Stained Glass Summer is the story of 12-year-old Jasmine who adores her photographer father and wants to be an artist just like him. But when Dad abandons the family, Jasmine is sent to spend the summer with her Uncle on a Pacific Northwest Island.
Soon, Jasmine is learning stained glass from island glass artist, Opal, and thinking she might just be developing a crush on Island boy, Cole. But, it’s not until Jasmine finds herself mentoring another young artist that she can truly let go of her father and call herself an artist by her own terms. The story is ideal for readers in grades 5 through 8.
Stained Glass Summer is published by Musa Publishing, and is available for purchase at all your favorite on-line bookstores.
Hardwick began writing Stained Glass Summer when she was a seventh grade teacher at North Lake Middle School.
One day, at the Post Office, she saw a sign posted about a Writers Group meeting in Lake Stevens. The group was looking for new writers.
Each week, she brought a chapter of her book to the Lake Stevens Writer Group where she was encouraged to keep writing. Hardwick credits that writing group for giving her the encouragement to write the story and begin her path in writing for children.
Mindy Hardwick is a frequent school and library presenter. She runs a poetry workshop at Denney Juvenile Justice Center, and offers a Creative Writing Scholarship at Lake Stevens High School.
Students interested in the Creative Writing Scholarship should see Ms. Lafortune in the Counseling Center for an application. The scholarship deadline is April 30, 2012.
You can find out more about Hardwick, including more information about her book, Stained Glass Summer, at her website: www.mindyhardwick.