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Shirley Skufca Hickman grew up in Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colorado. After earning her B.A. from Western State College, she moved to California where she taught high school and college English.

One of her many teaching awards is Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Her award winning nonfiction books are, “Don’t Be Give Up,” the story of a young girl growing up in a coal mining town during World War II and School Success: 500 Ways Busy Parents Can Help Their Children Succeed in School.

Currently, she tutors students in Porterville, California where she lives with her husband, Joe. They have a son and he and his wife are proud parents of two boys.

Excerpt from Don't Be Give Up

Don't Be Give Up


Do you wonder if your children are missing some vital part of their education, but hesitate to help them because you don't know where to begin?

This book is for you.

It provides educationally sound, simple and inexpensive step-by-step processes to help children from K-12. The teaching techniques are organized by skill level rather than age level. There are seven sections, each containing several chapters.

Excerpt from School Success

School Success: 500 Ways Busy Parents Can Help Their Children Succeed In School

The early days in San Francisco are brought to life in Sarah Darlin’ as young Sarah O'Malley makes her living on stage and confronts danger on nearly a daily basis—including the dashing Richard Moresby who isn’t what he seems.

--Marilyn Meredith, author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries.

"Shirley Hickman hits the target in Sarah Darlin', blending romance and intrigue in this charming story of a music house singer and an English lord. Set during the 1850s California gold rush, displaced English gentleman Richard Moresby and Irish miss Sarah O'Malley are beset by more than one set of complications, and find the road to love a wild adventure."

--C.K.Crigger, Author of the China Bohannan series

Excerpt from Sarah Darlin'


Sarah, Darlin'

As they work in the orange groves, Elena Hernandez’s parents are suddenly taken away by uniformed men. Elena believes that Immigration has deported them back to Mexico. Only seventeen, she is left to care for her younger brother, Miguel and sister, Lupe. When she doesn’t hear from her parents, she is afraid something terrible has happened. Elena dreams of graduating but may have to leave school to support her family. When a mysterious caller demands money for her parents’ return, Elena is afraid that Rodriguez, the labor contractor who hired her parents, is behind their disappearance. Should she go to the police and risk deportation or stay in the shadows and spend the rest of her life working in the fields.

Early Ready Reviews: “An entertaining narrative on an important contemporary topic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Teresa de la Rosa Immigration Rights Advocate

“This book is excellent and I personally can relate to it. I enjoyed reading it.”

--Alejandra Hernandez, Tulare County Deputy Sheriff

Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or a Book resonates with authenticity as it portrays the difficulties faced by immigrant families in California and the grace with which they face them. Jann McGuire, M.Ed, Bilingual Educator “Shirley Skufca Hickman has brought an important issue out of the shadows in her dramatic and gripping story about a teen in a small town in Central California and what happens when her parents are taken away by immigration.”

--Marilyn Meredith, author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries.

Excerpt from Fall in Love with an Orange Tree

Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or Book