Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joan L. Kelly  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born:


-- Joan L. Kelly on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=joan++l.++kelly


Illinois Connection

Kelly lived in Litchfield and now lives in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

My Big Feet
ISBN: 0979497639

Bezalel Books. 2007

Your Page Title Product Review:

Joan L. Kelly’s work is called “highly recommended for community library fiction collections” by Midwest Book Review. Her titles also include “Hiding the Stranger: The Trilogy” which is the recent recipient of the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval.

Book Description:

Rob Sanderson and his friends knew that they weren't part of the “popular” kids

but that didn't stop them from accepting each other and facing life's challenges―even when those challenges involved intrigue and espionage! See how this group of misfits combines forces to find a way to outwit dangerous spies and save their new classmate and her family from imminent danger.

Endorsements:

Character education can be painless―as evidenced by My Big Feet

Marilyn Missel, Associate Superintendent of Education

Diocese of Springfield, IL

I am thrilled when a book such as My Big Feet comes along with its message of embracing each person as a unique individual…

Lisa M. Hendey

CatholicMom.com

Lonny The Lizard Finds A Treasure
ISBN: 097949768X

Bezalel Books. 2007

Children will delight in the adventure of Lonny the Lizard as he discovers family treasures in the attic. Parents will delight in the tale as Lonny and his mom affirm that true treasures are those found within families and in helping others.

Hiding the Stranger in Hickory Valley
ISBN: 0980048311

Bezalel Books. 2008

Joan L. Kelly, author of "My Big Feet" and "Lonny the Lizard finds a Treasure," delivers another winning book! The adventure begins when a young farm girl, Katie, finds an unconscious teenager in a meadow. When she and her siblings try to help him discover answers, they find themselves involved in intrigue and possible danger. Who is this mysterious stranger who suddenly shows up on a small Illinois farm? Where did he come from? Where is he going? This first book in the trilogy takes the reader on an adventure filled quest!

Hiding the Stranger on Baker Street
ISBN: 0980048338

Bezalel Books. 2008

Joan L. Kelly, author of "My Big Feet" and "Lonny the Lizard finds a Treasure," delivers the second sensational book in her 'Hiding the Stranger' series. See why classrooms everywhere are enjoying Joan's work! The adventure, which began on a small Illinois farm in the book Hiding the Stranger in Hickory Valley, continues as our hero is followed by vicious kidnappers. While the teen waits at the house of a new friend, Chris Miller, he finds adventure and narrowly escapes recapture in the town of Bedford. As our young stranger continues the quest to find his identity and reach home, his memory begins to return. He has the courage to run through fire and the wisdom to help Chris with a secret. This is the second book of the 'Hiding the Stranger' trilogy that takes the reader on an adventure filled journey!

Hiding the Stranger: The Journey Home
ISBN: 0981885462

Bezalel Books. 2008

The adventure that began on a small Illinois farm comes to a conclusion in the active city of Chicago. Our teenaged hero's quest to find his identity and reach home culminates at the historic Union Station. See how one boy's fate will be changed by another's act of total self-sacrifice. This is the third book in the trilogy (Hiding the Stranger on Baker Street and Hiding the Stranger in Hickory Valley) that takes the reader on an adventure filled journey! See why Mrs. Kelly's work has been called "highly recommended for community libraries." www.BezalelBooks.com


Awards

The three "Hiding the Stranger" stories have been combined into a trilogy and received the Catholic Writer's Guild Seal of Approval.

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