Happy Birthday, Melissa Wiley!

prairiethief_coverMelissa Wiley was born December 17th. In celebration of her birthday we’re making a special offer. The Arrow for The Prairie Thief is:

Half price today only: $4.95! OFFER HAS EXPIRED

Melissa has authored numerous books for kids and teens, including The Prairie Thief, Inch and Roly Make a Wish, Fox and Crow Are Not Friends, and the Martha and Charlotte Little House books (prequels to the Little House on the Prairie series).

In The Prairie Thief, readers “experience life on the prairie—with one fantastical twist!” From Melissa’s website:

Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie is not at all what she expected. Her dear Pa, accused of thievery, is locked thirty miles away in jail. She’s living with the awful Smirches, her closest neighbors and the very family that accused her Pa of the horrendous crime. And now she’s discovered one very cantankerous—and magical—secret beneath the hazel grove. With her life flipped upside-down, it’s up to Louisa, her sassy friend Jessamine, and that cranky secret to save Pa from a guilty verdict.

Last year we interviewed Melissa. She talked about influential authors, the unorthodox use of language in literature, the importance of a good copy editor (a “second set of eyes”), how she started her lovely blog, Here in the Bonny Glen, and much, much more. If you missed it the first time you can listen to the full podcast here!

We recently caught up with Melissa and she told us that she just recorded her often-asked-about-but-hard-to-find book, Hanna’s Christmas, and here it is!

You can read more about how the recording came into being on Melissa’s blog.

So, enjoy the holiday story then take advantage of this special Arrow offer today!

The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

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