Friday, February 27, 2015

Introducing My New Book- JANINE!


My daughter Janine Leffler bravely gave me permission to develop a character base on her life as a child with disabilities. JANINE (the book)  was inspired by a bullying experience Janine had many years ago. Now, as an adult, Janine is an amazing role model, who focuses on the positives in life and wants to use her own experiences and stories to promote respect, tolerance & kindness. 

Like the character in the book, Janine has a contagious upbeat attitude and focuses on the things she can do, not the things she cannot. The book is about embracing differences, staying true to who you are, and standing up for yourself and others. 

Together Janine and I created a website, which is a resource for parents, teachers and students. It has links to inspiring films, lectures and resources, as well as a list of suggested Picture books, Middle Grade and YA novels, in which the main character has disabilities. The site also features inspiring poetry written by students and young adults with disabilities. The poetry link, which is opened for submissions, hopes to give a voice to children and young adults with disabilities.

In celebration we are giving away an Autographed book each Monday in March.
Please go to to Enter.
If you live near Southern NH, please come to our Book Launch Party:

 Order JANINE at your local Independent Bookstore ISBN# 978-0-8075-3754-1
We'd be happy to mail you a bookplate- Email me at
Thank you for your support!
Maryann and Janine

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