1. Mary will be at a booksigning for her "Link Across America" book about the
Lincoln Highway from 9:00AM-6:00PM on July 1, 2013.
This will take place in conjunction with the Official Lincoln Highway Centennial
Celebration occurring June 30 & July 1 at the Great Platte River Road Archway
near Kearney, Nebraska. Also taking place during the celebration will be a Parade
of Packards at 12:45 on July 1 led by Henry B. Joy IV, descendent of Henry B. Joy,
the former President of the Packard Motor Company and a driving force behind
the Lincoln Highway Association. Several national speakers will be discussing the
history of the Lincoln Highway during the centennial program beginning at 1:00PM.
Copies of "Link Across America" will be available for sale at the booksigning.
Prior to the event they may be purchased at from Amazon.com at:
During the booksigning, Mary would love to discuss "all things Lincoln Highway"
with you and to have a chance to sign a copy of her book for you.
Note: Mary is available to speak to your church or other organization
regarding: "All About Books: From A to Z".
She's also available to speak to school students or Parent/Teacher Organizations
regarding her books, the subject of bullying behavior and/or the topic of writing.
Teacher and Student Study Guides are now available for "Gracie
Please contact the author at e-mail:
Latest Release: "GRACIE GANNON: MIDDLE SCHOOL ZERO"
DID YOU KNOW everyday an estimated 160,000 kids in the United States don't go to school because of bullies?
an estimated three out of every four American children
will experience bullying sometime during their school
years -- either as victims, bullies, or as uncomfortable
Gannon deals with
the bullying from the “clique” of her sixth grade
classmates. Instead of letting the exclusions, name
calling, whispers and eye rolling get the best of her,
Gracie rises above the tormenting, develops coping
skills and becomes comfortable with who she is.
this book belongs
in every home with a middle grade child, as well as in
all middle school libraries.
A WELL WRITTEN COMING OF AGE
Middle School is where life
begins to drastically change for children, and Gracie
Gannon is no different. "Gracie Gannon: Middle School
Zero" is Gracie's story of adapting to the harsh world
of Junior High, where she seems to be at the bottom of
the totem pole and even her former best friend ignores
her. She finds hope and happiness with people she'd
never expect. A well written coming of age novel,
"Gracie Gannon: Middle School Zero" is highly
recommended for community library young adult fiction
-- MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
(Oregon, WI USA)
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Lincoln, NE writer,
Mary Elizabeth Anderson captures the excruciating pains
and laugh-out-loud moments of growing up and getting
through the school day in Gracie Gannon: Middle School
Zero (Rayve Productions). It wouldn't be a bad idea to
make this required reading for all middle school
students--for fun or as part of a class project. This
book carries a great message. The story is fun to read
without being preachy.
-- Carol Bicak, Children's
Review Editor, Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, NE USA)
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As in her previous
books, Anderson shows her ability to get into the
feelings of her characters. Gracie is a
middle school student who is the object of
bulling and other issues. The popular girls make fun
of her, and her best friend avoids her. There are
problems with life at home too, and Gracie is
beginning to feel hopeless, that she's a nothing.
But then Gracie meets people who value her and help
her to turn things around. She works through her
trials and becomes a young lady with
self-confidence, new friends and a greater
understanding of others.
Middle school students as well as many adults
will readily identify with Gracie, having endured
similar experiences themselves in their teen years.
This story shows young readers they are not alone in
their social fears and self-doubts. Adults who have
youngsters in their lives will buy this book to
share with their kids, and it can be of use to
teachers and other youth leaders when they address
the subject of bullying.
-- Ellen Campbell, Writer
(Central City, NE)
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Gannon can't afford contacts (Dad was laid off), her
clothes are a mess, and she struggles with math. Worse
yet, her old friend has turned against her.
something, though, that some girls her age would die
for: two devoted parents. Through encouragement from her
mother and her church group, Gracie overcomes her
shyness by focusing on the needs of others. She
befriends a deaf girl, and an overweight camper, and
learns much from each. Her new-found wisdom enables her
to enjoy these friendships to mutual benefit. She moves
beyond her self-centeredness to self-confidence. Good
lessons for any age.
shines a spotlight on alcoholism, shows the terror of
learning someone you love has cancer, and a close-up
view of divorce.
But all is
not grim! Gracie feels the first stirrings of physical
attraction. She gets a perm! Her schoolwork improves,
with a little help from her friend. And during summer
camp she envisions a future career, a worthy goal.
in this story are believable. Hair is big in the life of
the middle-schooler. Fashion reigns. And the dialog is
use this book as a chapter read before bed. It also
makes a good car book, to be enjoyed on the way to
school, on the daily commute.
Mary Canvan, Editor/Book Reviewer.
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I loved the
characters. I liked the short chapters. Everyone should
read this. Brilliant.
Alicia, Age 10.
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No one said attending
middle school would be easy, challenging--yes,
predictable--no. Gracie, the protagonist in "Gracie
Gannon: Middle School Zero", takes us through the
emotional highs and lows of school, friendships,
birthday sleep-overs, and family life in this chapter
book for readers of ages 8-12, and through the journey
puts a spotlight on the hurts and damage caused by
-- WRITERS INFORMATION NETWORK
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I loved everything about
the story of Gracie Gannon. I shared it with my best
friend and she loved it, too. We think you should write
more Gracie Gannon books. I think you're a great author.
Elizabeth Flint, Glenwood, IA
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"Gracie Gannon: Middle
School Zero" is a story that will hit close to home for
the 'tween who feels out of sync with her world. The
book presents an upbeat story with a positive message
that while not everything can be fixed, we can meet life
with confidence and compassion. Sixth grader Gracie
Gannon reaches out and discovers that friendship means
being there for the bad times as well as the good.
