Selected Works

A 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 new novel, maybe adult, maybe YA
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

Quick Links

WELCOME! MY YA NOVEL BEETLE BOY IS ALMOST HERE!



*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 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.



In 2011 I was honored to receive the Michigan Reading Association Gwen Frostic Award, an annual award that recognizes an individual artist for impacting and enhancing literacy in Michigan. In 2010 A SUMMER OF SILK MOTHS received an Honor Award from the Green Earth Book Awards, given to books for children that encourage environmental stewardship.


Silk Moths symbolize creativity, regeneration and dream life.

I grew up in a very large family in St. Joseph Michigan. I am holding my baby sister Mary in this family portrait. Two more children were born into my family before I left home at seventeen.

For over thirty years, I have written in many different genres, enjoying them all equally. My current work reflects this. I have a new young adult novel scheduled for release in Fall 2014. I have another novel in submission to Carolrhoda Lab. 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. With this book, 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 for-real granddaughter Beatrice in 2013