Friday, October 1, 2010


BIO: Debra McArthur grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where her high school experience included church activities, choir, drum and bugle corps, and the kind of drama and angst that make a person really glad to grow up. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.

These days, Debra lives with her husband in Kansas City, Missouri. She teaches college along the bluffs of the Missouri River, and she is still collecting nouns that describe her: student, teacher, wife, mother, reader, writer, Irish dancer, marathon runner.

DEBUT: A Voice for Kanzas will debut in January 2012 from Kane Miller.
Lucy Catherine Thomkins is looking for poetry when she discovers Information for Kanzas Immigrants in Papa’s coat pocket. Just another political paper, nothing a thirteen-year-old poet would care about. But before dinner is over that night, Lucy becomes one those immigrants. She feels as out of place in 1855 Kansas Territory as the sky-blue silk gown she has worn for the journey from Pennsylvania, and she seeks her own purpose in this strange place. When Lucy discovers that her best friend’s family is working with the Underground Railroad, Lucy must decide just what she stands for, and she must find her own true voice to express herself in a time and place where a young girl’s voice is seldom valued.

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