Marilyn Sue Shank


"My mama's in jail. It ain't right. I got to get her out. But how?"

If only Lydia, with her resilient spirit and determination, could find a way to clear her motherís name . . .

Available April 2012, from Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House

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Marilyn Sue Shank, a proud West Virginian, earned her Ph.D. in special education from the University of Kansas where she majored in learning disabilities and behavior disorders and minored in counseling psychology and families with disabilities. She has taught general and special education at elementary, secondary, and college levels.
Marilyn has published in professional journals and co-authored the first four editions of Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today's Schools. Child of the Mountains is her first work of fiction. She lives in West Virginia with her three rescued dogs.


Marilyn is represented by Christine Witthohn at Book Cents Literary Agency. 

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"I love it! The voice is so pure and true it's hard to believe this is fiction. Definitely a book to treasure."
Han Nolan--National Book Award winner
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