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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley | Fighting Words

October 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Please join New York Times-bestselling author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (The War That Saved My Life) and Jenny Dodson-Weihl, a Stewards of Children authorized facilitator, for a discussion of Bradley’s most recent middle-grade novel FIGHTING WORDS. This middle grade story of sisterhood, sexual abuse, and healing has received seven starred reviews and is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Children’s Literature.

This event is intended for educators, parents, and other adults. Due to the anticipated sensitive content of the discussion, registration is required for this free event.

Copies of Fighting Words can be purchased as an add-on to your free registration.


About the Panelists:

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling author and Newbery Honor Medalist of The War That Saved My Life, The War I Finally Won, and 15 other books for young readers. She was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Ind., near the setting for her first novel, Ruthie’s Gift, and lived in Indianapolis for several years with her husband and young family until moving to a farm outside Bristol, Tenn., where she now lives. She has a grown son and daughter, five small nephews, several horses (most retired), a new puppy, and more cats than she ever thought she’d acquire. She loves to travel and to find unexpected stories in every-day history. Visit her online at www.kimberlybrubakerbradley.wordpress.com.

Jenny Dodson-Weihl is a Stewards of Children authorized facilitator. As a former school law attorney and training coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates, she has seen the impact of child sexual abuse first-hand. She currently works as a consultant with Missouri KidsFirst where she leads the Missouri Stewards of Children Network and helped create of the “#Essential4Kids” campaign which highlights the need for all adults to recognize and respond to child abuse. As a Mom and an active community member, Jenny is dedicated to empowering adults to identify, prevent, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. She is hopeful that together we can create safer environments for all of our children!


Ten-year-old Della has always had her older sister, Suki: When their mom went to prison, Della had Suki. When their mom’s boyfriend took them in, Della had Suki. When that same boyfriend did something so awful they had to run fast, Della had Suki. Suki is Della’s own wolf–her protector. But who has been protecting Suki? Della might get told off for swearing at school, but she has always known how to keep quiet where it counts. Then Suki tries to kill herself, and Della’s world turns so far upside down, it feels like it’s shaking her by the ankles. Maybe she’s been quiet about the wrong things. Maybe it’s time to be loud.

In this powerful novel that explodes the stigma around child sexual abuse and leavens an intense tale with compassion and humor, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley tells a story about two sisters, linked by love and trauma, who must find their own voices before they can find their way back to each other.



October 28, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm