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Margaret Willey

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I am the author of 9 Young Adult novels, 6 picture books & more on the way in both genres. I have also published reviews, essays and poetry. My best known books are the CLEVER BEATRICE picture books, for which I received many awards and prizes, including the CCBC Charlotte Zolotow award for best writing in a picture book. Recently, I was given the Gwen Frostic Award by the Michigan Reading Association for my contributions to literacy in my home state of Michigan. I have two grown children and live in Grand Haven with my husband Richard Joanisse.

I am the author of FOUR SECRETS,a book about the aftermath of a school bullying incident with graphic novel-inspired illustrations by Bill Hauser.
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January and February are my most important months for composing new work. The holidays recede and life grows quiet on the family front and the cold and stillness of lower Michigan keep me indoors and introspective. It is a good time for memory work and a good time to experiment. I work in my kitchen because my office gets too cold and I really like working in my kitchen from where I can see sno... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.6 · 1,045 ratings · 242 reviews · 15 distinct worksSimilar authors
Four Secrets

3.64 avg rating — 376 ratings — published 2012 — 8 editions
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The 3 Bears and Goldilocks

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Beetle Boy

3.42 avg rating — 123 ratings — published 2014 — 7 editions
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Thanksgiving with Me

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A Summer of Silk Moths

3.88 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions
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Clever Beatrice and the Bes...

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Facing the Music

3.32 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 1996 — 4 editions
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The Bigger Book of Lydia

3.40 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1983 — 6 editions
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A Clever Beatrice Christmas

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This book is fine slice-of-life from a new writer with a great ear for dialogue, and for the ways teenagers sometimes talk around each other, avoiding painful disclosure, all the while hoping to be liked and to find love. What I liked most about this ...more
Gadget Girl by Suzanne Kamata
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" I have been thinking about indigo a lot lately. My forthcoming novel, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible, is about a biracial girl whose father is an indigo farmer and dyer in Tokushima. The inspiration for this is rooted in an i..." Read more of this blog post »
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I feel so fortunate to have received a copy of Four Secrets from the publisher, otherwise this book may have passed me by. And this book should not pass readers by. Four Secrets is an..." Read more of this review »
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I loved this book. It is spare yet rich, and it pulls you into another era--the swirl of intrigue and passion that surrounded the great feminist Margaret Fuller during her brief life. The tragedy of her demise and death is poetically told, but there ...more
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