8-year-old Megan wants a dog more than anything, although she loves playing with her teacher Mrs. White’s dog as well. But when Mrs. White’s dog dies suddenly, Megan (and Mrs. White!) fear they’ll never be happy again. It takes a lesson from an Old Testament character named Naaman and his servant girl to give Megan a few ideas on how to create a happy ending for her teacher and herself.
“A Dog Called Naaman” is a chapter book on the reading level of Junie B. Jones or Magic Treehouse books. It features a Christian perspective. Megan is a witty, gentle, and caring heroine children will relate to. Perfect for ages 6 to 9.
Susan Barnett Braun grew up in the small town of Seymour, Indiana. She earned a BA in retail management from Indiana University and an MA in elementary Education from the University of Alabama. She taught elementary school for eight years in northwest Indiana. She wrote grant proposals which won a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Study Scholarship.
After becoming a mom to three daughters, Susan found her calling in the home for several years. But as her children grew up, she returned to the writing she had loved since childhood. She has had work published in Parents, Children’s Ministry, and The Teacher’s Mailbox, among others. She also writes online as a Featured Arts & Entertainment writer for Yahoo/OMG, and as a blogger at Girls in White Dresses.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired by hearing the Bible story of Naaman one Sunday — and by a friend’s adorable corgi, adopted from the local shelter. She’s on the cover, along with one of my daughters!