Kerry first captured the attention of young adult readers with her novel Offsides, (William Morrow) selected by the New York Public Library as one of the Ten Recommended Books of 1997 for Mature Teens.
Her second book, Writing Smarts: A Girl's Guide to Writing Great Poetry, Stories, School Reports, and More!, (American Girl Library) helps kids craft their own stories and poetry.
The first book in her Maggie Valley series, Gentle’s Holler (Viking Juvenile Books), was published in 2005. Set in the town of Maggie Valley, North Carolina, in the Smoky Mountains, these are books about the laughter, love, music, and hardships of a family with ten children in the 1960s. Louisiana’s Song (2007) and Jessie’s Mountain (2008) were published in rapid succession due to reader demand.
In 2009, Viking published Up Close: Harper Lee, a biography of the To Kill a Mockingbird author written for teens.
Other works include her newest short story, "Seeds of Destruction,"which was a finalist for the Raymond Carver Short Story Prize, published by Carver Magazine in May of 2004. Her play, "Chattanooga Flamenco," was a finalist at Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2002 and 2003. An essayist, she is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and online publications.
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