What's New

Out now! Paperback edition of Under the Freedom Tree! A Junior Library Guild Selection, NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Chicago Public Library Best Picture Book, and more! 

Details at UndertheFreedomTree.com.

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When I'm not writing my own books, I coauthor, edit, and proofread other people's projects. I also write as Susan Wood, so be sure to check out the Susan Wood Books site.

What They're Saying About...

Under the Freedom Tree

[An] immersive true story of courage and grit. —Publishers Weekly

Rock 'n' Roll Soldier

A remarkable story about the transcendent power of music. —Graham Nash

  An Apple Pie for Dinner

This scrumptious tale is perfect for reading aloud. —School Library Journal

 Raggin' Jazzin' Rockin': A History of American Musical Instrument Makers

Remarkable and exciting. —Chicago Tribune

 Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story

Buy this now... a biography that benefits from memory and family lore as well as interviews and research.  —Rolling Stone

Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out

Probably the best book on rock & roll ever published.—Steve Riggio, Barnes & Noble CEO

Race with the Devil: Gene Vincent's Life in the Fast Lane

The best thing I've ever read on Gene Vincent. —Ron Weiser, Rollin' Rock magazine and Rollin' Rock Records

© Susan Vanhecke 2022