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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Veronica Randolph Batterson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Veronica Randolph Batterson moved to the Chicago area in 2004 with her family. Her husband, Brett, is the Executive Director of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. They reside in Aurora.

Biographical and Professional Information

Veronica Randolph Batterson is the author of the juvenile fiction books, ''Billy's First Dance'' and ''Funny Pages''. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee. Her short stories and essays have appeared in various publications. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Titles At Your Library

Billy's First Dance
ISBN: 0741459132

Infinity Publishing. 2010

Thirteen-year-old Junie dreams of becoming a writer. Her youngest brother, Billy, afflicted with Spina Bifida and confined to a wheelchair, dreams of dancing. Their quirky but loving family finds a way to stay together.

Set in the southeast in the 1970s, Billy's First Dance unfolds with attention to family bonds, special needs and coming of age. Junie wants desperately to become a writer but must deal with the unusual circumstances of her family. She and her three half-siblings live with their grandmother and aunt, and none of the children know where their mother is.

Funny Pages
ISBN: 0741468581

Infinity Publishing. 2011

Sally's grandfather is a retired cartoonist. He creates the comic Marchmont just for her. This middle grade story blends the antics of Sally's family life with the comic strip's fictional characters.

Daniel's Esperanza
ISBN: 1500398926

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

A rancher and his wife provide a haven for wild mustangs on ten thousand acres in northern New Mexico. Unable to have children of their own, they also provide a home to a broken and abused teenage boy from Virginia. Their wild horse sanctuary gives comfort to the boy, while the family faces challenging actions and lies from a vindictive neighbor and the threat of the boy's biological father resurfacing.

Under the backdrop of Native American culture and New Mexico ranch life, Daniel escapes his abusive father and finds a new home with Frank and Sarah Carpenter, ranchers and owners of a wild horse sanctuary. For three years, he heals, is nurtured and becomes an adult. Daniel learns to ride horses, train them and accept a family as his own.

However, a vengeful, neighboring rancher and son become formidable enemies. They engage in threats against the Carpenters and Daniel that involve horse stealing, gambling and potential danger to the sanctuary horses. The neighbors also hire a private investigator to look into Daniel's past, allowing his abusive father to learn of his whereabouts.

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