"There are great messages in this book, the characters are so lovable, it's an entertaining and captivating read, and the twist that happens ... Blew. My. Mind. I really wasn't expecting that." --The Idaho Statesman
, the self-published gold medalist in the Mature Issues fiction category, not only deals with homelessness and human trafficking, but gives voice to the young victims who rise above their trials through the powerful magic of words. Idaho-based author Johanna Harness proves that reading, writing and communication truly does heal and can save souls -- and books like hers, along with the rest of this year's Moonbeam winners -- can change the world." - Moonbeam Childrens' Book Awards
"Ulysses Finch is a homeless ten year old boy and creator of the "Spillworthy" concept, which is the act of writing one's thoughts and releasing them into the world to be shared by anyone who is willing to read, even if it is left unread, it is the act of release that is of importance here. In this "middle-grade" novel, that's ages 12 upwards to us Brits, Harness not only provides a voice for the usually ignored youth, but she allows the reader to see how beautiful and deeply thought they can be." -The Avrupa Times
About the Author
Johanna Harness loves exploring the natural world and enjoys trees in particular. She was born and raised in Idaho, where she and her husband went to kindergarten together. She now shares her love of books, science, and history with her kids, sheep, chickens, cats, and guinea pigs (but mostly with her kids).