Danny's Dragon: A Story of Wartime Loss and Recovery

9-year-old Danny can't believe his father's died in the Iraq war. He blames himself and his horse, Dragon, for his loss. His family, torn apart by grief, is losing their Montana ranch. Danny hates Denver and the large school where an Iraqi is his classmate. At first he wanted to hate his horse, but when Dragon is lost, he only wants him back. Dragon and a wise teacher help heal his broken heart.

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About Janet Muirhead Hill

Janet Muirhead Hill is the author of elevenpublished novels for children ages 8-14. She co-authored curriculum units to adapt the novels for use in classrooms and home schools.

Hill has presented many writing and publishing workshops across the state and in Colorado and Oregon. She is available to present workshops to fit one, two, three, four, or five days of instruction depending on the needs and time schedules of her sponsors and students. She has conducted many one-day school visits in Montana and Colorado, and has plans for longer residencies. She wrote and published comprehensive workbooks for use with her three, four, and five-day writing workshops. She is listed in the Artist's Registry of the Montana Arts Council.

Her published children’s and young adult novels include the award-winning Miranda and Starlight series of six books, Danny’s Dragon, a Story of Wartime Loss, winner of the Eric Hoffer Award, and a trilogy about twins, separated at a young age and searching for each other. Kyleah’s Tree, a finalist for both the High Plains Book Award and USA Book News, Best Book Award, is the the girl twin's story. It's companion novel, Kendall's Storm, silver medal winner of the Moonbeam Award, is the boy twin's story. Kendall and Kyleah, is the third book of the series completes their story. Her most recent book is Call Me Captain a story about a 13-year-old rich kid who is both smart, and smart-mouthed searching for his place in the world—and finding when forced to "volunteer" in a homeless shelter.

Hill calls the writing she does “true fiction,” because, she says, “My goal is to tell the truth about the human experience, its dilemmas, natural responses, and emotions through fictional characters; characters children relate to; characters who will help them better understand themselves, giving them comfort and encouragement in their own lives.”

Ms. Hill spends much of her free time enjoying the outdoors, her horses, and most of all her family, which includes eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She writes and publishes from her home office in rural Montana near the Madison River.

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