-- AUTHOR'S CHOICE REVIEWS
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Elizabeth Anderson has captured the feelings of what it
means to be a young teenager. "Gracie" wins your heart.
The book teaches young girls that most girls that age
have insecurities; and, you can't always judge another
by their actions. A solution to losing friends is look
for someone who needs a friend. There are life issues
that make our own problems seem less troublesome. Gracie
Gannon learns all of these lessons in this book and will
give the young reader insights into how to cope in the
"middle school" environment. I gave this book to my
granddaughters with the hope that by identifying with
Gracie, they will be able to make it through the
pre-teen and young teenage years with poise and
-- A Must Read for all Middle School Girls,
December 12, 2007 By Kay V. Hulme "G'ma Kay" (Lincoln
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Elizabeth Anderson has written a book that I look
forward to reading to my three young grand daughters
when they become "of age". Through Gracie Gannon, she
has exposed many of the problems facing young girls
today. While giving in to peer pressure, struggling to
"fit in", and going along with the crowd of bullies
would have been the easy way out, Gracie has chosen the
higher road. It is her strength of character, concern
for her ill mother, and efforts of inclusiveness that
make her character the one you would like to see more
young girls emulate. Being a friend for life is
difficult, but it is that loyalty that endears the
reader to Gracie. It is a great book about making
difficult choices and valuing others because of who they
are rather than what they have!.
-- Diana K. Frank (Lincoln, NE)
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GRACIE GANNON: MIDDLE SCHOOL ZERO is a story about a sixth-grade student, who thinks she is a misfit. Gracie is bullied and taunted by
the school clique. As the story unfolds, readers watch Gracie come into her own as she learns how to deal with the bullying by standing
up and believing in herself. "Gracie" is an encouraging novel that offers coping skills for middle-grade kids.
-- Erin Murphy of the Lincoln-Journal Star (Lincoln, NE)
"We read to learn we are not alone."
children or grandchildren in a library adventure to foster a
lifelong love of reading.
Nick McElroy, age six,
Mary's youngest grandchild.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary Elizabeth, known as Mary, Mary Liz, or just plain Liz, can remember the first time she
started to call herself a writer. "I was around nine or ten years of age, and had a
favorite aunt who was very ill. I wanted to make my aunt feel better, so decided to create a
weekly newspaper. I filled this
newspaper with all sorts of information about my family, drew
worked out some crossword puzzles. Just like the kinds of things you
a regular newspaper. My aunt liked this paper so much that I soon
giving it out to other aunts and uncles, grandparents, and anyone
wanted to read it. It took a lot of time, because everything had to
or written by hand. I liked doing it, and decided at
that I wanted to become a newspaper reporter when I grew up.
grew up in Shenandoah, Iowa, where I attended school from
kindergarten through high school. I spent lots of time at the public
library during my childhood. For me, the library represented a
magical place. A place where I could spend a summer's afternoon
actually sitting on the floor and pulling out book after
book--reading parts from each one, in order to find the perfect
books to check out that day. I loved to thumb through all the
magazines in the library. An exciting thing happened when I actually
started to write for them.
My childhood library brought magic into my life. It swept me to
faraway places, filled me with the love of reading, and instilled a
dream within me to someday become a writer of children's books. In
fact, I still remember the exact day I decided I'd like to become a
writer of children's books. I can still feel the heat from the sun,
feel perspiration dripping down my forehead, and can hear the
crunching sound my sandals made walking on the gravel, as I made the
long hot walk to the library. I remember looking down at the books I
carried and thinking "Wouldn't it be the most wonderful thing in the
world to see my name on the cover of a book someday?" And then I
thought, "How cool that the book would be around for years and years
and lots of kids would have a chance to read it."
Shenandoah, Iowa Public Library
The author at age 13 with
older sister Pat and younger brother Dan.
The author at age 10.
My dream of writing didn't come to fruition until January 1991. The
night the Persian Gulf War began, I took my first writing class at
Central Community College in Grand Island, Nebraska. "Writing For Profit" intrigued me so much
that I signed up for "Writing For Profit Two". These two courses
stimulated and inspired me. They also taught valuable marketing
skills. After these two classes I jumped right into the process and
wrote an article about draft horses, which RURAL HERITAGE accepted.
I then decided to write greeting cards for Blue Mountain Arts, and
had several accepted. Many articles and stories later I started
teaching "Freelance Writing for Profit & Pleasure" at community
colleges throughout Nebraska.
Good friends from Iowa introduced me to the Lincoln Highway,
the first transcontinental highway across the United States. This
information aroused me to action. I decided to write a children's
book titled LINK ACROSS AMERICA: A STORY OF THE HISTORICAL LINCOLN
HIGHWAY. Because of this book I became acquainted with the Lincoln
Highway Association and other people interested in the route. I
started to give school visits, and also speeches about the highway
to various civic organizations and book clubs.
Soon I became busy working on many book projects. JayJo
Publishers published TAKING CEREBRAL PALSY TO SCHOOL in the fall of
2000.I dedicated the book to Chad Madson of Lincoln, Nebraska. I
gathered valuable information concerning writing through my
attendance at many writers conferences and workshops, and by
consuming a shelf full of writing books. In August of 2001 two more
book contracts IT'S ME AGAIN, GOD, and WHY DID THEY BUILD A FENCE?
came my way. Three weeks later a contract from Warner Press for my
manners book EVER WONDER WHAT TO DO.
I appreciate everyone who has decided to visit my web site.
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