Praise for Sometimes Brave

I hope every elementary/middle school buys a copy of this book for kids to read. Wilson has de-stigmatized homelessness.

Shirley ~ Bookseller and retired teacher

The characters seemed very real and it’s easy to like them. Write more books-that’s an order!

Natalie ~ age 11

Hazel is newly homeless and heading into the fifth grade. Her new circumstances make her life challenging and test her friendships. In Sometimes Brave, Wilson tackles homelessness, bullying, and heartfelt love of friends and animals alike. A must-read for the middle grader in your life.


A wonderful story full of hope that I can’t wait for my students to read!


You will fall in love with Hazel and her spunkiness! Sometimes Brave is an engaging story that handles the subject of homelessness in a realist and relatable way that younger readers will be able to identify with. Well written story about an important subject!

Janice~bookseller and retired teacher

A touching story about friendship, secrets, and family. The themes of bravery, loyalty, and community are woven into this sweet book about a ten year old named Hazel in Wichita. Lovely use of figurative language and some interesting complex characters. Especially great was that this book addresses socio-economic issues that are real for many people. I read it in one sitting – a very compelling narrative. I plan to buy a set of these books and read this with my 5th grade students this spring. I’m certain they will relate to the characters, have meaningful discussions around the themes, and enjoy the book. Excited!!


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