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Maggie Morris

About the book

a young girl sits cross-legged in a wooden chair, reading a book. She wears blue jeans and a yellow sweater; her long brown hair cascades down her back. below her on the floor are stacks of books with different colors of covers.

12-year-old Maggie Morris, a creative and outspoken writer, has a dilemma. Her mom left two years ago, leaving behind a dad to raise two daughters and hundreds of painful questions. Mystery and secrets surround her parents’ divorce, and the weirdest thing is, Maggie can’t remember everything about it. It’s as if the details have been locked behind a door; there are pieces still floating around in her brain like tiny scraps of paper and unrelated, fuzzy pictures.

With infinite doubt swirling inside, Maggie retreats to her journal, creating a story about a dangerous outlaw on the run in the backwoods of Saturn’s uninhabited rings. Her main character, Willy, is a crotchety, bearded cowboy from planet Earth on a mission to save his prize-winning pig. Brave, brawny, and in his prime, there is nothing Willy can’t do. Yet, even with Willy by her side, Maggie can’t stave off the unrelenting feeling of encroaching darkness. Like a growing shadow in the corner, bigger and bigger, her monster becomes.

Will the darkness eventually overcome her?

Will she solve the mystery behind her mother’s abandonment?

Will Willy ever rescue Opal? And what is a puka shell?

About Author & Illustrator Maci Welch

Author Maci Welch stands outside in front of a fir tree heavily covered in snow. She wears gold hoop earrings, a camel-colored wool overcoat, and a multicolored scarf. She smiles at the camera, her warm brown hair in a high bun

Maci Welch is an author, illustrator, and lover of all things creative. She has dreamed of writing and illustrating children’s books since grade school.

Maggie Morris, her debut novel, is based on her early childhood friendships and experiences. She is passionate about mental health advocacy and hopes this book will serve as a reminder to always ask for help and know you are never truly alone. She resides in Wyoming with her husband, two daughters, and black Lab, Archer Boy.

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