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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mary Hamilton

Mary Hamilton

10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

1. I intended to write for adults, but my first story, Hear No Evil, turned out to be a kids’ story. But a lot of adults enjoy reading it, too!

2. Even though I’ve lived in Texas for most of my adult life, I still think of Wisconsin as home. I miss it.

3. I am a true chocoholic. When my kids were little, I used to hide gourmet chocolate chip cookies in the freezer to eat while they were napping.

4. Dog-lover.

5. PK (pastor’s kid)

6. Knitter.

7. Favorite pastime is reading.

8. My favorite bumper sticker is the one on my car while my son was in the Marines. “I may look harmless but I raised a U.S. Marine”

9. Happily married for 30+ years.

10. Prefer my own cooking to eating out, but I don’t especially enjoy cooking.

Pendant

Pendant

Fiction, YA, Middle School, Christian

A field trip gone awry. A student gone missing. Haunted by a teacher's worst nightmare for more than a decade, Elaine finally stumbles onto a vital clue--and discovers someone will do anything to keep the truth buried. When her life is threatened, she allows the one person she trusts to whisk her away to safety in Texas. But assuming a false identity and hiding among the quirky residents of a retirement home is not what she had in mind. Now Elaine must solve the mystery from afar, as soon as she figures out if her friend is keeping her from danger...or keeping her from the truth.

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See No Evil

See No Evil

Fiction, YA, Middle School, Christian

 

Dad drilled into Steven that blindness should never be used as an excuse. So when Steven finds an old triathlon medallion among Dad’s belongings, he’s inspired to follow in his footsteps. Maybe it’ll quiet the guilt he’s carried since Dad’s death three years ago.

While Steven continues his triathlon training during his final summer at camp, a serious illness keeps Rustic Knoll’s beloved Nurse Willie from managing her clinic. When Steven teams up with his friend Claire to encourage Willie’s recovery, his feelings for Claire grow beyond friendship.

But his buddy, Dillon, has started down a dangerous path that Steven knows all too well. Can he keep his friend from falling into that sin without exposing his own past?

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Hear No Evil

Hear No Evil

Fiction, YA, Middle School, Christian

 

“I don’t want you living with me anymore!”

Mom’s parting words as she leaves him at summer camp stun Brady McCaul (13). But he has little time to think about it as camp activities get underway and Taylor, the camp bully targets him with cruel taunts and teasing. Only Brady’s friendship with blind cabin mate, Steven, makes life tolerable, especially when Steven’s spunky friend, Claire, puts Taylor in his place.

But what prompted Mom’s sudden rejection? Brady definitely doesn’t want to live with his workaholic dad, the guy who left six years ago. That means he must get home and try to change Mom’s mind. But life at home is not what he thought.

Can he survive a daring night-time escape across the lake? Will he change his mom’s mind, or will the secret behind her rejection change him?

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Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil

Fiction, YA, Middle Grade, Christian

Taylor Dixon knew having his younger sister, Marissa at camp would be a pain, but he never imagined the pain would go so deep.

Taylor’s words shield a hurting heart, and they’ve have gotten him in trouble more than once. Not only that, but he’s tired of paying the price for Marissa’s misadventures. Right now, he wants nothing more than to get his driver’s license, but Dad says he has to stay out of trouble long enough to prove he’s responsible–an impossible task with Marissa around.

Taylor returns to Rustic Knoll Bible Camp expecting the usual sermons, softball and swimming. Instead, he discovers a vintage Mustang in the camp’s machine shed, and the owner’s invitation to help restore it fuels his dream of becoming a race car driver. But Marissa joins Taylor at camp and falls for his snobbish cabin mate. Her thirst for excitement pulls Taylor into a rivalry of words and deeds that threatens to destroy not only Taylor’s hopes of getting his license, but also his dreams for the future.

Can Taylor keep the lid on Marissa’s antics? Or will the message hidden in the old car’s engine change his attitude before it’s too late?

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