Award-Winning Author Kristin F. Johnson

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A Middle Grade Adventure (ages 8-12+)

By Kristin F. Johnson

Paperback (available Everywhere)

E-Book and Hardcover (Amazon only)

Being fearless doesn’t mean you’re never afraid.

Jessie Nelson wants more than anything to be fearless.

Ever since the letters from Mom stopped coming, Jessie has been afraid—afraid that something terrible has happened in the war where her mom is fighting. And afraid that her mom might never come back.

Thinking a change of scenery might be a helpful distraction, Jessie’s dad moves them to a small town in southern Minnesota. There, Jessie meets two new friends: Oscar, a thoughtful boy whose brother just returned from fighting in Afghanistan; and Nicky, a goofy theater kid who constantly cracks jokes.

Together, the three kids stumble upon an old barn with the sound of terrified dogs coming from inside. Wanting to be brave like her mom, Jessie breaks into the barn and discovers a puppy mill where dozens of dogs are being neglected. While she can’t save all the dogs, she can save one. She carts the dog home in a rickety red wheelbarrow. But hiding a stolen dog from Dad and Grandpa causes more problems than Jessie anticipated.

As more time passes, keeping the dog hidden becomes increasingly difficult. In the end, Jessie learns what it means to be brave and that sometimes helping others is the best way to heal yourself.

Meet The Author

Kristin F. Johnson

I love doing school visits! I have published a wide range of books from picture books to middle grade to young adult. So I’m available for presentations to multiple different age groups.

I was born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. I was a media specialist and school librarian in Minneapolis Public Schools for two years and a radio host for KFAI’s Write On! Radio program. I live in St. Paul, Minnesota, with my family and our rescue dog. Fearless is my tenth book for kids.

Published Books

Years Teaching College Writing

Grants Won


“I tend to think you’re fearless when you recognize why you should be scared of things, but do them anyway.”

– Christian Bale, actor

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