"Nine-year-old Hildy’s story begins with her secret that she is losing her hearing. She tells nobody, not even her “most best friend.” But the longer she keeps this secret, the more problems she creates. From simple teasing it escalates to getting lost on a school field trip, losing track of her little sister, to finding herself alone during a fire drill at school. Finally, Hildy has no choice but to admit to her handicap.
Once she seeks help, her sense of humor returns and her strength of character grows. Hildy is ready to take on even the class bully.
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Millie Richmond grew up in New England - where childhood focused on playing outside until the streetlights came on and reading for a few extra minutes under the covers with a flashlight was not uncommon. While working as a classroom teacher and then Language Arts Specialist in elementary schools, she wrote freelance in newspapers for a few years. Later, she discovered the joy in writing for children. Though Hildy is not specifically based on her childhood, Millie did become hearing-impaired. Many of Hildy's experiences grew from her own. She now lives in Central Florida with her husband.
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