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On October 11, 2017, The War I Finally Won debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestsellers list. This does not surprise me, because Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's sequel to the multi-award winning The War that Saved my Life, does not disappoint, but rather, carries on the story, showing how Ada has recovered after the surgery that fixed her club foot. She is not what her mother said:  crippled in mind and body, deranged, a disappointment. Yet Ada must continue to fight to find out who she is, and her sufferings were not over--though nothing Ada could ever have seen or expected. 

Women who shape history, now and then

  • May 2018: PENCON, Grand Rapids, MI  

  • Wild Wild Midwest! May 3-5, 2019, multi-regional conference

  • Oct. 5-7, 2018: SCBWI retreat, Pokagon State Park, Potawatom Inn, Angola, IN (for IN and MI SCBWI members)

  • May 5, 2018, time TBD, SCBWI MI-PAL event: A One-Day Humor Conference with Little, Brown editor Heather Alexander

  • Mar. 17-18, 2018: Michigan Reading Association, Detroit, MI, Cobo Center

  • Feb. 2-3, 2018: The Sixth Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates family stories, Kalamazoo Valley Museum 10 am - 4 pm

  • January 2018​: Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, "How a Book is Made" & "Discernment in the Media" 

  • Dec. 10, 2017: Kazoo Books Author Hop, 11 am-1 pm: SCBWI MI-PAL event, Kazoo Books, Kalamazoo, MI 2-4 pm

  • Dec. 1, 2017: SCBWI-MI Merry Mitten Holiday event, Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI, 6-9 pm

  • Aug 5, 2-4 pm, Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI: Meet eight local children's book authors during Education Appreciation Days organized through the  Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Michigan Chapter, Published and Listed Authors (SCBWI-MI PAL)    

  • Aug 7, Literary Luncheon sponsored by The Bookman, Grand Haven, MI
  • Sept. 10, 2017Kerrytown BookFest. Ann Arbor, MI, 10:30 am -5 pm
  • Sept. 15-16, 2017: SCBWI MI Conference, "Gathering at the Grand"
  • June 22-26, ALA Summer Conference 2017, Chicago, IL
  • June 3, 2017, Reading Rocks Rockford, Krause Memorial Library, Rockford, MI
  • June 21-22, “Build-a-Book” & “How a book is Made,” Brownsburg Public Library (Indianapolis)
  • June 22-26, ALA Summer 2017, Chicago, IL
  • Dec. 10, 2016, The Bookman, SCBWI-MI PAL Merry Mitten Holiday, Grand Haven, MI

One Writer's Musings 

Author ~ Editor ~ Reviewer ~ Speaker

2017-2018 Holidays

New and Inspirational Titles 

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This Changes Everything

How the Gospel Transforms

the Teen Years

By Jacquelle Crowe

Crossway, $14.99 ​

Age:10 and up

​ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5514-5

BISAC: Christian Nonfiction, Self-Help, Inspiration, Healthy Living, Godly Living, Biblical Living, Teen Writing for Teens, Gospel, Living Gospel, College and Beyond, Graduation, Gift Books, New-Adult and Adult Interest, Religion, Christian Life, Spiritual Growth

Written by a teen for teens, with a wisdom beyond her years, author Jacquelle Crowe describes a life lived for Christ, and what a Christian life resembles from a biblical perspective. Her insights are short, succinct, witty, and full of wisdom, and I find myself returning to its pages to parts that particularly struck me, like Crowe's invitation to ask ourselves questions about our identity. What is the thing that defines me? And her conversational writing style and ability to capture well-known scenarios makes this a book for anyone, boy, girl, teen, adult, those interested in examining what a life lived for Christ truly looks like in a world focused on entitlement and materialism.



Children's Book day

Jan. 27, 2018

Honoring Paul Goble

Philanthroparties: A Party-Planning Guide

For Kids Who Want to Give Back

By Lulu Cerone

Beyond Words, $17.99, ​Age:10-18

​ISBN-13: 978-1582705873

BISAC: Nonfiction, four-color party planning guide, cooking, games, DIY, Partying with a cause, Giving, Guide, DIY, Party Planning, Cooking, Games

"​Why just party when you can party with a purpose?" Seventeen-year-old Lulu Cerone shows teens how to bring social activism into their daily lives—and have fun while doing it—with this colorful DIY, party-planning guide perfect for every socially conscious kid! PS. Adults need this book too! Click here for more. 

By Kim Childress
Cherry Lake Publishing (Sleeping Bear Press)

ISBN: 978-1634719018 (Library Binding)

ISBN:978-1634719476 (Paperback)

​Part of the Find Your Future in STEAM series

​I was hired to edit, and I got to write this book in the process!

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events & Appearances

​​​​Kim Childress

The War That Saved My Life

The War I Finally Won
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Dial BFYR  (Oct. 11, 2017)

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

​coming of age, family life, adoption, WWII, Europe, literature, adult interest, special needs

Find Your Future in Art, Cherry Lake/Sleeping Bear Press, Aug. 2016

This Changes Everything

By Jaquelle Crowe

Resources for readers, librarians, educators, homeschoolers, writers, editors & publishers

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 I lived at the library as a child, riding my bike there nearly every day. Check your local library for free events, story time, writing contests, technological and researching resources, and of course, books.

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