Happy 80th, Mary Haynes! (Juvenile writer: "Wordchanger," 1983)
(too old to reply)
2018-06-01 15:52:31 UTC
Born in Duluth, Minnesota, she became a teacher and now lives in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. (Which makes her the ONLY living children's writer that I know of who's 80 or older and who lives in that state!)

(five book covers - the photos of women do not include the author)

One reviewer, in 2009, said of "Wordchanger":

"...It's an unusual story, but Mary Haynes writes in such a frank, realistic way as to make you suspend your disbelief quite easily. It seems it could be good for ages over 12 too, since it doesn't read like a kitschy sci fi, or wacky kid's story, and it makes you realize how word changing can make all the difference, especially in that our culture today has everything in writing."


Pot Belly Tales (juvenile), illustrated by Michael J. Deraney, Lothrop, 1982.
("Follows the up-and-down fortunes of an iron pot belly stove from its manufacture in 1888 - all the way through a century of changing fashions in heating.")

Wordchanger (juvenile), illustrated by Eric Nones, Lothrop, 1983.
("Twelve-year-old William discovers his stepfather has created a machine capable of changing the printed word and fears that his intentions are sinister." "William worries about how his stepfather, Bruno, is going to use a machine he created that can change what is written in books, so William and his mother run away with the device.")

Raider's Sky (juvenile), Lothrop, 1987.
("After a chemical accident kills off most of the world's population, twelve-year-old Pokey escapes from the regimentation of the Children's Concern and finds a new life and hope for the future with a group of elderly people living in West Virginia.")

Catch the Sea (juvenile), Bradbury, 1989.
("While her artist father is away trying to arrange a much-needed exhibition, thirteen-year-old Lily stays alone at the beach cottage in which they've spent the summer and discovers her own inner strengths and resources and some evidence of an artistic talent that she's always been afraid to test.")

The Great Pretenders (juvenile), Bradbury, 1990.
("Eleven-year-old Molly has gotten off on the wrong foot in her new town by insulting the mayor's daughter, but with the help of her baseball prowess and two friends she hopes to redeem herself during the Fourth of July parade.")

2018-06-01 15:54:59 UTC

(you can see an extra cover for "Wordchanger" here)