Junkyard Dogs with Kat Higgs-Coulthard
2660 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
We hope you and your teen will join us to meet Kat Higgs-Coulthard and learn about her new book Junkyard Dogs, a suspenseful and gut-wrenching story of an unhoused teenager struggling to survive a criminal scrapping ring while unraveling a dark family history.
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About the Book
A suspenseful and gut-wrenching story of an unhoused teenager struggling to survive a criminal scrapping ring while unraveling a dark family history.
Josh's father has gone missing without a trace, and Gran's ready to call social services. If Josh wants to keep himself and and his little brother, Twig, out of the system, he'll have to take to the streets and track down his dad. But when Josh digs too deep, his dad's old accomplices catch up to Josh and plunge him into a dangerous underground where putting his trust in the wrong person could number Josh in a growing pile of bodies.
This chilling portrayal of a teen desperate for food, shelter, and safety barrels the reader through an emotionally-charged journey as Josh discovers that blood doesn't always make family—and some bonds can be broken forever.
About the Author:
Katherine Higgs-Coulthard became a writer on the limb of a Sycamore tree when she was in elementary school. Since then she’s written in abandoned buildings, cemeteries, parks, and even on a tall ship, but her favorite place to write has always been the woods. Kat graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor's in education and earned a master's degree from Indiana University, before completing her doctorate in Education through Northeastern University. She has taught kindergarten, third, and fifth grades. Now she trains teachers at Saint Mary’s College and offers writing camps and classes for children and teens through Michiana Writers’ Center. She lives in Michigan and loves spending time with her family. Follow Kat on Twitter @michianawriter1.
Lindsay Ellisa is Professor of English at Grand Valley State University where she directs the Lake Michigan Writing Project, which provides summer institutes on the teaching of writing for K-12 teachers.
Lindsay studies written argumentation, memoirs of schooling, and classroom practice. She loves not only the logic of arguments but also the use of writing for reflection and the attentiveness of poetry to the natural world. Lindsay has a Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Lindsay is also on the boards of the WILD Foundation and the Ellis Foundation, directing grants toward environmental sustainability and schooling. She is passionate about using writing to help citizens to understand each other, to contextualize their needs within ecosystems of competing interests, and to collaboratively design solutions to meet global challenges.