Lorraine lives in Gilbert, Arizona, and writes stories about tweens, teens, and fantastical worlds. While she has attempted to write non-magical stories, her characters have refused to stay reality grounded, leaping off the pages to fly. So she gave up trying to be what she is not, accepting her role of a fantasy writer who hopes to share magic with the world.
Lorraine enjoys connecting with others in literature and is enthusiastic about sharing writing tips. Drop by to say hello at www.lorrainehawley.com for upcoming events, releases, and other musings of an untethered mind.
Curious World of Dandy-Lion
by Lorraine Hawley
Illustrated by Jocie Salveson
Sweet. Empowering. Fantastical.
A remarkable sensitive girl struggles to make friends in an impossible fifth-grade world filled with magical creatures only she can see. In a small Indiana town, Meredith experiences whimsical within the mundane. Fireflies dance inside lampposts, flowers wave in greeting, and an opinionated beetle named Floss wreaks havoc on her life. No one believes her—not even her parents—but more
pressing problems are at hand. The widower neighbor, who is like her grandparent, won’t leave his home. He has been jinxed, Meredith believes, by Billy, aka her bully. Desperate to free Mr. Dally, Meredith devises a plan. What can go wrong?
With Floss sabotaging her? Everything. The task may be more than she can handle alone. When Meredith meets Jax, a curious boy who claims to see her extraordinary friends. He agrees to help. Against her better judgment, Meredith leads him inside her fantastical world only to discover Jax has plans of his own.
Paperback, ages 9-12, 6"x9"
Available November 2, 2021