Kathy MacMillan

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Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and signing storyteller. She writes picture books (the Little Hands Signing series, Familius Press), children’s nonfiction (She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Familius Press), and young adult fantasy. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse (2016) was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award, and its companion novel, Dagger and Coin (2018) has been called a “complex feminist fantasy” by author Heidi Heilig. She has also published 8 resource books for educators, librarians, and parents, including Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press). Kathy serves as the co-Regional Advisor for the Mar ...more

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Kathy MacMillan It was originally intended to be, but then one of the other characters stepped up and demanded to have her story told, so I am working on the sequel n…moreIt was originally intended to be, but then one of the other characters stepped up and demanded to have her story told, so I am working on the sequel now. But what I really suspect you are asking is : "Is this one of those books where I am going to invest a lot of time reading it and then it ends in a cliffhanger and I have to wait a year or more to find out what happens?" This book does function as a standalone, with what I hope is a satisfying ending. No cliffhangers here! I do hope that once you read it you will want to spend more time with these characters and want to read the sequel though!(less)
Kathy MacMillan Yes! Though SWORD AND VERSE functions as a standalone (i.e. no cliffhanger ending!), I am working on a sequel that picks up the action in another char…moreYes! Though SWORD AND VERSE functions as a standalone (i.e. no cliffhanger ending!), I am working on a sequel that picks up the action in another character's point of view. The second book should be out in 2018.(less)
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Looking for something to keep the kids busy? Check out the Familius Summer Reading series! Each half-hour segment will feature a Familius author reading their book and sharing fun activities!

On Thursday, July 15 at 8 PM Eastern, I’ll be reading Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day and sharing American Sign Language songs and activities for the whole family. Program will be presented in spoken English

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