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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Awards and Starred Reviews

For BEETLE BOY, 2014


Honors and Awards for Beetle Boy

3 Starred Reviews


Publisher’s Weekly Pick of the Week the week September 2014


Finalist 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year in YA Fiction


Bank Street Books Best Children's Books of 2015


2015 Finalist, Society of Midland Authors for Children's Fiction



For FOUR SECRETS, 2012



Booklist **starred** review.

"(R)ich in unique voices, Willey’s story masterfully teases out information until the final pages—and the ultimate revelations are well worth the torture." Booklist, October 2012



Lovely review from Roger Sutton at the Horn Book Magazine:

"...(R)eaders will piece the real story together along with Greta, who does some detective work of her own. 'There is a secret story and it is inside of another secret story and that one is inside of another secret story,' writes Katie, and the four secrets, one about each of the teens, are satisfyingly juicy yet given depth by Willey's understanding of the complexities of friendship, a theme she's pursued since her first YA novel, The Bigger Book of Lydia, was published in 1983." --The Horn Book Magazine



Top Choice Award for Four Secrets from FlamingNet
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from the blog Feathered Quill:

"In this amazing YA novel, not only has the author gone in-depth on this subject, but does so by offering a mysterious plot, fantastic characters, and a wealth of emotions that will truly leave the reader with something to think about!...(T)he writing is remarkable, and being able to spotlight this very dangerous problem while still weaving an unforgettable plot, shows that this is one author with a true gift! Quill Says: Buy this! Now!"

Read the full review here



A very fine review in Publishers Weekly. Reviewer calls the novel "meticulously detailed and psychologically astute."

Also known as obsessive compulsive plotting and revision. Nice that she noticed.

"(A) meticulously detailed and psychologically astute story with the feel of a procedural drama." --Publishers Weekly, October 2012



Review from YA Books Central (YABC)
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Very moving review for me because the reviewer spoke about her own experience with bullying, but also, her love of secrets:

"... a thrilling page-turner because of my insatiable desire to uncover the various secrets hidden by each of the characters. The cover was no minor pull either—a stark white background topped with a gathering of four black crows—and the story did not fail to fully engage me. I can guarantee it will not disappoint you."

Read the entire review here



In 2010, I was thrilled and honored to be given the Michigan Reading Association GWEN FROSTIC AWARD, an award for impacting literacy in my home state of Michigan.



Published in 2009

From School Library Journal: "Characters are engaging and engrossing, and the well-written discriptions of rural Michigan are detailed and gorgeous. Readers easily become mesmerized by the graudually unfolding plot and the growth and development of the main characters as they discover who they really are and what they mean to one another."

From Kirkus Review: "A thoughtful, complex and moving story abouty loss and the discovery of identity, love and the ability to change and the restorative powers of nature."

HONOR AWARD from the 2010 GREEN EARTH BOOK AWARDS




From School Library Journal (*Starred Review*): "...this satisfying read-aloud offers a new twist on an old favorite."

From Booklist: "Willey hews close to the traditional story...with a literary glance toward natural science that serves the humor of the story well...Willey's lively text and Solomon's expressive images shake the dust from this old tale and make it shiny new."

SELECTED: A CCBC CHOICES from the Cooperative Children's Book Council



The Clever One

From Publisher's Weekly, *starred review*: "Willey's engaging tal of her sharp-witted heroined courage, enhanced by Solomon's inspired illustrations, is clever indeed."

Horn Book, *starred review*: "...a winning tale of brain vs. brawn from the French-Canadian tradition, full of lively dialogue and situation."

Winner, Charlotte Zolotow Award
Los Angeles Times Best Book Award
Horn Book Fanfare Award
An ALA Notable Children's Book
Parent's Choice Award



The Sequel

Winner, Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award
Parent's Choice Award
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award