My name is Mary Atkinson and I live in Maine. I’m a former teacher and educational consultant who now works full time as a published poet and writer for children and young adults. I have an MA Ed from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College, Montpelier, VT.
I hope you enjoy visiting my site and reading some poetry. Check out my blog, too!
Tillie Heart and Soul
“A warm and lively narrative…and outstanding tale!”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) and a Kirkus Best Indie Book of 2017!
Ten-year-old Tillie practices roller skating wherever she can—even in the old Franklin Piano Factory where she lives with her guardian Uncle Fred. She has to be in the Skate-a-thon with her friends. Surely Mama wouldn’t miss it! But skating in the city is tough, three-way friendships are tricky, and the stupid rules in Mama’s rehab program could mess up all her plans.
Holly’s stuck at the lake for summer vacations. Usually, she loves the lake. But not this year. This year, Mom and Dad aren’t staying. She’s not going to have any fun. Her older brother Nick won’t play with her, and Gram never lets her do anything. When Holly hears the ancient and mysterious call of an owl, she’s certain he’s calling just to her and that she must find him.