Enjoy listening to chapters from Ghost of the Chicken Coop Theater read on Indiana Public Radio's excellent StoryBoard, beginning with the September 15, 2013, show.
Linda enjoys listening her book being read on StoryBoard’s first episode of the 2013 fall season.
Earthquake Surprise (book 9), which won a bronze medal in the 2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, is the newest book in the series. Bailey and her friends, who live near the epicenter of the August 23, 2011, earthquake, are shaken up. Besides the damage to their school and homes, the earthquake reveals surprises.
Treasure in Sugar's Book Barn, (book 8) received a gold medal in the 2012 President's Book Awards sponsored by the Florida Publishers Association. It previously received a silver medal in the Moonbeam Book Awards, was named best children's fiction by the Virginia Press Women's Association and was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer book awards.
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Linda meets pen pal Gracelyn Scott,
who lives in China and is an avid reader
of the Bailey Fish Adventure series.
At the invitation of the Louisa County Historical
Society, author Linda Salisbury read from
Earthquake Surprise and displayed
her hand-painted panorama similar to
the one made by Henry Box Brown.
The reading was on the porch
of The Hermitage, the plantation
where Box Brown was born a slave in 1815.
The award-winning series features Bailey Fish, 11, who lives with her environmentalist and book-loving grandmother, Sugar, while her mother is in Costa Rica for a year or more. Although Bailey misses her former home in Florida, she has made new friends, especially adopted, and homeschooled brothers, 12-year-old Noah and Fred Keswick, who live at their family’s country inn next door. Their parents also plan to adopt their foster sister, Sparrow, who is in wheelchair.
Series’ action occurs at Sugar’s house and Keswick Inn, where guests are often part of the mystery.
The books are sequential but may be read independently. Each contains embedded history or nonfiction, lots of adventure, and contemporary issues that appeal to boys and girls, including reluctant readers.
The books also contain discussion questions, relevant Web sites, book resources, a glossary, and photographs or maps that relate to the story.
With one in ten children in America living with a grandparent, the books have special relevance.
Linda Salisbury is also the author of Mudd Saves the Earth, illustrated by Joe Kohl, which earned a silver medal in the Florida Publisher Association President’s Book Awards 2010.
Linda Salisbury was awarded a silver medal in the Florida Authors and Publishers 2013 President’s Book Awards. She is pictured with Mark Wayne Adams, vice president, and Chris Angermann, president.
Linda Salisbury receives a gold medal for Best Children's Fiction for The MysteriousJamestown Suitcase, and a silver for Ghost of the Chicken Coop Theater in the Florida Publishers Association 2009 President's Book Award Contest, judged by librarians. (Left) Betsy Lampe, FPA executive director, (center) Salisbury, and (right), Chris Angermann, FPA president
Thief of Keswick Inn won the Florida Publishers Association
President's Pick 2007 award in the FPA President's Book Award contest.
Pictured are Florida Publishers Association President Frank Gromling,
author Linda Salisbury, and Betsy Lampé, executive director
of the FPA, in Fort Lauderdale on September 15, 2007.
The Mysterious Jamestown Suitcase
is a bronze medal winner in the 2007 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in the Pre-teen fiction category and was a finalist in the 2008 ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Contest. Gold medal winner for Best Children’s Fiction, FPA President’s Book Awards, 2009.
Trouble in Contrary Woods was named a finalist in the 2010 Eric Hoffer Awards for excellence in independent publishing.
No Sisters Sisters Club earned a silver finalist distinction in FPA’s 2008 Best Children’s Fiction category.
ForeWord magazine, March 2005: "This stimulating mystery (The Wild Women of Lake Anna) contains a novel historical twist that plays into the main character's dramatic need for acceptance as she draws upon her inner strength in some unexpected ways. . . . In keeping with the latest trend in fiction books, the author seeks to educate as well as entertain. . . . This well-crafted, fast-paced novel . . . will resonate with every reader who has ever longed for acceptance or struggled with survival in the throes of fear and uncertainty." Charisse Floyd
"Stolen artifacts pale next to the psychological wallop of this new installment (Book 4, The Mysterious Jamestown Suitcase) in the popular Bailey Fish Adventure series. . . Social issues add texture . . .showing Salisbury's in-depth awareness of the complexities of growing up." Elizabeth Breau, ForeWord magazine.
"The Wild Women of Lake Anna is a wonderful book for independent intermediate readers or as a teacher read-aloud. Readers will be enthralled with the very believable plot that mirrors their lives in so many ways. Each chapter leaves the reader hanging . . . eager to continue reading to see what next happens to Bailey Fish. This book provides many opportunities for teachers to integrate Social Studies curriculum, environmental issues as well as character education. This book is sure to engage even the most reluctant readers." Joann Winkler, Teacher of the Year, Charlotte County, Florida