Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt
Shannon Holt

Twenty three years ago Kimberly Willis Holt stopped talking about wanting to be a writer and started to pursue her dream. Because of her family's Louisiana roots she considers herself a southerner, but her father's military career took her to places beyond the South, including Paris and Guam. She's the author of nineteen books for a wide range of ages, many of which have won awards and honors. Her third novel, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Her latest title is a middle grade novel, Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel. She writes and gardens in Texas.

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Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel
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Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel

Kimberly Willis Holt
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

With unwavering emotion and masterful storytelling, National Book Award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt explores themes of loss, family, love, and the importance of finding a place to call...

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Skinny Brown Dog
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Skinny Brown Dog

Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Donald Saaf
Square Fish
Square Fish

Benny the baker leads a simple life. He makes delicious cakes, cookies, and muffins, and keeps his customers well fed and happy. When a skinny brown dog shows up on Benny's doorstep, nothing Benny...

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Dear Hank Williams
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Dear Hank Williams

Kimberly Willis Holt
Square Fish
Square Fish

It's 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee's new teacher has just given her class an assignment—learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind:...

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Dinner with the Highbrows

Dinner with the Highbrows

Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Kyrsten Brooker
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Bernard has never been to dinner at a friend's house before. His mother gives him quite the list of rules to follow—no elbows on the table, put your napkin on your lap, don't talk with food in...

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Piper Reed, Forever Friend
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Piper Reed, Forever Friend

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
Square Fish

Piper Reed is excited to move to a new state and catch up with old friends. But the move doesn't go as smoothly as she expected: Piper has trouble feeling accepted in her new surroundings. But then...

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Piper Reed, Rodeo Star
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Piper Reed, Rodeo Star

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
Square Fish

Piper's parents are going on vacation to France and not taking the whole family. What rotten luck! Still, Piper always looks on the bright side. The Reed sisters will be visiting their two sets of...

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The Water Seeker
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The Water Seeker

Kimberly Willis Holt
Square Fish
Square Fish

Amos Kincaid is the son of a dowser—a person gifted in knowing how to "find" water deep in the ground. As a young person, Amos doesn't reveal his gift to others; he's not sure he wants the burden....

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Keeper of the Night
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Keeper of the Night

Kimberly Willis Holt
Square Fish
Square Fish

A powerful novel about family, grief, and strength from the award-winning author of When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

Kimberly Willis Holt
Square Fish
Square Fish

National Book Award Winner

The red words painted on the trailer caused quite a buzz around town and before an hour was up, half of Antler was standing in line with two dollars clutched...

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Piper Reed, Navy Brat
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Piper Reed, Navy Brat

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
Square Fish

When a man joins the Navy, his family joins the Navy.

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Piper Reed, Campfire Girl
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Piper Reed, Campfire Girl

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
Square Fish

Piper's family is going camping on Halloween, and she's determined to make it a holiday to remember.

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Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen
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Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
Square Fish

Piper is dead-set on winning the Gypsy Club Pet Show—if only her dog could learn a few tricks!

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Piper Reed, Party Planner
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Piper Reed, Party Planner

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
Square Fish

Every club needs a clubhouse, and Piper Reed isn't going to give up until the Gypsy Club has one!

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My Louisiana Sky
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My Louisiana Sky

Kimberly Willis Holt
Square Fish
Square Fish

My Louisiana Sky is a 1998 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Fiction.

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The Adventures of Granny Clearwater and Little Critter
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The Adventures of Granny Clearwater and Little Critter

Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrator Laura Huliska-Beith
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

The Clearwater family is heading west in their covered wagon. But when Granny and Little Critter are accidentally thrown from the back, they are suddenly on their own. Full of determination and armed...

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Part of Me
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Part of Me

Kimberly Willis Holt
Square Fish
Square Fish

The lives of four generations of one Louisiana family are woven together by a master story-teller.

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Piper Reed Gets a Job
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Piper Reed Gets a Job

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt, illustrated by Christine Davenier
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Piper Reed and her fellow Gypsy Club members are in need of a clubhouse. Raising money to buy one proves a challenge. Piper, being the resourceful fifth grader that she is, launches her own party-planning...

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