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ABOUT D. A. Jennings

D.A. Jennings is an author, poet, storyteller, presenter and teacher of creative writing. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Broadcasting from the University of Texas at El Paso, a master's in Public Human Resources Administration from Central Michigan University, and graduation from the Army Management Staff College.  She teaches creative writing classes at Harford Community College and is a member of the Harford Writers' Group. She holds a special affinity for the American Soldier, based on her thirty-plus years of working as a civilian for the Department of Army.

 

Her recently released middle-grade novel Mia, The Crooked Road, is the sequel to the award-winning Mia, Ripples in the Water. Mia’s most recent adventure has already received acclaim from Kirkus Reviews, a 5-star rating from San Francisco Review and a bronze medal from the 2022 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

 

Other books written by D.A. Jennings include: The Tapping Stick; Cheese? Yes, Please!; Mia, Ripples in the Water; Seize the Cheese; One Hundred Lives; and American Sports Legends.

 

Following is a short narrative about each book, starting with the most recent release.

 

Mia, The Crooked Road, the sequel to Mia's first adventure book, takes her down a road she never expected to travel. This unplanned excursion turns out to be exactly what she needs to find out where she is meant to be. It is a book about self-discovery, friendship, and the difficult journey to forgiveness. And of course, with Mia, you can count on plenty of adventure!

 

The Tapping Stick took shape during the pandemic when the writer observed her two-year-old grandson on a walking trail. He picked up a stick and used it to tap the elongated music chimes, the ground, the rocks, the trunks of trees…ideas began to spark for the author. How else could a child use a stick? And how could this joy be preserved for future generations? The result? The Tapping Stick.

 

Cheese? Yes, Please! is a winner of the Royal Dragonfly Award from Story Monsters and is the second book in Kip’s trilogy. In this book, his life begins a wonderful transition when he finds a friend…someone willing to help him become a better version of himself. Together, they experience an amazing summer of adventure and make-believe.

 

Mia - Ripples in the Water, the author’s multi-award-winning chapter book, is perfect for young readers. Middle school children travel with Mia on her adventure from Italy to Africa as she experiences the joys and dangers of being on her own. If you like adventure, you’ll want to travel with Mia.

 

Seize the Cheese, her third book and first children's illustrated book depicts the escapades of Kip, a mischievous mouse who skitters his way into your funny bone. Invite this mouse into your house and be ready for nonstop mischief.

One Hundred Lives, released in 2016, was her second book. Her poetry captures the essence of the human experience: humor, tragedy, joy, failure, and triumph. It is the poetic version of walking in someone else’s shoes and has become a popular book for public readings.

American Sports Legends, her first book, is a poetic sports trivia challenge to identify 68 sports legends from 1912 through 2015. This book was designed to be enjoyed by individual readers and competitive groups who thrive on sports trivia. This is not for the faint of heart. Knowledge of the athlete’s sport and private life is pivotal to winning.

 

About the Artists:


Victoria Jennings Huling is a graphic designer/illustrator and graduate of Messiah College, Pennsylvania. She created the cover and interior art for: Mia, The Crooked Road; Cheese? Yes, Please!; Seize the Cheese; Mia, Ripples in the Water, One Hundred Lives; and American Sports Legends.

 

Dan Kane is an artist and designer in Brooklyn, New York. He created the cover and interior art for The Tapping Stick.

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