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A recent honor for my picture book CLEVER BEATRICE! It was chosen as the book to represent MICHIGAN in 2018 by the Library of Congress' Center of the Book Discover Great Places Through Reading Program. My book is representing my state. I am so honored and grateful!

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.

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

One year ago, I thought I had finished a novel about mermaids--a fairy tale about the sea and life after leaving the sea. I have since decided that the novel is not finished. I often do this as a writer--I rewrote A Summer of Silk Moths three times! It is part of what a writer does and sometimes you realize that what you thought was finished is still becoming. To be continued.

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.

A glowing review from the city of my birth.

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

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:

My guest column for ALAN Review, discussing FOUR SECRETS and other notable works about bullying for children and adults about bullying.

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.

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

WORKS IN PROGRESS

A middle grade novel

 

A collection of essays about Fairy Tales

A box of beetles arriving!