Merrill authors Barbara Ann Philleo and Ann M. Andrashie will present their new titles, Sticks and Stones and Dog Island respectively, at Book World, 921 E. Main St., Merrill on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ann M. Andrashie was born and half-raised in the Chicago area. She and her family moved to the Wisconsin Northwoods when she was 12. A knack for writing gained Ann employment consisting of writing newsletters and advertising while working for several businesses. Forever writing unshared stories, it wasn’t until her twins were raised did Ann finally find time to get truly serious about her stories.
Her current novel, Dog Island, sets a young girl in the Wisconsin Northwoods, where she forges a friendship with a dog gone wild in the swamps. Will she seek out the legendary Dog Island, next to the Apostles, to save the dog’s life and that of her wolf pups, or will she come to her senses before it’s too late? Ann’s next release, What Say You? is a fun and thought provoking snippet book filled with a collection of quotes~ thoughts~ philosophies that have been submitted personally to her from the famous to everyday people far and near. What Say You? will be available in November. Her next novel, The Caregiver is due for its launch in spring of 2014.
Barbara Ann Philleo, described as imaginative and creative, translates these qualities deftly into her writing of teen literature. Born in New York, she and her family moved to the Midwest when she was nine. A love of writing propelled her into the journalism field and later into writing her own books. A mother of five, she puts the same effort into her writing as she did in raising her family. Her desire with both was – and is – to make an impact on youth. Philleo is also the author of Candlecurse: The Adventures of Molly Wiggins and Taco and the second in the series, Monster Mountain Mystery: The Adventures of Molly Wiggins and Taco. Currently she is working on Partners In Crime: The Adventures of Molly Wiggins and Taco, which completes the trilogy.
Her latest release, Sticks and Stones is timely in the world of today’s youth. Although it may have been years ago and all but disappeared, a bullying incident can impact a person’s future. Many of the tragic events that have taken place in schools in recent years have come as a result of children who have been bullied. Sticks and Stones addresses this very relevant issue of bullying. Thirteen-year-old Sarah Jo Foster finds herself dealing with bullies at the school she attends, after her family moves to a new town. Her strong faith in God, as well as her good friend Abby, buoy her up during her darkest hours. This book was written with the intention of showing young readers that they are not alone in the world of bullying. An easy read, Sticks and Stones is an absorbing vehicle that transports the reader through all the challenges Sarah Jo faces, with solutions of a practical and spiritual nature for young people to draw on.