Freedom Jane McKenzie isn’t good at following the rules. She doesn’t like any of the things that girls are supposed to like. She’s good at fishing, getting into trouble—and playing marbles. All she wants is to enter the marble competition at the Autumn Jubilee and show the boys in the neighborhood that she’s the best player.

If she can’t be the Marble King, then she’ll be the Marble Queen. First, Freedom has to convince her mother to let her enter. But there’s a new baby on the way, Freedom’s daddy is drinking too much, her little brother is a handful, and her mother is even more difficult than usual.

Freedom learns that when it comes to love, friendship, and family, sometimes there are no rules.

Set in 1959, The Marble Queen is a timeless story about growing up.

Available now in hardcover!
Also available for Kindle, MP3, and Audio!

ISBN 978-0761462279
Two Lions: December 2012

$16.99 (retail)

Editorial reviews:

"This one is for keepsies!" --Kirkus Reviews

" has the timeless feel of, say, a Ramona book...Warm and old-fashioned in the very best sense of the word." --Booklist

"Blake’s debut flourishes in its small town details and in Freedom’s amusing observations..." --Publisher's Weekly

"Hopefully this engaging first novel won’t be the only book about Freedom Jane McKenzie, because she is one likable gal." --School Library Journal

A 2013 Colorado Book Award Finalist!