Barbe Turner

Barbe Turner is a quiet, unassuming wife, mother of three, and grandmother of five with a love for life, travel, dance, children, dogs and adventure. She's traveled the world, owned a ballroom dance studio, danced competitively in American smooth and rhythm styles of dance, ridden in numerous biker rallies, and presided over many a PTA meeting. Her favorite spot on earth is in her cabin high on a mountain top in rural Idaho where her favorite activity is sipping a glass of wine while watching hawks soar, elk  ...See more >

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"An imaginative, playful book about accepting and embracing differences."

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Hometown Dallas, TX

Favorite author John Irving

Favorite book Auntie Mame

Day job Partner, okWard, LLC

Favorite line from a book "If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear." - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Favorite word cunundrum

Unexpected skill or talent ballroom dancer

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ISBN: 978-1612541754
Page count: 68pp

An offbeat young boy, a well-liked student and an ingenious teacher meet in this debut children’s book.

Zack “Zim” Zimmerman is one of the most popular fifth-graders at William E. Zane Elementary School. He has a ton of friends, gets good grades and is among the stars of the Knights soccer team. His classmate Maralissa Lou, on the other hand, has a strange name, “two too-large ears and a small crop of unruly brown hair right in the center of the top” of his head, and a rather eclectic wardrobe. When Zim and his friends reject him, their resourceful teacher, Miss Poppycock, creates the Secret Drawer Club to make them all mingle. Poppycock puts a notebook in Zim’s desk and gives him various quests to complete with the other kids. By the end, everyone has learned a little more about each other and about acceptance. Maralissa Lou is a fun, frothy character who’s a great role model for kids: He knows he’s a bit odd, but he accepts his differences with the knowledge that they make him special. Zim is also highly relatable, as he shows that doing the right thing can sometimes be hard; in the end, he learns a lesson and becomes a better person. The prose is a bit basic, but children will be held by Holzschuh’s illustrations, although they might have been lovelier in full color. The foreword and short poem by Coker, however, seem strange additions for a kids’ book, even if the verse is about Maralissa Lou. Overall, though, Turner’s book is a sweet read for children and adults, particularly at the beginning of a new school year.

An imaginative, playful book about accepting and embracing differences.