November 8th and 9th, 2013 - I will be blogging almost-live from the Mazza Museum's Fall Conference. Stop by A Country Mile (you get there through the window above) to hear timeless words of wisdom - or just some really good book stuff - from Robin Preiss Glasser, Michael Buckley, John Bemelmans Marciano, John Rocco, Eugene Yelchin, and the always-mesmerizing Patricia Polacco.
The long-awaited follow-up to THE BEEF PRINCESS OF PRACTICAL COUNTY is coming! Click News and Reviews for more information!
GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED: Tarah C. of Excelsior Elementary School in Excelsior, Minnesota is the winner of a class set of paperback copies of "The Beef Princess of Practical County!" To see how a goat chooses a winner, visit A Country Mile in the window in the upper right corner of your screen!
Now Booking Affordable School Visits for the 2013-2014 School Year! Invite Michelle Houts to visit your elementary or middle school this year. For more information, see the Author Appearances tab to your left and then send Michelle an email.
Welcome! In my kitchen there is a plaque that reads: “Home is where your story begins.” Well, the view from my country home usually includes cornfields, kids, and assorted critters, and it’s the place where my characters are born. Come on in and take a peek through my window to imagination.
After years of waiting, it is finally Libby Ryan’s turn to shine at the Practical County Fair. Libby is filled with excitement as she and her granddad pick out two calves for her to raise on her family’s cattle farm, in hopes of winning the annual steer competition. Against her father’s advice, Libby gives the calves names, even though both steers will eventually be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
What's the big deal? She's lived on a cattle farm forever. But, after a few months of preparing for the Practical County Fair, Libby finds that she is becoming more and more attached to her steers. When Libby's mother convinces her to enter the Beef Princess pageant, Libby realizes that she'll have to face off against the dreaded Darling sisters. Suddenly, everything related to the Practical County Fair feels like a big deal.
Luckily, Libby can count on her best friend to get her through most of the county fair chaos. Yet once reality sets in and she realizes that her steers will soon be sold to the highest bidder, the chaos in Libby’s heart becomes too much to bear.