Award-Winning Author, Jane Kurtz, Celebrates
Anna Was Here Release with Blog Tour

New Book Offers Optimistic, Humorous Insight in the Life of a Tween

PORTLAND, Ore.—February 19, 2014—Award-winning author Jane Kurtz is celebrating the release of her new book, Anna Was Here, with a blog tour February 23-28, 2014. Blog tours allow authors/illustrators, students, educators and book lovers to connect “virtually” through interviews on websites, podcasts, blog sites and on-line radio shows. 
Kurtz says, “It’s ironic that reviewers have used the word ‘hilarious’ to describe a book about a girl who is struggling with the big question of why bad things happen to good kids.  But anyone who has lived through a natural disaster—as I have—knows that any answers we have for such things are pretty puny.  Humor is one thing that gets us through. And something else that gets us through huge and small hard times is a good book!”
About Anna Was Here
Ten-year-old Anna Nickel is facing disaster! Her father has decided to move the family back to Oakwood, Kansas, to help with a church there. New friends, new school, a new community, and a family of strangers await, and what is even worse, it is all smack-dab in the middle of Tornado Alley. This beautifully written novel introduces a family who takes God's teachings to heart while finding many occasions to laugh along the way, and an irrepressible and wholesome ten-year-old who, with a little help from Midnight H. (her cat), takes control of her destiny.
ABOUT Authors Jane Kurtz
Jane Kurtz spent most of her childhood in Ethiopia. She has written about her childhood, her own children's lives, and people who change the world in such books as Martin's Dream (Simon & Schuster) and the middle grade novels that accompany the 2010 American Girl Doll of the Year, Lanie, an outside-loving girl who discovers she can help the earth from her own back yard. Jane received her BA from Monmouth College in Illinois and her MA in English from the University of North Dakota. She is now on the faculty of the low-residency Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in children's and YA literature, lives in Portland, Oregon, and travels nationally and internationally to speak and to volunteer for Ethiopia Reads, a nonprofit, putting books and reading opportunities into children’s hands in Ethiopia.  For more information, check or contact Michele Kophs, Event Coordinator at 360.597.3432.
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