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Interview Subjects

  • Raptor rehabilitation and conservation
  • Growing up with a brother who has Down syndrome
  • Growing up the child of lesbian mothers during the 1980s
  • Domestic adoption of a child from the foster care system
  • Creative writing/publishing for young writers
  • Pacific Northwest flora, fauna, and adventure
  • Quirky domestic family travel
  • Homeschooling children with learning disabilities
  • Distance-learning for children and adults.

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About the Book (Short Version)

After 13-year old California surfer Solo Hahn accidentally injures a neighbor boy with Down syndrome while pursuing the Great horned owl that killed his kitten, he’s forced to do community service at raptor rescue center in Oregon.

See a longer description of Avenging the Owl.


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Melissa’s interview with The Oregonian
Melissa’s interview on KLCC
Melissa’s interview on KBOO
SheKnows Review
Powell’s Books Staff Review
Book excerpt from
Essay on people with Down syndrome from The Oregonian
Essay on Melissa’s brother with Down syndrome from The Register Guard

Oregon author Melissa Hart spent eight years rehabilitating injured birds of prey and training owls for educational presentations. She's the daughter of lesbian mothers and the sister of a man with Down syndrome. As an internationally-published author/essayist and a creative writing teacher for both a distance-learning high school and a Master of Fine Arts program, she has exciting stories to share as well as tips for making your own stories and poems soar.

Melissa is available for speaking engagements, interviews, and appearances. She’s delighted to speak to groups in person and via telephone or Skype. See her upcoming calendar of speaking engagements here. Download descriptions of her school and library presentations for young readers here.

Melissa Hart is the author of the middle-grade novel, Avenging the Owl, and two memoirs for adults. She's a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, a co-founder of Creator & Collector Services, and a nonfiction writing teacher for Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Eugene with her husband, daughter, four rescued cats and a terrier.  Learn more about Melissa Hart’s writing at

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