Dear Kids

In honor of OCD awareness week, I wrote an open letter to all kids.

Dear kids,

I wanted to share how proud I am of you and your bravery. I know some days it’s hard to wake up every morning, go to school and make it work. You feel like you don’t fit in.  Or you fit in, but your little brother doesn’t. You don’t understand the book/math problem/homework assignment. Or you get it, but your friend doesn’t. You feel lonely. Or you don’t, but the girl across the room sitting by herself does.

No matter the day, you find a way to dig deep and be strong. And, I know that takes courage and strength and bravery. (And a good breakfast!) But, I also want you to know, those days that you feel like you might not be able to dig deep or be strong, that’s okay, too. Because we all have those moments. Those days.

And, on those days, the ones who love you most, have your back.

Your mom or your dad or your gram or your best friend or your teacher or your elderly neighbor who bakes you cookies or the kid who sits across from you in math or your librarian or your coach.

The point is, someone always has your back.

So wake up, head out to school, and just know that you are my hero.

Your biggest fan,

Elly

If you would like to learn more about OCD and kids, please visit https://kids.iocdf.org/

 

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Finding Perfect Pre-order Giveaway!

 

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Get ready! Fall is here and FINDING PERFECT is coming to a bookshelf near you on October 18th, 2016!

Truly, I’m excited. And so grateful.

So, I’m doing a FINDING PERFECT Pre-order Giveaway with my local independent bookseller, Wellesley Books. Pre-order FINDING PERFECT from Wellesley Books before my book launch and get a FINDING PERFECT notepad and a personalized, signed copy of my book shipped to your door!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Order FINDING PERFECT with Wellesley Books here before my book launch on 10/22/16.
  2. Note your signing/personalization request in the Order Comments box located at the very bottom of the Checkout page. For example, “Happy Birthday, Molly!”

You’ll have the option to have the book shipped or held at the store.

Any questions, just reach out to me. Happy to chat!

 

 

 

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A Look Behind Finding Perfect

Finding Perfect Cover Swartz

 

The privilege of getting my book published has done so much more than I could ever have imagined. When I got my YES, I knew it would allow Molly’s story to go beyond my computer, onto the shelf of a bookstore and library, and into the hands of readers. But what I didn’t know, was that the privilege of publication would also connect me with an amazing community of educators. I met Patrick Andrus, one of those incredible educators, on Twitter. He reached out to read an arc of Finding Perfect. I happily and nervously, sent it along.  We stayed in touch via tweets and messages and I soon found my story the subject of a very gracious review. He loved Finding Perfect and for that, I am eternally grateful. But, Patrick went a step further. Molly had stayed with him and he had questions. He wanted to learn more about the story behind the story.  Below is the interview that answered his questions. A huge thanks to Patrick Andrus, educator extraordinaire, for the opportunity to share the story behind Finding Perfect.

My first interview! Check it out on the ReadWonder blog.

 

 

 

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