Shannon Wiersbitzky

“Words have always had the power to move me—whether in song, in prose, in a movie, or even a greeting card. When phrased the right way, they can reach in and stir my soul to laughter or tears and every emotion in between.”

Shannon’s first middle-grade novel, The Summer of Hammers and Angels, debuted in July 2011. It is the story of an amazing summer in a girl's life, a summer of surprises and challenges, of shocks and recovery, of discoveries and friendship, and of loneliness and community.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to Habitat for Humanity, which helped inspire the story.

Reviews for The Summer of Hammers and Angels:

“….down-to-earth life struggles combine with inspiring generosity of spirit in this uplifting debut.”

     —Publishers Weekly

“...will leave readers hungry for fried chicken and Coke from glass bottles.”

     —Kirkus Reviews

“...will keep readers turning the pages as Delia tells the story of her incredible summer in her own strong, clear, realistic voice.”    

     —Sacramento Book Review, 5 stars

"YA Books to Watch For”

     —Nikki Grimes, 2011 National Book Awards Judge, Author and Poet

Shannon Wiersbitzky was born in North Dakota, but grew up all over the place. Her first middle-grade novel, The Summer of Hammers and Angels, was published in July 2011. It is the story of an amazing summer in a girl's life, a summer of surprises and challenges, of shocks and recovery, of discoveries and friendship, and of loneliness and community.
Shannon Wiersbitzky writes books for children. You can learn more her at:
Shannon at Machu Picchu