Nine-year-old Ginger has a mild seizure disorder. Although her seizures don’t happen very often, they are huge to her. Because of the seizures, Ginger is on medications that stunt her growth and make her feel like an outsider. When her mom announces that they’re going to move to a new home in the country, Ginger starts to panic about facing new bullies at her new school. Will Ginger crumble under the pressure of the move, or will she manage to flourish instead?
Targeted Age Group:: 8-12
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I grew up with epilepsy. Children with epilepsy face many challenges and it can be quite difficult and confusing. I created Ginger to give other children, with or without epilepsy, a character they can relate to. This book series follows Ginger through her life, in both good and bad times, but on a level children can understand and learn from.
Book 1: The Big Move
Book 2: Treasures in the Attic
Book 3: New Home Holidays (Coming July 12)
“Say Kindergarten!” Jerry screamed. “Say it, BABY!” “Kid-agarden.” I said, with my congested nose. “HA! You can’t even speak. You’re a baby!” He screamed as he tore my teddy bear from my hands. RIIIIIPP!!! “Here you go, BABY!” He said as he gave me my Cubby Bear head back to me. “Leave her alone!” screamed my only friend Andi, as she jumped up trying to grab the body of Cubby Bear from Jerry. As the bus pulled up, Jerry threw Cubby’s body onto the ground. I grabbed it and I screamed and cried. “You’re mean!!” I cried as the school bus pulled up to pick us up. I sat on the bus bawling, trying to put the head on the body. It was useless. I was going to bring my favorite bear to school today for show and tell. I waited all year to have my turn at Show and Tell. Finally, I get my turn during the last week of school and this happens! I can’t show off Cubby Bear now! Plus, I got this bear from my dad. It was the only thing he ever gave me. I love Cubby Bear and now he’s headless. Cubby bear isn’t just any boring teddy bear. He is yellow, and he can stick his thumb in his mouth or ears. He even has little freckles, like me. My heart is ripping from my chest. My spirit is dead. I sit on the bus staring out the window, broken-hearted. I can never get another Cubby Bear.
Andrea Witt was born in Metairie, Louisiana, but raised in St. Louis and Jefferson Counties, Missouri. She has an MA in Media Communications from Webster University, a BS in Business-Management, and a career history filled with child causes and education. She is the mother of two and lives 10 minutes south of St. Louis MO.