MEet The Authors
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
In “Fish in a Tree,” Hunt tells the story of Ally, a young girl who lands in a new school and hides her inability to read by creating clever and disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help, however her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, she feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. This emotionally-charged, uplifting novel will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
Author Hunt said she tends to write about things she would like to know, that she longs to understand but doesn’t. She also says there is “always a wish underneath it all.” After attending UConn and getting two degrees in education, she went on to become a teacher. This is where she gained her love of writing. After leaving teaching to be a stay-at-home mom, she decided to join a writer’s club, and that is where it all started. Hunt is known for both “Fish and a Tree” and “One for the Murphys.”
Mary Downing Hahn
“Took”, the winner in the Grades 6 through 8 category, is about a spooky mystery in West Virginia. When seventh-grader Daniel and his seven-year-old sister, Erica, move from suburban Connecticut to an abandoned farmhouse in rural West Virginia, they learn of a “conjure woman” and her resurrected razorback hog, Bloody Bones. As the tale goes, she abducts a girl every 50 years. After Daniel’s younger sister and her look-alike doll become more withdrawn and disappear into the woods one day, he knows something is terribly wrong. Did the witch strike? He begins to wonder if Erica has been “took.”
Hahn, a former children’s librarian, has been writing children’s books for over thirty years. Her books have sold more than two million copies and have won several awards. She is best known for her ghost stories and mysteries. She describes herself as “an avid reader, traveler and all-around arts lover.” She lives in Maryland, where she was born and raised, and has two grown daughters.