Melissa Hart
Author, Teacher, Speaker

"A good action-adventure story compelling enough for reluctant readers.
Hand to fans of books about the great outdoors and the wilderness.”
--School Library Journal

Thirteen-year old Solo Hahn is a mixed-race kid with a big-screen TV, a room full of surfing trophies, and a beach house in Southern California. Then his father, worn down by a Hollywood career, attempts suicide, and his mother moves the family to a trailer in Oregon where a Great-horned owl attacks the only thing that matters to him. When Solo tries to shoot the bird and injures a neighbor boy with Down syndrome, he’s forced to do community service at a raptor rescue center with his newly-sworn enemies . . . owls.

Click here to see Melissa Hart's promo video for Avenging the Owl!

Avenging the Owl's "What a Hoot!" Blog Tour!

June 7th--Housewife Hellraiser

June 3rd--Wandering Educators

May 31st--"Dear Teen Me" by Melissa, written for Sky Pony Press

May 24th--YA Books Central

May 21st--Boys Read

April 13th--Here's to Happy Endings

April 13th--Sky Pony Press

April 5th--This Kid Reviews Books

April 1st--Mrs. Mommy Booknerd

March 31st--Project Mayhem

February 28, 2016--The Write Stuff

February 26th--Smack Dab in the Middle

I like owls. And traveling. I like kayaking and hiking and camping all over Oregon with my husband and nine-year old daughter. I like cats, adoption, my brother with Down syndrome and my lesbian mothers. I'm particularly fond of Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.

I live in Eugene with Western screech owls in my backyard fir trees and a fine black cat named Alger Hiss in my house. My middle-grade novel, Avenging the Owl, comes out with Sky Pony Press in 2016. I also wrote the YA memoir, Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009) and Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons 2014). 

My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Orion, High Country News, The Advocate, Adbusters, Hemispheres,and The Writer. I started publishing at age 16, with two rhyming poems in Cat Fancy. I'm happy to recite them up on request.

I teach high school Literature for Laurel Springs School. I also teach online courses in writing/publishing for adults like this one. You can catch me leading workshops and eating too many cookies at writing conferences across the Pacific Northwest.

-                                                                                                  ---Melissa

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