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About the Author

Mary Baader Kaley writes stories for middle graders and young adults with quirky characters whose huge hopes and dreams drive them into impossible situations. She loves the sound of spring crickets, the colors of the fall, and shady porches in between. She spends summers healing her soul over a small Midwestern lake upon a rickety pontoon, while smiling into the sun. On any given day, you’ll find her laughing with family and friends, binge-watching shows, reading while sneaking bites of chocolate, or warming her bones by a campfire.

The Latest Posts

The Kid

06/20/2018

My eleven-year-old son has autism, which means his brain has some hard-wired issues that make basic communicating and socializing a challenge for him. He’s not “high-functioning” or “severe.” He’s your middle-of-the-road autistic kid whocan’tdo impromptu conversations, but if you

Announcement

05/12/2018

Signing with Ali Announcement: I Have an Agent I couldn’t be happier to announce that I signed with Ali Herring of Spencerhill Associates, who read one of my manuscripts over a year ago. While circumstances prevented us

Why I Write

04/15/2018

Friends and relatives sometimes ask me why I write stories, and the answer is simple.I was a wild child.When people meant to be kind to me as a kid, they called me a tomboy—you know—while they pointed at me in