Kelly Barnhill

in Minneapolis
December 07, 1973



Borges, Marquez, Erdrich, The Brothers Grimm

I'm a writer, a mom, a wife, a dog owner, a reader, a thinker, a hiker, a friend, a runner, a teacher, a listener, terrible gardener, a lover of nature. Sometimes I'm all of these things at once.

I'm also a former bartender, former park ranger, former waitress, former church janitor, former kosher meat slicer, former wild-eyed activist, former wildland firefighter, former coffee jerk, former phone-book delivery girl and a former dull-eyed office slave. Sometimes I am still these things. Sometimes all at once.

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(note: this essay originally appeared at Powells Books Blog.)

Once upon a time, I worked for the Park Service, minding a little ranger station on Marmot Lake — well above the treeline, about 30 miles into the backcountry from any direction. The station was not much of a station at all. Just a tent on a platform and a steel cache full of tools and gear, and even a sealed bottle of s...

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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The Witch's Boy

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Iron Hearted Violet

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The Mostly True Story of Jack

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Dreadful Young Ladies and O...

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The Unlicensed Magician

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Probably Still the Chosen One

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The Wee Book of Pee

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The Bloody Book of Blood

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“There's no such thing as complete when it comes to stories. Stories are infinite. They are as infinite as worlds.”
Kelly Barnhill, Iron Hearted Violet

“Knowledge is power, but it is a terrible power when it is hoarded and hidden.”
Kelly Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon

“That’s the magic of revisions – every cut is necessary, and every cut hurts, but something new always grows.”
Kelly Barnhill


What Book Shall We Read in October?

I have chosen books that are getting a lot of attention and were published in July and August. Feel free to add books to the list, if they were published in July and August 2011

If you get the chance, check and see what your library has before you vote.

  10 votes 24.4%

  8 votes 19.5%

  7 votes 17.1%

  5 votes 12.2%

  4 votes 9.8%

Summer I learned to fly (write-in)
  3 votes 7.3%

  2 votes 4.9%

  1 vote 2.4%

  1 vote 2.4%

41 total votes

Topics Mentioning This Author

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Young Adult Book ...: Quarterly Challenge #3 (Fall 2011) 104 520 Dec 17, 2011 03:40PM  
The Seasonal Read...: Winter Challenge 2011: Completed Tasks with ?s/problems 470 267 Mar 01, 2012 12:47PM  
Avoca Book Club: Sandy's 2012 Reading Goals and Challenges 11 30 May 24, 2012 05:14PM  
Wild Things: YA G...: Reading Challenge #15 - Report Points Here 174 161 Apr 01, 2013 09:34PM  

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