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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: All Things That Matter Press (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984651705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984651702
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The first thing to know about Six Weeks to Yehidah is that it's beautiful. The writing is sharp and crisp and evocative. The prose is poetic, well-formed. All of that, and there's a story, as well. A good one, worth sharing." --India Wilson, January Magazine

"When people ask me what I read, I say 'Classics,' because to me there isn't a lot else worth reading.  Six Weeks to Yehidah is now on my 'Classics' shelf."--Melissa Lemon, Cinder and Ella

"Six Weeks to Yehidah, by Melissa Studdard, weaves a spellbinding tale that is rich with imagistic prose and glittering landscapes."--Aparna Mukhedkar, The Criterion

"Melissa Studdard's Six Weeks to Yehidah was a mind blowing, imaginative journey and a soul awakening, wonderful read."--Sylvia H., Reader's Favorite 

"This is Studdard's first novel which happens to be in the genre of children fantasy, in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy in the Land of Oz. And like these books, Six Week to Yehidah will be loved and read by adults as well..."--Rasoul, Rumi Poetry Club

About the Author

Melissa Studdard is a professor, a book reviewer at-large, a contributing editor, as well as the host of a radio interview program. Her writings have appeared in dozens of magazines and journals. She currently lives in Texas with her daughter and their four cats. For more information, please visit, or

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Melissa Studdard is a professor, a book reviewer at-large for The National Poetry Review, a contributing editor for Tiferet Journal, host of the radio interview program Tiferet Talk, and a teaching artist for The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative. Her bestselling novel Six Weeks to Yehidah won a Forward National Literature Award, an International Book Award, and a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award and the Readers Favorite Award.

She loves anything related to writing and reading, whether it's sitting alone with a book and a cup of hot tea, or attending a large poetry reading or literary festival. She also loves travelling, meditating, going for walks, bicycling, practicing yoga, and spending time with family.

She currently resides in Texas with her wonderful daughter and their four sweet but mischievous cats.

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Wonderful piece of literature, though it may be a modern day story, it has nothing less then the potential to one day become a classic!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Knox on August 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Six Weeks to Yehidah is the story of Annalise, a young girl who enters a wondrous dreamscape. With the company of two very special friends, she takes a journey and meets a variety of intriguing and highly entertaining characters. Ultimately, it is up to Annalise to solve the greatest riddle of all: why she's here, and what it all means. Her each step towards this answer is both delightful and thought-provoking. Six Weeks to Yehidah is a must read for any young person who knows there is more to life than what is right in front of our eyes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K.L. Stover on August 8, 2011
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Review: Melissa Studdard's Novel "Six Weeks to Yehidah"

By K.L. Stover

"Six Weeks to Yehidah," Melissa Studdard's delightful debut novel, is one of the more metaphysical children's stories you will ever read. Bridging imaginary worlds of talking sheep, cloud kingdoms, magic labyrinths and spirit guides, "Yehida" comes to life in a kaleidoscopic array of color, sound and light.

Readers young and old alike will be transported via the sentient observations of main character Annalise as she experiences the transcendental metamorphosis of spiritual awareness.

The young girl's cloud-land excursion reads like an animated Magical Mystery Tour/Yellow Submarine phantasmagoria:

Annalise noticed that maracas and castanets hung from the trees like coconuts, and drums and cymbals littered the beach instead of rocks and shells.

Stranger still, a lifeguard sat atop his perch, blowing sunscreen from a tuba onto a crowd of frolicking children below. More toward the middle of the island, where the grass grew thick and the soil was rich, flutes, oboes, and clarinets rose from the ground like stalks of corn. And further still, in the distance, bells hung from vines like a new, musically-endowed version of flowers.

Incorporating familiar themes found in literary works ranging from The Wizard of Oz to The Shack to Harry Potter,"Yehidah" still manages to feel wondrously original. Studdard deftly weaves poetry and song throughout her engaging narrative, imbuing Annalise with a sophisticated intelligence rarely found in child characters.

While older children will find Annalise's adventure exciting, "Yehidah" has an adult sensibility.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S.A. Micheli on August 8, 2011
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Annalise of the Verdant Hills is like a 21st century Alice, but rather than falling down a rabbit hole, Annalise flies up to a wonderland beyond the clouds. Following a bobbing light on a rainy day, Annalise wanders into the hills and then is swept away in a storm. When she wakes up, she's in a strange world populated by sometimes whimiscal and sometimes comforting characters, all of whom have a role: to teach her how to see the light in others and ultimately how to love. For me, the second chapter, called Acoustic Island, where Annalise learns how to control the chaos of a group of musicians playing their own private symphony by getting them to play together is worth the price of the book since I find myself going back to Acoustic Island in my thoughts when chaos arises in my own life.

Mid-book we learn that our heroine must be in a coma, and at the end she faces a difficult question. She has come to love the world beyond the clouds where she has learned many important things. Does she want to return to her earth based life and bring back what she knows to others? I won't spoil the ending, but I think Melissa Studdard did a great job of entering the world of her own childlike imagination and thereby demystified what can be a scary place for some of us. I came away from the story feeling good about life and happy that if we all made Annalise's choice, the world would be a better place.

Of course, these adult insights will be completely transparent to the young people this book is intended for. Written in a delightful, light prose suitable to the target audience, kids will just enjoy a delightful romp in a strange and at the end reassuring world. For me, this book fills a gap for parents and teachers looking for material to share with young people to teach them about the higher values of love and commitmment and I would highly recommend this book to anyone, in any age group.

Bravo for a great debut novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JP on August 8, 2011
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It was a magical journey from beginning to end..filled with wisdom and enchanting surprises. A land of OZ style story which reinforces that Oz never did give the tin man anything he did not already possess. A humanitarian love story filled with oodles of brilliant charms! A book filled with a soul enriching celebration of humanitarian love that gives light to the wounded soul via reality and fantasy. "The greatest thing a human does in this world is to see something"...quoted John Ruskin. My sediments exactly regarding this delightful will make you see things you never thought of before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave D. Hoing on August 9, 2011
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In Six Weeks to Yehidah, author Melissa Studdard gives her readers a rollicking account of a young girl's adventures in a magical "other-where."

After 10-year-old Annalise and her two pet sheep, Mabel and Mimi, are caught in an unexpected flash flood, they awaken to find themselves transported to a place above the clouds. Here they meet a number of strange and wondrous beings, from Bob, a man made of light, to Hagski, a nasty bag lady who likes to make rules, to a shaman named Tony and his wise mother Kàna. Here, too, they find that animals talk and musical instruments sprout from the ground like corn. Annalise visits islands and special gardens and a tunnel through the ocean, all the while learning lessons about herself and the nature of the universe. In the end Annalise must decide whether to remain in her wonderland of serenity and adventure, or to return to her life on earth bearing an important message.

Combining the clever word play of Lewis Carroll, the delightfulness of the Oz books, and the philosophical underpinnings of both C.S. Lewis and the Buddhist Bodhisattva, Six Weeks to Yehidah is a tour-de-force of excellent writing and startling imagination, and a gentle exploration of the interconnectedness of all things.
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