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Dedication

Dedicated to the parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians and unofficial family members
who nurture joy, courage, enthusiasm, and curiosity in the children whose lives they touch.

 

Acknowledgments:

First, last, and always, I am so grateful to my husband, Joe Merkt, for his support and encouragement
as I struggled to bring Belinda to life. He believed in me–and in the story–and I am so grateful.

And I am deeply grateful to my first readers. My daughter, Rachel Fisher, who is a talented novelist.
My friend and writing mentor Terri Lewis. They encouraged me to let Belinda be Belinda, let her make a mistake sometimes.
Let her be silly. And above all, make sure she never forgets to ask questions three at a time!

 

Cover Illustration:

 

Dayne Sislen created the beautiful cover and the chapter illustrations of the book. She deserves special thanks.  
I wasn’t sure anyone would see the Belinda that I saw. But Dayne saw and captured a child who almost exploded with life, energy, and joy. 

 

Editing:

David Aretha, Editor Extraordinaire, helped me align the words with the story.
After years of business writing, it was hard for me to tell a story for young children without using big words!
David helped me match the words to the story, and I am so thankful.
Otherwise, I would have to hope that seventh graders would fall in love with Belinda!