Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty Someone New by Anne Sibley O'Brien        
Willa of the Wood
Meet the author
Robert Beatty
(Ages 8–12)
Someone New
Meet the author
Anne Sibley O'Brien
(Ages 5-8)

Beth Fine

Dear Reader,

Reared in Texas, I had adventures galore: riding horses all summer, wading in the bayou behind our neighborhood, and reading books from the library. At age nine, I wrote a book about a rambunctious tomboy who disappeared one rainy day. Searchers found her raft stuck in a nearby river, a horse bridle floating, and a sandal on the bank. My teacher read the book in class. The kids liked it because they knew my experiences had built the story. That's a secret authors know!

When grown, I moved around, gained new experiences, and gradually began creating a mystery series called The Picaresque of Ímagine Purple. Since a picaresque requires an adventurous journey full of honorable deeds and roguish characters, I made Ímagine a teacher-turned detective. Ima (her nickname) had to be tough and smart enough to travel the world and fight off rascals thwarting her investigations.

After finishing a few Imasodes (Ima + Episode), I still needed a place to start. While living in Canada, I heard about the Last Passenger Train Across Newfoundland. It offered the perfect kickoff! Visit my website to see maps and summaries of Ima's travels plus to enter the contest for a signed copy.

Beth Fine

The Picaresque of Ímagine Purple / Beth Fine / Tate Publishing & Enterprises

Price: $21.99 / ISBN: 978-1621478829 / Published: March, 2013

Ages 10+ / YA Fiction