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 YA novel
A collection of essays about Fairy Tales

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Beetle Boy

A WARM WELCOME FOR MY NOVEL OF ONE BOY'S JOURNEY OUT OF A HAUNTED (by beetles) CHILDHOOD.


Available Sept. 1, 2014

Starred Publisher's Weekly Review:


"A potent story about the power that the past exerts on the present." Ages 13–18. (Sept.)

Starred Kirkus Review:


"Willey takes readers along on Charlie’s painful journey back to physical and emotional health via a meandering timeline of flashbacks, dreams and wrenching conversations, skillfully weaving together the bits and pieces of his life. Innovative use of type brings an immediacy to Charlie’s struggles as he slowly looks the truth—and his brother—squarely in the face. Demanding—and riveting." (Fiction. 13-17)

The Horn Book Review:


"Willey crafts a delicate psychological landscape through carefully timed flashbacks, showing how injuries (and small kindnesses) from the past inform future relationships. Relentlessly honest, and also hopeful."

From ALA Booklist:


"Charlie’s intense dreams about his childhood and his uncertainty about his future fuel a powerful, angst-ridden narration that grips the reader from page one."

From a wonderful blog review from Feathered Quill:


"Willey is a great author; she can weave sadness, trauma and tragedy with light, kindness and hope absolutely flawlessly. This allows readers to cry, but tears of faith, not pain. The story is open, fresh, and literally holds one of ‘those’ lines that you will remember long after you’re done with the book: 'Good luck with your childhood.'"

Read the entire review here

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