Dandi Daley Mackall

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Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of over 400 books for children. Her first big story was "Why I Want to Be Batboy for the Kansas City A’s," written when she was a 10-year-old tomboy. Although the story won first place, the team wouldn’t let a girl be batboy. Dandi tells this true story in A Girl Named Dan, a picture book released in 2008. In 2012, her book The Silence of Murder won the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. Dandi loves animals and lives in West Salem.


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School Visits & Speaking Engagements

Dandi Mackall delivers lively school visits that spark reading and writing through the power of stories. For older audiences, she focuses on writing skills and drawing on your own experiences in story-writing. Dandi also speaks about the "Story Behind the Story" of her parents, who were an Army Dr. and Army nurse in WWII. Audience: Youth or Adult. Please visit this link for more about Dandi Mackall's speaking.


Dandi Daley Mackall's Books

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GOD TAKES CARE OF ME (2019): Dandi Daley Mackall retells Psalm 23 using language kids can understand and memorable, fun rhymes to help children meet God in a new and profound way, and grow a lifelong love of the Psalms. Beautiful, kid-friendly, four-color illustrations throughout the book help make Scripture personal and accessible for your child. (Ages 0-5)


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WINNIE THE EARLY YEARS #1: HORSE GENTLER IN TRAINING (2018): Now younger readers can saddle up and join Winnie and her family at the Willis Wyoming Ranch!

Winnie is the star of the bestselling Winnie the Horse Gentler series that sold more than half a million copies and taught kids around the world about faith, kindness, and horse training. Winnie could ride horses before she could walk, but training them is another story. In this new series, eight-year-old Winnie learns the fine art of horse gentling from her horse wrangler mom as they work together to save the family ranch. (Ages 8-12)


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WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE (2017): Based on the incredible true love story of Dandi's parents, who met in WWII training, married in haste, and were shipped to different fronts to serve as Army doctor and Army nurse with only their letters to hold them together.

Surrounded by danger and desperately wounded patients, they soon find that only the war seems real—and their marriage more and more like a distant dream. If they make it through the war, will their marriage survive?

Special feature: Dandi tells the story behind the story and includes copies of actual letters, photographs, and more. Having authored over 400 books for children, this is Dandi's first novel.

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