Mary and I met at the Central Missouri Children’s Bookfest a handful of years ago and bonded over shopping at a little second hand store we discovered on a walk through Warrensburg. She’s as warm as her home town– Ranier, Minnesota– is cold and is not a bad writer, either. (wink) I loved her novel, The Klipfish Code, which touched on a WWII story I wasn’t aware of. Now she’s not only got a funny new picture book out, The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town, she has her own American Girl doll! And what’s especially great is that some of the proceeds from this doll’s sales (a trophy girls can purchase) will benefit Save The Children, an organization to which American Girl has been donating books since 2010.
Way to go, Mary!
I’ll be meeting Mary for the first time at Authors in April in Rochester, Michigan. Looking forward to it.