The Power of Stories to Change Minds

Wild Onion Press took off in 2009 on the mission to change minds one at a time about children (as well as about all creatures great and small) with physical differences.  We aimed to do this through literature, believing that … Continue reading


The Perfect Gift

This is a commentary that aired on Mid-Florida NPR several years ago and has become a favorite of many at this time of year.  It is adapted from Shelley’s essays in her collection THE KIDS ARE GONE; THE DOG IS … Continue reading


The Power of Reading

Shelley Mickle is an award-winning novelist. Her first novel was a New York Times Notable Book, her second became a CBS movie, and she has been a commentator for National Public Radio for more than fifteen years. Her humorous essays … Continue reading


School Success

When young children are first introduced to books, we must teach them to read from left to right. To do this, we move our fingers under the sentences as we read aloud. Of course we’re all aiming to give each … Continue reading


Shelley Mickle

About Shelley Mickle

Shelley Fraser Mickle is an award-winning novelist and NPR humor commentator. Her first novel, THE QUEEN OF OCTOBER was a New York Times Notable Book and is still taught in high schools, available on Kindle. Her second novel REPLACING DAD became a CBS movie in l999 and was listed by the New York Public Library as a novel suitable for the TEEN AGE. Her third novel THE TURNING HOUR, the story of a high school senior recovering from a suicide attempt, became THE TURNING HOUR PROJECT used in high schools as a suicide prevention tool. Most recently, Shelley was the author of the bestselling children’s book, BARBARO, America’s Horse. She began her own publishing company in 2009 with her husband, a pediatric neurosurgeon, to fill a need in American culture by publishing stories that feature children with physical differences in heroic roles. WILD ONION PRESS’s first picture book won a national award in 2011. She highly recommends HERE COMES JULIE JACK! a mystery chapter book ( 2.5 reading level) that includes over 200 high-frequency vocabulary words, and JASON AND ELIHU, A Fisherman’s Story (4th grade reading level), a novel that appeals especially to boys who might have lost interest in reading.