Michelle Houts

Michelle Houts lives and plays on a family farm in Ohio with her three children, the famer of her dreams, some cattle, hogs, a whole lot of barn cats, a few goats and a dog named Hercules. She enjoys reading, cooking and hiking any place that has hills because it is very flat where she lives. An eternal student, Michelle has degrees in special education and speech-language pathology. The Beef Princess of Practical County (Delacorte Press), Michelle’s first novel for middle grade readers, received the 2010 International Reading Association Children’s Book Award for intermediate fiction and was named the 2011 Nebraska Agricultural Children’s Book of the Year. Her second book, The Practical County Drama Queen(MuseItUp, 2014), follows Frannie Ryan’s adventures on a Northern Indiana family farm. Michelle has two additional books scheduled for release in 2014.


The Practical County Drama Queen

Middle Grade Fiction


Frannie’s got ten weeks to stop her brother from making the biggest mistake of his life. Can she do it?






















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"I am not even sure where to begin with this one, so this might just be a bit of a ramble because there is soooo much in my head with both this book and these characters!!!  All i can say is  .. YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!"

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"...this book is perfect for the younger crowd. It gives them the fantasy of a fairytale, the elements of a mystery and just enough of a love story not to "gross them out""

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"This book has it all, love, action, tragedy, I highly recommend it to anyone who loves sci-fi."
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"This book has so much to offer, I loved the characters so much & theres so much to offer in this new series, that waiting for us fans will be sheer torture to say the least."
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