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Meet Author Michelle Isenhoff

 

michelleMichelle Isenhoff writes for tweens and teens.  Sometimes her stories take place in the past; other times they involve fantastical plots or new worlds. More recently, Michelle had a blast writing the first book in a humorous, high-action series. She’ll never include profanity or objectionable content in works meant for children.

When Michelle’s not writing imaginary adventures, she’s probably off on one. She loves roller coasters and swimming in big waves. She’s an avid runner. She likes big dogs, high school football games, old graveyards, and wearing flip-flops all winter. Her dream vacation would include lots of castle ruins, but so far she’s had to settle for pictures on Pinterest. Once an elementary teacher, Michelle now homeschools two of her three kids and looks forward to summer break as much as they do.

In a genre dominated by traditional publishers, Michelle has received the following accolades:

  • Nominated for a 2013 Cybils Award (Song of the Mountain)
  • Semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review 2013 Book Awards (Song of the Mountain)
  • Considered for the 2012 Great Michigan Read (Divided Decade Trilogy)
  • Nominated for the 2012 Maine Student Book Award (The Color of Freedom)

Michelle’s books have been lauded by teachers and homeschoolers alike. Educators are invited to request free digital copies. Michelle is also pleased to provide complimentary copies to book reviewers. Michelle is the founder and proud member of Emblazon. Find her on  her website and Facebook.

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Books by Michelle Isenhoff

candle star kindle insertThe Candle Star
(Divided Decade Trilogy, 1)
Historical Fiction

After a moment of high spirits—a tantrum, her mother called it—Emily is sent from the plantation to her inn-keeping uncle in Detroit. There she meets Malachi, the son of freed slaves, who challenges everything she’s grown up believing. With plenty of bumps and humor, their abrasive relationship develops into respect, then friendship. But when Emily stumbles upon two runaways hidden in her uncle’s barn, she finds that old ways die hard. And Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is lodged in the hotel.

All digital editions are now FREE.

Lexile score: 800L | MARC file | Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Paperback | Smashwords | Free Audio Podcast | Trailer | Pinterest

Teacher resources: Includes vocab, discussion questions, social studies ideas, and links to primary sources. Aligned with Common Core standards. 43 pp, 8×11 in. Downloadable pdf | Paperback

Specific lesson plans for this novel on this site:
Map Skills–Using Primary Resources With The Candle Star
The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the Civil War Era
Anticipation Guide for The Candle Star

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blood of pioneers kindle insertBlood of Pioneers
(Divided Decade Trilogy, 2)
Historical Fiction

Hannah craves excitement, but all local adventures dried up long ago, when her parents unpacked their wagon on the Michigan frontier. Then war breaks out and her father and brother leave to fight the Confederacy. Hannah is left at home chaffing under the boredom of never-ending chores—until the farm is threatened. The one place she longs to leave suddenly becomes the one place she’ll do anything to save.

Lexile score: 780L | MARC file | Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Smashwords | Paperback

Teacher resources: Includes vocab, discussion questions, social studies ideas, and links to primary sources. Aligned with Common Core standards. 46 pp, 8.5×11 in. Downloadable pdf | Paperback 

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slashings Kindle insertBeneath the Slashings
(Divided Decade Trilogy, 3)
Historical Fiction

Grace Nickerson’s life has been shattered by four years of war. She’s desperate to return to a sense of normalcy, but soon after her father returns, he sells the farm and drags the family to a lumber camp in Michigan’s northern wilderness. Living among the rough loggers is frightening enough, but then a series of accidents prove intentional. Who is sabotaging the camp, and why? Will the winter in the woods bring the healing Grace’s family needs? Or will it drive a wedge between Grace and her father?

Lexile score: 740L | MARC file | Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Smashwords | Paperback

Teacher resources: Includes vocab, discussion questions, social studies ideas, and links to primary sources. Aligned with Common Core standards. 43 pp, 8.5×11 in. Downloadable pdf | Paperback 

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Findul kindle insertTaylor Davis and the Flame of Findul
(Taylor Davis Series, 1)
Action/Adventure, Humor

Taylor Davis didn’t want to move to the Caribbean, and he certainly doesn’t want save the world. But when he’s sucked into a supernatural world of angels and their adversaries, that’s exactly what he must do. The Flame of Findul–the sword that guards the Tree of Life–has been allowed to burn out. Taylor and his new teammates must relight it in the forge of Findul the firesmith before the tree fall into the wrong hands. But Findul hasn’t been seen for several centuries. And a formidable enemy, one who has eaten of the tree, stands in their way.

