Ten-year-old Hazel has always had an amazing imagination--a little too amazing her dad sometimes says--but even she can't pretend away the fact that her family has just become homeless, her best friend Jilly isn't speaking to her, and a tornado is on the way. Through friendship, family and the love of a sweet old dog, Hazel will discover there are many different kinds of brave.
About the Author
As a special education teacher for over twenty years and now as a writer, Trista wants kids to see themselves in books, and strives to help them recognize and celebrate their own unique strengths. Trista currently lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband and two adorable and sometimes naughty dogs. Her work has appeared in Hunger Mountain, VCFA Journal for the Arts and YARN, Young Adult Review Network, with frequent participation in NaNoWriMo. When previously living in Austin, Texas she became a fervent supporter of The Writing Barn led by Bethany Hegedus, and was also spotlighted. She spends her time writing, drinking too much iced-coffee and seeing how big the weeds in her garden can grow.
I hope every elementary/middle school buys a copy of your book for kids to read. You’ve de-stigmatized homelessness.
Shirley ~ Bookseller and retired teacher
The characters seemed very real and it’s easy to like them. Write more books-that’s an order!
Natalie ~ age 11