The Aurora County Books

A fictional Mississippi town full of lovable characters who have no idea how eccentric they are.

Love, Ruby Lavender

A girl, a grandmother, three “rescued” chickens. What could go wrong? [more]

Each Little Bird That Sings

“Open your arms to life! Let it strut into your heart in all its messy glory!” [more]

The Aurora County All-Stars

“The first rule of baseball is: NO GIRLS.” [more]

A Long Line of Cakes

“There is so much need in the world, after all, and cake is one simple way to soothe it.” [more]

The Sixties Trilogy

Fiction, biography, and scrapbooks with photographs and primary-source non-fiction in a groundbreaking new format: the documentary novel.


1962. The Cuban Missile Crisis comes home to Franny Chapman and her family in Washington, D.C. [more]


1964. Freedom Summer volunteers “invade” Sunny Fairchild’s Mississippi hometown. [more]


1969. Molly and Norman journey from Charleston, SC to San Francisco in a beat-up schoolbus to find Molly’s brother, who has been drafted. Along the way they discover America. [more]

 Young Adult Books

Picture Books


Friendship defies racism for two boys in this stirring story of the Freedom Summer that followed the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now in an Anniversary Edition with a refreshed cover and a new introduction.