All digital editions of this book are now FREE.

Lexile score: 700L | MARC file | Kindle | B&N | Smashwords | Kobo | Paperback

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clash of kingdoms kindle insertTaylor Davis and the Clash of Kingdoms
(Taylor Davis Series, 2)
Action/Adventure, Humor

Taylor Davis just can’t catch a break. Most of his friends only concern themselves with girls and grades, but he has to worry about retaliation from hellish warlords. When three of his classmates succumb to a strange malady, Taylor becomes the target of irrational violence. Is it a coincidence, as Elena so firmly believes? Or could there be a more dangerous explanation? The epidemic soon spreads to national leaders. Taylor and his team are called on to uncover the root of the problem before violence breaks out on a worldwide stage. Their quest leads them to the heart of Africa, to the underworld, and to a second encounter with an enemy who just won’t stay dead.

MARC file | Kindle | Nook | Smashwords | Kobo | Paperback

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song kindle insertSong of the Mountain
(The Mountain Trilogy, 1)
Fantasy

Mud and mire shall birth a tree,
A sprout shall grow of ancient seed.
The five unite to break the one,
The curse of man shall be undone.
But brothers rise ere dragon’s bane,
The last shall smite the first again.

Orphaned at a young age, Song Wei has grown up listening to his grandfather recite legends of the distant past. But it is his own history Song seeks to uncover, particularly the events surrounding his parents’ deaths. But that is a secret closely guarded by his grandfather. Then Song discovers an heirloom that links him to an ancient prophecy. His destiny lies within the old tales he has scorned. Song must follow the path that killed his father.

All digital editions of this book are now priced FREE.

Lexile score: 720L | MARC file | Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Smashwords | Paperback 

Teacher resources: Includes vocab, discussion questions, and social studies ideas. Aligned with Common Core standards. 32 pp, 8.5×11 in. Downloadable pdf | Paperback

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fire kindle insertFire on the Mountain
(The Mountain Trilogy, 2)
Fantasy

What really happened on the mountain twelve years ago?

Though his apprenticeship hangs on him like an ill-fitting garment, Quon is unprepared for the twist his life takes when his parents are killed and he is forced to flee Miruna. Adrift in the wilderness with no purpose and no protection, he is approached by an old man who hints that his destiny may be more than he imagined. Ancient tales fill Quon’s head with expectations of glory, but he soon learns that being a hero is far different than dreaming of becoming one.

Follow Song as he uncovers his family history.

Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Paperback

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color of freedom2The Color of Freedom
Historical Fiction

Meadow MacKenna hates the British. Turned off her Irish farm and forced to book passage to America as an indentured servant, she understands the rebel desire to throw off the yoke of King George’s rule. But their Puritan roots run deep. Will liberty apply to Negroes, to Quakers, to Jews–to Irish Catholics like her? Or will majority rule serve the majority? She cannot commit to such a cause. Neither can she prevent the war from claiming the souls of her father and the man she loves.

MARC file | Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Smashwords | Paperback | Trailer

Teacher resources: Includes vocab, discussion questions, social studies ideas, and links to primary sources. Aligned with Common Core standards. 44 pp, 8.5×11 in. Downloadable pdf | Paperback 

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quill kindle insertThe Quill Pen
Fantasy

If you owned a pen that wrote the future, would you use it? What if the consequences spread like ripples in a pond? What if they raged out of control? What if the pen demanded tribute…in blood? Micah Randall has found such a pen. One that’s ensnared him in a curse dating back generations. One that’s devastated two families and now threatens his whole New England village. But how can Micah destroy the pen when it offers his only chance at the future he dreams of?

Lexile score: 730L | MARC file | Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Smashwords | Paperback | Trailer

Teacher resources: Includes vocab, discussion questions, and social studies ideas. Aligned with Common Core standards. 30 pp, 8.5×11 in. Downloadable pdf | Paperback

Comments (3)

  1. […] Title: The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the Context of the Civil War Era Written by: Michelle Isenhoff Length: 45-60 min. Grade Level: […]

  2. […] Students will practice mapping skills using a Civil War era primary resource in conjunction with the children’s historical novel, The Candle Star. […]

  3. […] Michelle Isenhoff’s page here on Quest to locate free digital copies of The Candle Star and additional lesson […]

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