Michelle Houts holds degrees in special education and speech-language pathology. She is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, including the award-winning The Beef Princess of Practical County, The Practical County Drama Queen, and Winterfrost. Erica Magnus has enjoyed applying her fine art skills as a freelance artist to children's books as author and illustrator, for film and television as concept and creature design artist, and as a teacher. Happily back in Athens County, Ohio, where she raised her daughters, she now works from her Amesville studio. Meadows and woodlands surround her tiny home, where she lives with her first and deepest love, nature.
"[Children] will certainly admire the can-do message of Grandma
Gatewood's story, her up-close encounters with adventures in the
wild, including snakes, black flies, and bobcats, and her refusal
to be stopped by a few setbacks."
"This compelling true tale of triumph will send kids scrambling for their sneakers so they can follow in the footsteps of a legend." -- Ben Montgomery, author of Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
"[When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike] is an inspiring story, imparting the notion that an action as basic as walking for pleasure could result in a feat for the record books."
"This tale of grit and determination is recommended for libraries in the Appalachian region."
"Really, overall, well done ... it'd work particularly well in the classroom."
"I loved the writing. Yes, it's simple as a child's book should be but it doesn't mince words. Gatewood had difficulties. She dealt with black flies. She got lost and what is the most fearful to me, she broke her glasses. Her first attempt was a failure but she persevered - the most important part of hiking any long-distance trail." -- Danny Bernstein
"While you savor this book, please surround yourself with as many small children as possible.... [When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike] would make a great gift for youngsters who love the outdoors, especially those who live near enough to the Appalachian Trail to make their own sneaker prints on it."