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Debra R. Barry

Debra R. Barry grew up in Riceville, Iowa and graduated from Riceville High School in 1990. She received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa in 1994 and her Masters in Teaching from Coe College in 2000. She has been a teacher in the Linn-Mar Community School District the past 18 years and lives in Marion with her husband and son. Debra began writing about 12 years ago after finishing her Master’s degree. She found inspiration from her teaching experiences, everyday living, and from other authors. Debra has three more children’s books published. Debbie’s Eyes released in March of 2011, and The Loneliest Leaf released May of 2011 and Brady Pickles released November, 2011. Debra is expected to release her first hardcover picture book in the Fall of 2012 titled: Let’s Go to the Market. For more information about the author and her books go to:

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Great story! It gives deep insight into the heads of teenagers and the lengths they can go to fit in. I could feel the MC's mortification and struggle to NOT be herself. There were some punctuation and spelling mistakes, homonyms and the like. I thought the explanation in the second part of the story about her family before goign back to the slumber party, was a little long and distracting. It seems like it might be part of a longer piece, the way it ended. Great writing, though, well done!

Frances Bell

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This was an enjoyable read (in spite of the huge blank spaces and broken lines which I suspect were due to copy & paste) until the Epilogue. In my honest opinion, the final section was unnecessary as the story ended naturally in the section before at the Acting School with the meeting of Blue Eyes. Nicely written though I'm only giving this a four start because of the Epilogue. If you have the time or the inclination, please read and honestly review 'Solophyst'. Thanks.


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This author clearly understands the struggles of American youth and the pressures they endure daily. I would like to see her find a mentor to tweak the chapters and bring it home. Make her America's next author.


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Wow! I just wanted to keep reading...its really insightful, explains a lot of feelings that are sometimes difficult to put into words. Good word choice, paints a very clear picture of what I am supposed to be seeing.


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Love the first chapter. Great word choice and vivid colors to the writing.

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