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See reviews for Mateo and the Gift of Presence below!

“Finally, an author who helps us understand that we sculpt society to meet the needs of our children and not the other way around. This work is a heart-warming journey of growth, understanding and celebration!”
-Melissa Schlenker, MS – Middle school counselor, Sacramento CA

“If you are a Harry Potter fan, you are going to love this book! It is the most creative adventure story I have read in a long, long time. Even after I finished the book, I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters and the story. It really makes you think. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!!”
-Hana, age 11, grade 6

“In the best tradition of William Steig, Aesop’s Fables and Tales of Beedle the Bard, Ruthy Ballard spins simply and beautifully written tales for curious minds of all ages.”
-Leslie Lange, Soccer mom, Ventura CA

“A uniquely captivating and dazzling adventure into the reaches of inner and outer space. A wonderful, valuable read for both children and adults alike!”
– Angelica Kaner, PhD – Psychologist/Psychoanalyst, New Haven CT

“Entertaining and intriguing! This book is so good you can’t put it down. I finished it in one night! If you love adventures, you will love this book.”
-Paige, age 11, grade 6

“A fun fantasy for middle readers with a big imagination.”
-Andrea Schlimgen, Librarian