
Book review of Laura Lacamara's uplifting children's book, "Floating on Mama's Song."...


Witchy Troubles Aren’t All That Bad
 by Michael L Thal
Book review of Rhonda Hayter’s "The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams." ...


Health Care Reform Now
 by Michael L Thal
Health Care legislation is needed now. The Healthy American Act is bipartisan and fits the needs of all Americans. Act now and get your congress people to act now....


eHow Articles
 by Michael L Thal
Below are links to my most recent e-How articles. Just click, read, and enjoy....


Book Review: Accidental Encounter
 by Michael L Thal
A Wyoming hiker unwittingly walks through a space warp and unto another world....


Book Review: The Exclusion Zone
 by Michael L Thal
Malcolm Vershun, a prosperous Antigua businessman, is about to be knighted by the Queen of England. Minutes before her majesty’s arrival, Malcolm is called to his ailing wife’s bedside. Running l...


Happy Seventeenth
 by Michael L Thal
Happy 17th Jila, my girlfriend, gave me a gift and exclaimed, “Happy 17th!” I was speechless. It wasn’t my birthday, but I thanked her for the shirt, and asked, “What makes today so...


A Gift From the Heart
 by Michael L Thal
Giving gifts over the holiday season is a wonderful way of showing our sons and daughters how much we care. To truly teach kids about acts of kindness, they need to experience this for themselves. The...


Talmud Celebration Evokes Joy, Tears
 by Michael L Thal
March 1, 2005 Jews at locations throughout the world, hooked-up to the events at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This was a celebration marking the completion of the Talmud…one page a day. It...


A Call For World Unification
 by Michael L Thal
Below is an article that was published in "Aim Magazine"(Winter 2002). It provides an alternate solution to war....



News

Goodbye Tchaikovsky now on Amazon
 by Michael L Thal
Goodbye Tchaikovsky, a novel about a deaf teen violinist, is now available on Amazon....


#2 in the Koolura Series will soon be Published
 by Michael L Thal
Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback will be published by Solstice Publishing on November 27, 2013....


ChildControlled
 by Michael L Thal
New website for moms and dads to get comprehensible parenting advice....


Historic Los Angeles App
 by Michael L Thal
iTunes published a city walk tour of historic Olvera Street, the oldest Los Angeles community. ...


Examiner Column
 by Michael L Thal
With more than two dozen articles publishe, Michael Thal's column, Ask LA Teacher, is a huge success. ...


Between Two Worlds Soon To Be Published
 by Michael L Thal
Royal Fireworks Publishing Company, a print publisher out of New York will publish Between Two Worlds...


Encourage Kids to Read Published
 by Michael L Thal
San Diego Family Magazine published "Encourage Kids To Read" in their February issue....


Gift From the Heart Published
 by Michael L Thal
A young girl learns a new way to give....


Tell-Tale Wag
 by Michael L Thal
The November 2008 issue of Highlights for Children has published "The Tell-Tale Wag"....


The Man Who Hated Christmas Wins an Award
 by Michael L Thal
"The Man Who Hated Christmas," a short story for the whole family, won second prize in the Steppingstones 2007 Writing Competition....


The Curse of the Brazilian Published
 by Michael L Thal
Oasis Journal 2007 published "The Curse of the Brazilian." It's about dating and the loss and gain of love....


Gift From the Heart Wins Writing Competition
 by Michael L Thal
"A Gift From the Heart" is a story about a young girl learning that giving is better than receiving. Michael Thal's short children's story won First Prize in the Stepping Stones' Twelfth Writing Conte...


OASIS Journal Publishes "The Outing of Senor Pelon"
 by Michael L Thal
I wasn’t prepared for baldness, even though it infected my father and uncles. During my early thirties, lumps of hair filled the bathroom drain as my hairline retreated like vanquished soldiers during...


Birtle the Turtle Wins Honorable Mention
 by Michael L Thal
Birtle the Turtle won Honorable Mention in Friends of the Decatur Public Library Annual Writing Contest, Juvenile Fiction....


Bylines 2006 Writer's Desk Calendar
 by Michael L Thal
Bylines 2006 Writer's Desk Calendar is not your ordinary daytimer, It is chock full of inspiration, humor and passion. Just the sort of thing aspiring and working writers need to read on a daily basi...


Writer Works 2004 Short Story Contest
 by Michael L Thal
writer works 2004 Short Story Contest gave "Cygnus Loop" Honorable Mention in their recent writers' contest....


First Place Winner
 by Michael L Thal
For his entry, "The Lip Reader," Michael Thal has won first place in the Inspirational category of the Writer's Digest 73rd Annual Competition. ...


Divorce Can Work for Kids
 by Michael L Thal
"You Can Soften the Blow of Divorce for Kids" by thinking of the needs of children first. ...


Kids in Motion Published
 by Michael L Thal
Partnership for Learning Publishes "Kids in Motion" on their website...


National Organization on Disability (NOD) Gives a Nod to My Writing
 by Michael L Thal
NOD requests SIGNews to reprint my article on the NOD website....


Mother's Day Winner
 by Michael L Thal
"Angel Without a Halo," a story about my mother, Vivian Thal, won Honorable Mention in a Mother's Day Contest...


Michael Wins Writer's Digest Award
 by Michael L Thal
Michael L. Thal is awarded Honorable Mention for his work by Writer's Digest....



Events

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 4/19/2015
Michel Thal will be signing his books at the SCBWI tables...


Links

Tutoring Available
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The All Destiny.Com Magazine
Vice Principal Brett Castille hates rainy days because he’s responsible for unsupervised classes. And on this day Allison Park is late. His ensuing conversations with Allison lead to revelations regarding missing bits of memory going back twenty years. At the end of this day Brett will have a mystery solved that has been bothering him since childhood. He’ll know why he lost his memory after watching an old lady race snails on her porch. He’ll understand the significance of the mysterious orange light that caused her schizophrenic personality to suddenly change. And why that seemingly uneducated old woman could become a principal of a school, over night. This rainy day detective work unravels the truth, which becomes his downfall. Proving, rainy days and Mondays aren’t much fun when an intergalactic intelligence invades your school.

The Light: An Alien Abduction
The Light: An Alien Abduction is a science fiction love story. It’s a 245-page account of an abduction of a human by an alien race who justifies their act in an attempt to save their people trapped on a dying planet. Lewis finds himself in a world dominated by women, and men are subjugated to their whims. He learns from an alluring alien woman that her matriarchal society may relocate on Earth. To survive space flight rigors, Lewis buffs up. His changed attitude opens a love relationship with the most powerful woman on Oceana. He explores alien worlds, uncovers genocide on a planetary scale, and is thrust into extraterrestrial politics that decides the fate of an Earth on the brink of war or unification


Additional information

Michael has had articles published in Wonder Years, SIGNews, The Jewish Journal, Smithsonian's Kids' Castle, Writer's Digest, and Highlights for Children. Michael's newest book, "Good-Bye Tchaikovsky" will be published by Royal Fireworks Press March 2011.

 
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