University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Marie Joy

Buddy the Soldier Bear is Marie Joy's debut children's book.What began as a sketch of a bear on a piece of paper at work one day developed into a charming tale that gives back to those who serve our countery. Marie lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband. She works at ASU as a Success Coach for Military Students and is thrilled to help our heroes achieve their goals! She loves to travel.

Marie's dad served in WW II and her oldest son seved in Iraq and Afghanistan. When sending care packages to soldiers, she always dreamed of writing a children's story that could give back to our brave heroes. She partnered with Brandon Pollard, a talented artist who is a veteran that served with her son. They formed a friendship and kept in touch, and collaborated on this book together. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire children to dream big, and to bring awarenes to military and veteran causes. Buddy the Soldier Bear donates to nonprofit organizations who support active duty military and veteran's causes.

The book has won numerous awards, including first place the Arizona Authors Literary Contest Children's Literature category and the Readers' Favorite Illustration Award. Marie has been named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading for two consecutive years by the Authors Show. She is currently working on a sequel to Buddy the Soldier Bear, which will introduce a new character of a veteran service dog. Stay tuned!

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Scheduled events:
Indie Author Pavilion - Children's Books
Indie Author Pavilion - Children's Books (Seats 6)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Authors: Michael Baumann, Michelle Buvala, Tracy Cooper, Marcie Feldman, Marie Joy, Marc Severson

Buddy the Soldier Bear
Children / Teens
RJ Henry Publishing
January 2017
ISBN 978-0997924909
32 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Buddy the Soldier Bear is a delightful tale of a stuffed bear who takes a magical journey in a care package to a soldier. More/less

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Tucson Medical Center

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Stocker Foundation
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Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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Marshall Foundation

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