A Children’s Book Written for Children of Transient Military Families.
Author Lisa Mallen Publishes a Book Addressing the Realities that Children with Parents in the Military Face.
No one ever likes being the “new kid” at school and author Lisa Mallen knows that the usual adjustment is even harder for children who are a part of a military family. In Joining Forces with Glory, Mallen addresses this tough situation in a very constructive and positive light.
Glory Lujah knows all too well what it feels like to be a “new kid”. She keeps a positive attitude when meeting the new principal, teacher, and her new classmates. Glory helps them learn about her by answering questions that they ask about her life and the places she has lived.
She finds that she has a challenge in one of the students named Hank. For some reason, Hank has become unhappy and none of his friends know why. Hank seems to dislike Glory, but instead of being afraid of Hank, Glory is determined to find a way to make friends with him.
After reading a crumbled up assignment that Hank has thrown on the floor, Glory finds out that she and Hank have a lot in common. Glory comes up with a way to help Hank express his feelings about his mom being in the Navy and being deployed. With the help of her teacher, Glory helps Hank tell his friends about his mom being in the Navy. He finds out that talking about it makes him feel better. Glory has overcome her challenge and found a good friend.
Like Glory, Lisa Mallen was no stranger to moving from place to place while she was growing up. In her first seventeen years of life, her moves included: Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; Ft. Benning, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Monterey, California; Verona, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Boonville, Missouri; Clearwater, Florida; Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and Fairfax, Virginia.
Lisa Mallen has contributed articles to national and local newspapers, magazines, and regional guide books. Her first published children’s book, Elton the Elf, a Canadian soft-cover edition, was published in 2000, and the U.S. hardcover edition was published in 2001. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Bookwriters & Illustrators (SCBWI), Authors Guild, and the Chicago Writers Association. Visit Lisa’s website at www.lisamallenauthor.com for more information.