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Jo Hackl

Outdoorosity.org and author of Southern Prize winning SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE
Founder Outdoorosity and author Random House Children's Books
Greenville, South Carolina
I am the author of SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE (Random House Children’s Books), winner of the Southern Book Prize.The book is also a Publisher\'s Weekly bestseller, and an Indie Next and Okra Pick. The book takes readers on an adventure with 12-year-old Cricket to try to survive on her own in the woods and solve a clue trail left by an eccentric artist, all to try to find a secret room that may or may not exist. Cricket must use her wits and just a smidgen of luck to live off the land and solve the clues. With the help of a poetry-loving dog and the last resident of the ghost town, maybe, just maybe, she can do it. The book includes curriculum tie-ins to art, history, geography, literature, mathematics, and science. I am also the Founder of Outdoorosity.org, a free resource for inspiration and information about nature. I love to do school visits and to work with libraries and schools on ways to incorporate nature into the programming. I have free resources for educators and other readers at www.JoHackl.com. You can find me online at @JoHackl (Twitter and Instagram) and at Jo Watson Hackl Author (Facebook). I am also piloting a project that uses fiction as a launching point to help students build skills that increase grit and resiliency. Please email me if you\'d like to apply to be part of that project. SMACK DAB is on the North Carolina Elementary Battle of the Books and I offer free Skype visits for participating teams.

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