Marilyn Shank


Marilyn Sue Shank earned her Ph.D. in special education from the University of Kansas where she majored in learning disabilities and behavior disorders and minored in counseling psychology and families with disabilities. She has taught general and special education at elementary, secondary, and college levels.

Marilyn has published in professional journals and co-authored the first four editions of EXCEPTIONAL LIVES: SPECIAL EDUCATION IN TODAY'S SCHOOLS. CHILD OF THE MOUNTAINS, her first novel, takes place in West Virginia during the 1950's. She wrote TANNER TRUCK AND BELLA TREE, a picture e-book, to help her great-niece and -nephew cope with the loss of their grandmother and great-grandfather. Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency represents her.

Marilyn lives in West Virginia with her three rescued dogs.

Where to find Marilyn Shank online


Tanner Truck and Bella Tree: A Christmas Fable of Healing from Grief
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
Mawmaw went to Heaven, leaving Pawpaw sad and lonely. As Christmas draws near, Pawpaw drives Tanner Truck into the hills to gather Christmas trees. Pawpaw chooses Bella Tree as his special Christmas tree. Watching Bella Tree sparkle makes Pawpaw smile. But when Christmas is over, it’s time for Tanner Truck to take Bella Tree away. What will happen to her? And how will Pawpaw keep his smile?

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children    christmas    death    elementary    grandfather    grandmother    grandparents    grief    healing    heaven    hope    kindergarten    loss    overcoming    picture book    preschool    primary    tree    truck