When Michelle Isenhoff's not writing imaginary adventures, she’s probably off on one. She loves roller coasters and swimming in big waves. She’s an avid runner. She likes big dogs, high school football games, old graveyards, and wearing flip-flops all winter. Her dream vacation would include lots of castle ruins, but so far she’s had to settle for pictures on Pinterest. Once an elementary teacher, Michelle now homeschools two of her three kids and looks forward to summer break as much as they do.
In a genre dominated by traditional publishers, Michelle has received the following accolades:
Nominated for a 2013 Cybils Award (Song of the Mountain)
Semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review 2013 Book Awards (Song of the Mountain)
Considered for the 2012 Great Michigan Read (Divided Decade Trilogy)
Nominated for the 2012 Maine Student Book Award (The Color of Freedom)
Candle Star logo whiteMichelle’s books have been lauded by teachers and homeschoolers alike. Educators are invited to request free digital copies. Michelle is also pleased to provide complimentary copies to book reviewers.
Taylor didn't want to be sucked into a supernatural world of angels and their adversaries. He wants the mission assigned him even less. The Flame of Findul–the sword that guards the Tree of Life–has been allowed to burn out. The only way to avoid worldwide disaster is to relight it in the forge of Findul the Firesmith. Taylor has been chosen for this task. But there is one who stands in his way.
Divided Decade Trilogy, book 3
After four uncertain years of war, Grace Nickerson is desperate to patch together what is left of her community and return to some sense of normalcy. But soon after his return, her father sells the farm and drags the family off to a lumber camp in Michigan’s northern wilderness. Will Grace ever find the peace and security she knew before the war?
Orphaned at a young age, thirteen-year-old Song Wei has grown up listening to his grandfather recite legends of the distant past. But his own past is a closely guarded secret. Then Song discovers an heirloom that links him to an ancient prophecy. His destiny lies within the old tales. Song must follow the path that killed his father.
If you owned a pen that wrote the future, would you use it? What if the consequences spread like ripples in a pond? What if they raged out of control? What if the pen demanded tribute...in blood? (Watch the trailer.)
Early chapter book. “Gloria Jean Gatsby!”
Uh-oh! Mom only uses my whole name if she’s mad at me, or when she’s really proud, like when I graduated from kindergarten. When she’s proud her eyes start leaking and she says a bunch of sappy junk. But I don’t hear any sappy junk now, so this is probably a mad yell. And I bet I know why...
Hannah craves excitement, but all local adventures dried up long ago, when her parents unpacked their wagon on the Michigan frontier. When war breaks out, her father and brother leave to fight the Confederacy. Then the farm is threatened, and the one place she longs to leave becomes the one place she'll risk everything to save.
Divided Decade Trilogy, book two
*Formerly titled "Broken Ladders"
Divided Decade Trilogy, book one. After a tantrum, Emily Preston is shipped from her plantation home to her inn-keeping uncle in Detroit. There Emily meets Malachi, son of freed slaves, who challenges many ideas she grew up believing. But when she stumbles upon two runaways hidden in her uncle’s barn, Emily faces a decision more difficult than she would ever have imagined.
Meadow MacKenna understands the rebel desire to throw off the yoke of King George, but is freedom possible? Will liberty apply to Negroes, to Quakers, to Jews--to Irish Catholics like her? Or will majority rule serve the majority? She cannot commit to such a cause. But neither can she prevent the war from claiming the souls of her father and the man she loves.