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Mary Cronk Farrell

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I'm an award-winning author of Children's/YA books and former journalist with a passion for stories about people facing great adversity with courage. Writing such stories has shown me that in our darkest moments we have the opportunity to discover our true identity and follow an inner compass toward the greater good.

Both my fiction and non-fiction titles feature little-known true stories of history based on thorough research. Most include an author's note, bibliography and further resources, but they are not dry, scholarly tomes! Confronting grief, adversity and failure in my own life, enables me to write stories with an authentic emotional core.

My books have been named Notable Social Studies Book for Young People, SPUR Award for Best Juven...more

Picture Today welcome Newbery Honor Author Kirby Larson, who's agreed to share her thoughts about courage.

Growing up, I associated courage with brave deeds and actions: John Glenn for rocketing to the moon, my cousin for diving off the high board, and, of course, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin for fighting the evil agents of CHAOS. As a comic book and movie lover, it’s not surprising that I thought... Read more of this blog post »
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Pure Grit: How WWII Nurses ...
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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Fire In the Hole!
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2004
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Daughters of the Desert: St...
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2003 — 3 editions
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" There is such intriguing promise in Maggie Stiefvater's use of language. Add magic, a long-lost Welsh King + ley lines, and a private boys' school and I was hooked from beginning to end. No it doesn't end-end. It twists. Thank goodness! Bring on B... " Read more of this review »
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This book had a feel of realness to it, though it obviously could never be real as London cannot remember one day to the next, but she "remembers" the future. There are some nice twists when London discovers her remembering isn't quite as cut and dri...more
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THE WORLD WAR TWO...: Women in the Armed Services 37 92 Nov 19, 2013 01:07PM  
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“I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it's just too much. The current's too strong. They've got to let go, drift apart. That's how it is with us. It's a shame, Kath, because we've loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can't stay together forever.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

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message 6: by C.J.

C.J. Heck C.J. Heck C.J. Heck

Hello Mary,

It's such a pleasure having you as a friend. Thank you and best wishes!

My warmest regards,

Lois V. Thanks for inviting me to be your friend. Hope to see some of your book recommendations on NFforKids.

message 4: by Mary

Mary Farrell Wendy wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite!"

I noticed we have read a lot of the same books. Thanks for accepting!

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Wendy Thanks for the friend invite!

message 2: by Mary

Mary Farrell Hi Matt,

I noticed you have read:
The Battle of Lake Erie (North Star Book)
by F. van Wyck Mason

I was told it was a book for children published in 1960.
Do you remember much about it?
I am a children's author writing a book on this topic and trying to find out what other books have been written prior to this. I have only been able to find this one written specifically for children, though at 180-pages, I'm assuming it is for older children. I have not seen the book myself.
Thank you.

message 1: by Matt

Matt Hi Mary,

How can I help you?


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