Millie Richmond - Children's Author
First Place Winner
Florida Writer's Association
Royal Palm Literary Award​​
​Early Chapter Book​
AR (Accelerated Reader) Level
3.8​
     Nine-year-old Hildy's story begins with her secret that her hearing is diminishing.  She tells nobody, not even her "most best friend."  But the longer she keeps this secret, the more problems she creates. From simple teasing things escalate to getting lost on a field trip one day and losing track of her little sister on another.  Later she finds herself alone during a fire drill.  Finally, Hildy seeks help. Her sense of humor returns and her strength of character grows.  Hildy is ready to take on even the class bully.

Hildy is available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com​​

How many of us wanted a dog when we were children? Here's a little girl's story of what any one of us might have faced when we asked for that puppy.  But most likely this ending isn't what we expected.  Enjoy this delightful childhood moment.
Reviews
I highly recommend this book for its universal message of understanding those who may seem "different."  Great writing, high interest, with an unpredictable ending.
                                          Dr. Dena Prentice
                          Former Instructor​​, Florida Atlantic University,
                                         College of Education​
Entertaining and inspirational . . .
                            very well done!​
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​                                     Lynn Sholes,
                                    Reading Coach,​
                          Citrus County (FL) Schools​
Whether it's called a disability,a handicap, an impairment, makes no difference to the child who has a hearing loss.  In Hildy, Millie Richmond has given us a young heroine who is sometimes baffled, sometimes frustrated but always positive as she works her way through situations her hearing loss gets her into.  Written with humor . . . this is a story for any child with a disability and for those who live with them.                    
                                                                                                                                                                   W. C. R. Pollitt,
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Daddy's Gone steps into the shoes of a boy whose dad recently died. It acknowledges his feelings of loss and offers a slice of hope, rather than a platter of platitudes. Brief and to the point, this book reassures children their feelings are "normal."  It also reaches out to adults, offering a perspective they may overlook.  Grief counselors have found Daddy's Gone to be a valuable resource.
Reviews
This book helps kids know owning  a dog is a big responsibility.  All my dog friends and I hope every boy or girl who wants a dog reads this book.
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Snuggles,
                                                        A  "Heinx 57 Variety"​

Knowing you are loved is important to a dog. This girl already loves the dog she hopes to bring home. I hope her mom says yes!
                                                              ​              Ginger,
                                                                     A Wheaton Terrier​​
Daddy's Gone can not only be therapeutical for a child but also informative for an adult . . . during times of grief.
Mark Moran, Asst. Exec. Director                                         American Institute of Grief Counselors
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Daddy's Gone is very touching and above all, it validates the feelings of children experiencing loss. Ms. Richmond has masterfully addressed those real feelings.
                                        William I. Dorfman, Ph. D.
                                        Professor of Psychology,
                              Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale​​​
Sometimes it's what we don't say that means the most.  Millie Richmond gets this simple message across beautifully in Daddy's Gone.  It's a message of equal importance whether you are an adult or a child.
                                N. Miner,​
                                                        Elementary Enrichment Teacher, CT​