Mary Calhoun Brown
"Not at all Jane Austen, but not unlike her, either" -Bob Masterson
"I write about things I love."
I believe writing, creating is a gift from God, and using this gift to help others is a responsibility, a ministry, I take seriously. But writing is not who I am; it is what I do. I am loved beyond measure by my husband who supports me in all my adventures. I am a mother to three amazing young men, and having the opportunity to raise them has been the greatest joy of my life. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, an advocate for those who do not have a voice.
Some ridiculously kind people have reviewed my work in the space below. I am thankful for their words and their continued support of me as a writer and the boutique publisher who believes in me.
There Are No Words
"I can definitely say that your book will be chosen for the "Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2011" by the IBBY Documentation Centre in Norway. Usually about 120 titles from all over the world are submitted to these biennial projects, of which 50-60 are chosen for the annotated (and beautifully illustrated) catalogue and travelling exhibition, which will be launched at the Bologna International Bookfair. (The next catalogue comes in Spring of 2011.) Your book is a beautiful, genuine story about love and friendship, and I think you have captured the true hyper sensitivity to touch and sounds that so many autistic persons experience. I can honestly tell you that when Jaxon said goodbye to her new friends and slipped back through the painting and into her own world, it brought tears to my eyes."
Heidi Cortner Boiesen
IBBY DOCUMENTATION CENTRE
OF BOOKS FOR DISABLED YOUNG PEOPLE
" I am so impressed with your attention to detail and beautiful descriptions, not to mention your stick-to-it-iveness in getting it published. I'm taking a lesson! It is one thing to have empathy and another to be able to put across on paper the super-sensitivity to sound and touch. Wow. Your love of the characters shines through and the use of photos is brilliant. Boy, I could sure smell those roses and the leaves on the forest path. Great
Sara Hunter Productions
Award-Winning Author of "The Unbreakable Code,"
a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children
"Your book, There Are No Words, is lovely.
A fascinating entry in the world of autism through an endearing character going back into time to rescue her grandfather's best friend. In addition to being a great piece of writing, this book is for anyone wanting to learn more about autism from an "inside" view. There Are No Words has my highest recommendation."
Stephen Shore, Author
Understanding Autism for Dummies
As the host of The Coffee Klatch, a forum for special needs children I receive and read dozens of books every month. This book is the most inspiring, well written and captivating I have had the pleasure to read. Written for our children with a message of diversity acceptance, "There Are No Words" should be on every school's summer reading list. Exceptional!
The Coffee Klatch
“Mary brings her characters to life with an infinite attention to detail and infuses them with depth, humor and selflessness. ‘There Are No Words’ propelled me into a time and place in which even children were faced with the realities of racism and war.”
Autism Services Center
"A dream-like adventure that reads like poetry while challenging stereotypes."
Feathered Quill Book Review
Rating: 5 stars
"The most terrifying future is a future you cannot change. "There Are No Words" tells the story of a mute girl who finds herself with a voice, but sent back decades ago. With the knowledge of a train wreck that will kill one of her grandfather's friends, Jaxon MacKenzie finds herself in a time before said accident. But a twelve year old girl can't do much to stop a government train...can she? "There Are No Words" is a charming story of determination and friendship, Highly recommended."
Midwest Book Review
“Mary Calhoun Brown has given us an unusual path in getting to the story of autism. Young teenagers, their teachers and parents will be happy to have this one in their library.”
Dr. Ruth C. Sullivan,
former President Autism Society of America
"We loved this book and it made us stop and actually think about what our kids are seeing, feeling and going through in life. Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in all of the therapy of autism that we forget to stop and just see our kids.
Autism Treasure Chest
Mary Calhoun Brown is a very talented writer with the ability to narrate the story of Jaxon in a very beautiful way. Her use of language to describe how Jaxon feels and sees the word helps readers understand many of the sensory issues faced by people with autism and increases understanding and awareness of this condition. This is a very educational but also easy to read and entertaining book and I would like to recommend it to people of all ages."
Emma Martin Tobes
Pride & Prejudice With A Side of Grits
In the end, there will be two factions of readers out there: The die-hard Austen lovers who will find this to be a sin against nature as much as the ‘Zombies’ were; and others who will laugh all night long, share the scenes with their friends, and put this one on their ‘Top Ten’ lists for 2012. Ms. Calhoun Brown deserves an A+! If Ms. Austen were alive today, she’d sit on the porch with this book in her hand and laugh until she cried! Excellent job!"
"This book was a fun read. I love all of the sayings Brown used in the book and the characters were hilarious. The Miss M-Lizzie confrontation was especially enjoyable and brought to light the sharp divide between these two characters-one a social elitist and the other a commoner. The social rankings shown in the book remind us that we are all people who share many of the same problems. Mary does a great job of breaking down the walls of social ranking through Dutch, who becomes a real down-to- earth guy, by showing Lizzie that her background doesn't matter to him. This "love" relationship between two people from different worlds had a major impact for me. And we find that the two families are brought together, for the most part, by this relationship."
"Love this book! Very entertaining and a different twist on a wonderful story! Loved the language and play on words. It kept me very interested thru the whole book! I'm from Appalachia and loved the wonderful way she came up with saying's I've never heard before! Couldn't wait to find out all the ways she changed the language around to fit the characters. Well worth reading!!"
"Absolutely love it!! Laughed every time I picked the book up. I think this may be one of my new favorite books."
"I loved this quirky twist on a classic. I read it at night and woke up thinking about the crazy characters. Every page is filled with sayings that made me laugh out loud; I would even read them to my husband who got a kick out of them too. It's a must share with friends and quick to become a new classic."
"Even though I have never read Pride & Prejudice, after reading Brown's adaptation, I believe I am going to have to do so! This book is very well written and keeps you interested, laughing and shaking your head throughout! Brown's writing style is full of flair and puts you back in South allowing you to immerse yourself in the characters through her writing. Kudos to Brown!"