Honors and reviews for The Summer of Hammers and Angels...

William Allen White Award, master list 2013-2014

2012 recommended title, Kansas NEA Reading Circle

“This debut novel of self discovery and the power of prayer coupled with hard work is a must for everyone who loves story. It excites, stimulates, and, yes, it is also a tearjerker. A young adult book that would be a good read for adults, as well.”

—Catholic Library World

“….down-to-earth life struggles combine with inspiring generosity of spirit in this uplifting debut.”

—Publishers Weekly

“...will leave readers hungry for fried chicken and Coke from glass bottles.”

—Kirkus Reviews

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Honors and reviews for What Flowers Remember...

2015 New Books for Missouri Students

2015 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

Lamplighter Award nominee, 6th-8th, 2015-2016

Bank Street 2015 Best Children’s Books of the Year, ages 12-14

Top Shelf honoree 2014, VOYA Magazine

“Fans of wholesome, uplifting stories similar to Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the Soul collections, will best enjoy this gentle reminder of the goodness of life and people.”

—Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“There are echoes of Patricia MacLachlan in the book's period flavor (the story seems to be set thirty years or so in the past), the tenderness, and the deft writing that keeps a heart-tugging plot lovely as well as brimming with sentiment."

—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Recommended

“The ebb and flow of life is shown, grief is addressed, and the power of what one person can do is celebrated. Teachers may wish to consider this book for reading lists in middle school."

—Children's Literature

“[Delia’s] frustration, fear and sense of loss will be readily recognizable to others who have experienced dementia in a loved one, and her story may provide some guidance on how to move down that rocky path toward acceptance and letting go.”   

—Kirkus Reviews

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Alzheimer’s Association®.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Habitat for Humanity®.