Marilyn coauthored the first
four editions of
Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today's Schools (Merrill/Pearson). Along with more recent editions, these textbooks are sometimes available through online booksellers and E-bay.
Marilyn has written a picture book that is being shopped by her agent. She also has plans for another picture book, a middle grade novel, and three YA novels.
Itís about keeping the faith.
Growing up poor in 1953 in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia has never bothered Lydia Hawkins. She treasures her tight-knit family. Thereís her loving Mama, now widowed; her whip-smart younger brother BJ, who has cystic fibrosis; and wise old Gran. But everything falls apart after Gran and BJ die and Mama is jailed unjustly. Suddenly Lydia loses all those dearest to her.
Moving into a coal camp to live with her Uncle William and Aunt Ethel Mae only makes Lydia feel more alone. She is ridiculed by the kids at her new school for her homemade, outgrown clothes and the way she talks, and for what they believe her mama did. To make matters worse, she discovers her uncle is hiding a secretóabout her.
If only Lydia, with her resilient spirit and determination, could find a way to clear her motherís name. . .
CHILD OF THE MOUNTAINS