Melissa Wiley

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Melissa Wiley is the author of the Inch and Roly series and other books for children, including The Prairie Thief and two series of novels about the ancestors of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She lives in San Diego with her comic-book-writing husband, a half dozen kids, and about 3,000 books. She blogs about her family’s reading life at Here in the Bonny Glen:

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Books by this Author

Inch and Roly and the Sunny Day Scare
Inch and Roly and the Very Small Hiding Place
The Prairie Thief
Inch and Roly Make a Wish

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire. -- W. B. Yeats

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Gardening

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. L.M. Montgomery, Maud Hart Lovelace, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Elizabeth Goudge, A.S. Byatt, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Fred Chappell, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Madeleine L'Engle, Katharine S. White, Monica Furlong, and I could keep this up all day.

Author Voices

October 19, 2012

For nearly eight years, I've been blogging about the books my children and I love. Now I'm putting together a master list of all those posts--hundreds of suggestions for picture books, early readers, graphic novels, middle-grade novels, YA, and other titles we've enjoyed. Here's the link:

Happy reading!

June 22, 2012

I didn’t mean to reread The Blue Castle again, but then I never do plan it; I just seem to tumble into it on a regular basis. Somehow it gets better, richer, every time. I feel like I could walk out my back door and be in Muskoka, watching the moon over the lake. You wouldn’t think it possible Montgomery could make any place sound as lovely as Prince Edward Island, but oh, those woods, those views.

I love L.M. Montgomery’s character transformations, and Valancy’s arc is one of her best—as satisfying as see more


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