Marty Meyer-Gad went from scribbling in Pierz, MN to writing in Mankato with a diverse life in-between. In 2020 she published Of Priests and Porcupines which highlights a community-based parish refusing to be merged or dissolved. Her Kimsara Detective Agency series (Dog Gone it, Bully Pulpit and Daddy?) is drawn from her teaching experience. The tenacity of her students is showcased in solving mysteries. Seventy-Four Cents travels her road to Catholic priesthood.
When not writing, her time is spent volunteering in the welcoming community of Mankato where she resides with her husband.
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Amanda abandoned as a baby asks why, while her pastor empowered by Vatican II asks why not. Their interactions over the years are intensified by a trip around Lake Superior and surviving death threats.
Author's love of the Catholic Church leads to her ordination as a Catholic priest. The changes in the Catholic Church between the 60’s and today provide context for this radical move.
The Kimsara Detective Agency grows from the two founders, Kim Porter and Sara Cowley, into all students: Keeping Informed, Making Social Alliances, Reporting Anomalies. When report grades are hacked, firewood is stolen, a homeless boy needs help, a classmate is bullied: Kimsara steps up. A former classmate, Andy Parta, expands their influence as he finally realizes he’s a bully. Geared to junior high through adult.
Excellent resource for parents to discuss with preteens and teens.
Sara Cowley, co-founder of the Kimsara Detective Agency, learns unsettling details from the FBI about the death of her family. With many questions swirling, Sara and fellow detective Kim Porter explore a secret closet that could contain some answers. The wedding of two aunts leads Sara to question her sexual identity, while she deals with mixed feelings regarding her lineage and family history.
Sara Cowley is wounded by family tragedy. Moving to rural Whistlestop, MN helps abate her grief. When alerted to dogs disappearing she joins Kim Porter to form the Kimsara Detective Agency. These seventh graders mobilize others to convince the police the dogs aren’t just running away. With the help of parents, a stray dog and police they uncover more than lost dogs.