Kimberly Behre Kenna grew up on the Connecticut shoreline where she spent much of her childhood outdoors exploring the waters and beaches of Long Island Sound. As a former teacher, she enjoyed writing plays with her students about historic ecologists and then resurrecting them on stage to solve present-day problems. Now, as a writer, she gets to daydream daily about stories that celebrate brave kids finding voice in nature. Visit her at kimberlybehrekenna.com
"It's unusual to find a middle-grade read that deftly navigates both peer relationships and the politics of adult interactions... the lively ecological and social threads that run through the mystery offer many thought-provoking moments." --D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review "Birds love Artemis Sparke. Trees love her. Readers, too, will be captivated by this fiery, quirky, and determined twelve-year-old protector of salt marshes. Kimberly Behre Kenna's debut novel is lively, magical, and wise. An essential read for these times when the earth is in such urgent need of care and we are in such urgent need of hope." --Ona Gritz, author of August or Forever "In Artemis Sparke and the Sound Seekers Brigade, a young girl finds her voice as an environmental advocate as she fights to save a local salt marsh. Artemis Sparke's compassion for others, her environmental concerns, her creative activism, and her powerful voice, will surely spark inspiration to work for change. Kimberly Behre Kenna has written a page-turning guidebook for the next generation of readers who are inheriting difficult environmental problems, but who--as this book reminds us--have the potential to learn from the past and to create lasting change." --Diana Renn, author of Trouble at Turtle Pond and Tokyo Heist "A lovely tale full of pluck, passion, perseverance, and a dash of enchantment. A heartfelt adventure with a courageous young heroine determined to save her beloved salt marsh against daunting odds."--Sandra Waugh, author of Lark Rising and The Adventures of the Flash Gang series "A timely theme, nuanced characters, a story brushed with a touch of magic. Kids will love following the lead of environmentalist, Artemis, as this book is rich with opportunities for science investigations and experiments." --Carol Wallach, CT recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching "Kimberly Behre Kenna has written a terrific middle-grade novel that will inspire readers of all ages. Artemis Sparke is a strong, passionate, courageous protagonist who speaks her truth even when her stutter challenges her communication. She won't allow anyone to invalidate her deep connection to nature or impede her ambitious plan to save a salt marsh from destruction. This entertaining page-turner has unforgettable characters, family drama, ghosts and secrets, surprises and suspense, and, without being pedantic, illuminates the urgency of battling climate change. The world needs more role models like Artemis Sparke." --Pamela Gray, screenwriter, Conviction, Music of the Heart, A Walk on the Moon "Featuring a strong and compassionate character, Artemis Sparke and the Sound Seekers Brigade is an engaging story about friendship, protecting nature, and speaking up for what's right even when it feels like no one will listen. Some helpful ghosts add layers of humor and mystery to this heartfelt novel." --Lynne Kelly, author of Song for a Whale "Warning: Artemis Sparke is pure energy! Equal parts ecologist, artist, scientist and historian, Art had me riding her tailwind on her mission to protect the delicate salt marsh of Long Island Sound. And, oh my, the stakes are high-- environmentally and personally! Kenna's well-crafted debut is a timely gift." --Leslie Connor, National Book Award finalist and author of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle and Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?