Selected Works

A Rather Adult Young Adult Novel, 2014
A Young Adult novel, 2012
Adults and Young Adults
A 2010 Green Earth Book Awards Honor Book
Younger Readers
A new twist to a very old story. Beautifully illustrated by Heather Solomon.
A tall tale from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Winner of the 2002 Charlotte Zolotow Award for best writing in a picture book. Available in hardcover and paperback.
Works in Progress
A middle grade novel
A collection of essays about Fairy Tales

A box of beetles arriving!

My 2012 novel Four Secrets explores what can happen when adults turn a blind eye to the bullied student, and celebrates the courage and fortitude of the victims of bullying.




MY PICTURE BOOKS


For information about a Clever Beatrice video conference for younger students click HERE.


The Sequel - More Adventures!

Christmas in the Far North!

THE 3 BEARS and GOLDILOCKS

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Welcome readers of all ages! My books are varied; I write in multiple genres with one important ingredient--everything I write is from the heart.

A New Development and a Reclamation



I have happily redesigned and reclaimed my 2009 novel A SUMMER OF SILK MOTHS. Complete with illustrations. Available at Amazon here


Luna moth drawing by the book's narrator, Pete, a young nature artist.

Available at Indiebound here


In 2009 A Summer of Silk Moths received an Honor Award from the Green Earth Book Awards, an environmental stewardship award for books for children and teenagers. Find more information about the Green Earth Book Awards here




The Sea Sister is currently in submission for publication. In the meantime, I have started a sequel.


A mermaid saga of discovery and transformation. A twisted plot. A profusion of secrets. A love story.



My YA novel Beetle Boy was one of two fiction finalists for the 2015 Society of Midland Writers Award in the category of children's fiction.



BEETLE BOY HAS BEEN NAMED A 2015 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE BANKS STREET COLLEGE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE COMMITTEE IN THE AGE 14 AND UP CATEGORY.

BEETLE BOY IS CURRENTLY A FINALIST FOR INDIEFAB 2015 BOOK OF THE YEAR.

Beetle Boy in the Chicago Tribune's Printer's Row Book Review


A glowing review from the city of my birth.

Beetle Boy nominated by YALSA for 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults


*Starred review in Publishers Weekly for Beetle Boy: "A potent story about the power that the past exerts on the present." Read the entire review here


*Starred Review for Beetle Boy in MUSE BCCB Journal


*Starred review in Kirkus for Beetle Boy! Read the entire review here


Read Chapter One of Beetle Boy



FOUR SECRETS, my 2012 young adult novel about bullies, warrior, secrets and a little time in juvenile detention, is now available in paperback.



Illustration from FOUR SECRETS

**FOUR SECRETS receives starred review in Booklist!**

"...Willey's story masterfully teases out information until the final pages--and the ultimate revelations are well worth the torture." --Booklist, October 2012


My Guest Column Essay from the Fall 2013 ALAN Review:



ALA Booklist lists FOUR SECRETS among the 10 best Crime Fiction for Youths of 2013.



School Library Journal features my book launch party at my hometown indie bookstore, The Bookman of Grand Haven.



The haunting trailer for FOUR SECRETS. Watch it now


Discussion Guide for FOUR SECRETS is here


Author Interview about FOUR SECRETS at Keen Readers. Read it here.



For over thirty years, I have written in many different genres, including short stories, poetry, book reviews and essays. I am currently working on essays and stories and have begun a project involving my husband's childhood in Ontario. I have also published picture books, including The 3 Bears and Goldilocks (Atheneum), illustrated by Heather Solomon. Despite my current focus on novels, my love affair with folktales and fairy tales continues...




A decade ago, I wrote 3 folktales for children, all of which featured the character Beatrice, a very brave and clever girl from the north woods. Clever Beatrice and its sequels are all illustrated by the amazing Heather Solomon.


Clever Beatrice

My Inner Beatrice

My granddaughter Beatrice