Letters

This section holds letters I've received about my school, book store, conference and library presentations, as well as letters about my books. I'll be adding to this slowly - going through my files.


From Susan Voake, School Librarian, Marion Cross School, Norwich Vermont, May 16, 2006:

To Whom It May Concern:
I am happy to share our experiences with Vermont children's author, Judy Edwards. She visited our elementary school today and met with children in 3rd and 5th grade. In conjunction with their study of biography wriring, Judy met with each fifth grade class. The children were very engaged and asked questions for the full forty-five minutes. She shared her experiences working wih an editor, the revising process, how the illustrations can complement the text (or not); shared her passion for historical research and her drive to write. The teachers were pleased with her recommendations that children get into the habit of expressing their thoughts on paper, journaling events in their lives that bring up feelings; and she clear connected with the children. They were nodding their heads when she said, "if you're a writer, you'd better write."

Judy's presentation based on her book, The Great Expedition of Lewis and Clark, was a hit with our third grades...The book is narrated by a lesser-known member of the Corps of Discovery, which gave Judy the opportunity to talk with the children about using her imagination to give this first-person narrator a voice. She dramatized the Corps' experiences with Native American tribes, Sacagawea's assistance, the disappointment of finding the Rocky Mountains instead of the hoped-for Northwest Passage, and their triumphant return to St. Louis. She had many artifacts that the children were able to see and handled.

We found Judy to be extremely flexible, eager to tailor her presentations to the teachers' needs, warm, and willing to work hard, meeting with five groups of children. It was an inspiring visit for our kids.

Sincerely, Susan Voake


Marion Austin, on March 27, 2006,coordinator of the New Hampshire Children's Literature Conference, writes:

Dear Judith:
Thank you so much for being part of our Children's Literature Conference. Your illustrated presentations awakened many people's interest in history, especially the young people who attended.
The Lindbergh book is great! I couldn't put it down until I finished reading it...I hope that our paths may cross again. I have enjoyed meeting you and wish you success with continued writing.

Sincerely, Marion

Selected Works

The second of the trilogy on the Civilian Conservation Corps and Will Ryan. A dangerous wildfire on Ascutney Mountain, an unexpected blizzard, secrets from the past, and the new girl at school are just some of the challenges facing Will
Middle Grade Historical Fiction
Subtitled "The Adventures of Will Ryan and the Civilian Conservation Corps, this is the first of three books starring Will Ryan and his friends in the CCC. See full description by clicking on the title "Invasion...."
Final book in the "Will and the CCC" series on the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Ascutney CCC company finishes the road to the top of the mountain, Will saves the lives of hikers and a house about to be consumed by fire, he tours Coolidge State Park. Will and Carrie, nearing the end of high school and readying for college, realize their friendship has grown into something they want to last the rest of their livestrilogy
Children’s Historical
“The narrator’s undimmed enthusiasm for new sights and experiences lends rare immediacy...”
--Booklist
Non-Fiction, Adult, Psychology
This is a book about survival - of trauma, of the beliefs and defenses we form around that hurt, and how we can change ourselves and our lives for fulfillment and happiness.
Middle School/High School History
“Provides a glimpse into the struggles Hudson and his men met...[a] sense of immediacy and life!”
--Children’s Literature Review