Leah's Story tells of an African-American girl born on a rice plantation, who grows up serving her rich owners in Georgia. Her life, like so many others, could have ended there were it not for a bit of education and Emancipation, which gave her, and later her children, opportunities to fulfill their dreams. Told in journal form, taken down by the mysterious “Miss Elliott,” Leah’s personal history comes to life like the tiny birds she carves, revealing a lifetime of love and opportunity amidst a culture filled with hardship, pain, and loss.
BIOGRAPHY As a child, Connie Huddleston loved history and dreamed about her future as an award-winning author. However, she got sidetracked and became an Army wife, a mother, an elementary school teacher, an archaeologist, and an historic preservation consultant, all before publishing her first book! Now in 2019, she has published 14 volumes, all dealing with her first passion (don’t tell her husband and children) — our nation’s past. She’s won numerous book awards.
Connie writes fiction under the name C.M. Huddleston and history volumes under her full name. Her time travel series written for middle grade to young adult readers occupies much of her thoughts as there is so much to consider—like can dogs time travel?
She resides in a log cabin near Crab Orchard, Kentucky, with her husband, a retired Army officer, and an Australian Shepherd named Katie (who often time travels to far off meadows to chase deer). Connie enjoys the quiet of rural Kentucky, except when Katie barks at deer, turkeys, and of course, the UPS truck!
In 2016, Connie won her first Gold Medal for Greg's First Adventure in Time. In 2017, she won again for Greg's Second Adventure in Time. 2018 brought a silver medal for Greg's Third Adventure in Time. All her Literary Classics medals now hang proudly in her office as she works on edits for her new manuscript, next to the certificate for her award for Winter Wonder.
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