Linda Baten Johnson grew up in White Deer, a small town in the panhandle of Texas. In second and third grades, she won blue ribbons for storytelling which encouraged her to tell tales for the rest of her life. Linda spent many hours packing and unpacking as she and her husband George have lived in 15 different places in the United States and enjoyed a three year assignment in England.
Between moves, Linda earned her Master of Arts degree in English and history, worked as a Realtor, a teacher, and logged many volunteer hours. Her middle grade students inspired her to write skits which incorporated learning and performing. She’s published fifty readers’ theater scripts, magazine and newspaper articles, and two books, The Friendship Train and Homer the Racehorse.
Today Linda and George combine their love of travel with their commitment to volunteering. They served a couple of months at a national fish hatchery in Kentucky and most recently, lived in a lighthouse in the upper peninsula of Michigan while serving for the National Parks Service. Home is Round Rock, Texas, which is close to family, writing friends and critique partners, and three lively grandchildren.
Please visit Linda at LindaBatenJohnson.com.
The Friendship Train
In 1947, severe food shortages threaten the lives of thousands of Europeans, but what can one thirteen-year-old boy do?
Jimmy Burns, an eighth-grader whose brother died fighting in France during World War II, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. When he and his family learn about the Friendship Train, a national food collection for France and Italy, they’re quick to respond. The family commitment turns Jimmy’s world upside down, and he realizes his actions could determine whether or not the desperately hungry Europeans survive the winter.
Price – $11.95 book; Kindle or Nook Price–$4.99
Publisher: Katy Crossing Press
Genre: Middle grade historical fiction
Available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle Store, Nook Books, Ingram Books; Baker and Taylor
Homer the Racehorse
Homer, a cocky, confident racehorse believes he’ll be a champion, but to win the big races, he’ll have to outperform the other 24,000 thoroughbreds born in the same year. Will his dream come true or will he find another purpose for his life?
“Homer the Racehorse is the story of a young colt beginning with his birth to fulfilling his mother’s promise of becoming a champion. Tracking Homer’s early upbringing and playful days before his move to the track to learn to be a racehorse is told in words that children will find an easy comparison with their play days while growing up, finding more challenges in school as they prepare to be champions in their own right. Homer the Racehorse is an easy read..a winner with a champion’s ending.”
—David E. Hooper, executive director of Texas Thoroughbred Association and member of the Kentucky Derby press corps for 42 renewals of the “Run for the Roses.”
Lulu ISBN: 978-300-15709-0 (for Nook and epub)
Price: $9.95 book; $3.99 for Kindle or Nook
Publisher: Create Space
Genre-Children, chapter book
Available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, Nook, Ingram, Baker and Taylor