Books by Deanna Hessedal Tiddle
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Date: Feb.1, 2011
Name: Aryanna
From: California
Comment: Why do mommy and daddy fight?
Answer: All people disagree from time to time, but sometimes fights get really bad. If parents’ fights worry children, they might find useful ideas on the Help for Kids page on this site, especially, in the "Dealing with Fighting" and "What Some Children Do" sections. Some schools have counselors and books that might also be helpful.

Date: May 9, 2009
Name: Keiko
From: California & Japan
Comment: This is a great site. I enjoyed reading your interview. And thank you for your comment on my piece the other day.

Date: April 1, 2008
Name: LaVonne
From: Minnesota
Comment: Deanna, I knew you well but now I feel I know you better. I have great pride in you and the area we grew up in. You have really made something of your life. I and the community are proud of you. Keep writing.

Date: March 27, 2008
Name: Jill
From: Preston, Minnesota
Comment: I see my Grandma Carolyn left you a comment also. I plan to borrow the book from her, but it sounds as if she is peddling your book to everyone! It was nice to hear your story about the old school house. I grew up in Hader, very close to the school. I will have to ask Grandma what the games Prisoner's Base, Stealing Sticks and Fox & Geese involve... :-)
Answer: Your grandmother is so kind. She is the one who sent me the photo of our old country school.

Date: Jan. 3, 2008
Name: Brenda
From: Australia
I have only read the prelude on your site and my first impressions were, "Great to read someone expressing the heartache a child would feel in this sort of situation". You obviously have a passion to write this way and for good reason. Thank God for the written word!

Date: Sept. 27, 2007
Name: Phyllis
From: Minnesota
Comment: My husband and I both enjoyed reading your book "Hold On Jessica Don't Let Go. I grew up close to where you lived in Minnesota and went to the same church. You are a gifted writer. My friend, Carolyn, gave me the book and wanted it put in our church library. I know it will be read by many. It was so interesting to read about you in the back of the book "About the Author". Keep writing.

Date: Aug. 3, 2007
Name: Carolyn
From: Minnesota
Comment: Hi Deanna, I went to that one room school house with you in rural Minnesota and I am so proud of you. I saw that you were back for your class reunion and I just had to see if I could find anything about you on the internet and was I surprised as this is all news to me. I'll be going to Barnes and Nobel soon to find the "Hold on, Jessica" book.
Answer: What a wonderful surprise to hear from you! If you want, send your email address. It won't be posted. Please include your last name again so I'll know it's really from you. :)

Date: March 17, 2007
Name: Peggy
From: Kentucky
Comment: My grandson is 9 years old. His father is a full blown alcoholic. I think [his mother] is ... also addicted to some drug... She discovered my son in law's drug paraphenelia in their house. I see the effects of this on our loving little boy, and so does my husband, his grandfather. Please someone, help us to help our grandson and his sister who is 7. My husband is a police officer and he is scared to deal with it.
Answer: The safety and well-being of children should be our first priority. You might discuss the situation with a counselor or a trusted pastor, who can advise you as well as suggest resources available in your community. You might also visit Al-Anon at Al-Anon is dedicated to helping people who are concerned about the excessive drinking of family members or friends. Click on link for helpful materials, List of Al-Anon booklets. Best wishes and don't give up!

Date: Jan. 15, 2007
Comment: Hi! Looks great!
Good resources here. Congratulations!

Date: Nov. 28, 2006
Name: Sarah
Country: U.K
Comment: what do you do when your mum beats you and abandons you ?
Answer: For ideas, visit the "Help for Kids" page, especially #4 of "Things to Remember." Also see "What Some Kids Do" on the same page.

Date: Saturday November 25, 2006
Name: Taylor
Country: Saudi Arabia
Comment: How do I relax when parents are fighting?
Answer: Please check the "Author" page where your question and answer are posted. Also visit the "Help for Kids" page.

Date: Tuesday September 26, 2006
State: Texas
Comment: I love this book!!!! You're a cool writer!

Date: Tuesday September 26, 2006
Name: Elissa
From: Elk Grove
Comment: Is there any library that has this book because i really want to read it.
Answer: Some libraries have it. Check with your local librarians. If they don't have it, perhaps they'd be willing to order it, as it is also available in a library binding. (Check the Links to Other Sites page.)

Date: Tuesday September 26, 2006
Name: Celine
State: Sacramento, California
Comment: Did you or do you smoke?
Answer: Nope. Never have.

Date: Thursday October 27, 2005
Name: Diane
State: California
Comments: I love the way you relate to the children. After reading Jessica, I gave it to my eleven year old niece to read. She is more compassionate and patient with her peers, because she now knows that they may be "mean" because they may have some problems with their parents. This revelation has changed her social life tremendously. Thank you for writing the book.

Date: Saturday June 11, 2005 -11:34PM
Name: Bernie V.,
Comments: I love your website, it's great! It's very helpful and informative. I'm also interested in purchasing the book, Hold on, Jessica, Don't let go.

Date: Sunday July 18, 2004 - 9:13AM
Name: Kaitlyn
Comments: I'm visiting your site after you visited mine. Your books are intriguing, and I have two daughters who read voraciously. I'll seek them out, and come back to let you know what we thought!

Date: Monday June 7, 2004 - 11:33PM
Name: Bernie
Comments: I liked and enjoyed reading this short chapter of Hold on, Jessica, don't let go. I'm also interested in purchasing the book in the near future. This story is very good, well written, for both children and adults.

Date: Wednesday March 17, 2004 - 07:32AM
Name: Tadeusz Glowinski - Poland
Comments: I appeal to your generosity to donate some books (even if they are second-hand), so I can help my city's children and youth learn foreign languages. My GLOWINSKIS' LIBRARY is the first and only library its size in Poland - and in Europe, too. It came into existence without money and is free to borrowers.
With best regards from Olesnica, Poland. Tadeusz Glowiński, librarian,

Date: Monday March 24, 2003 - 12:09AM
Name: Karen
Comments: Hi Deanna. Great website. Good luck with the book. I hope it helps all the Jessica's out there and that they, too, find the strength to hold on.

Date: Friday March 21, 2003 - 01:19AM
Name: SL, glendora
Comments: say! where are your writing kernels? and the guests comments? oh my, it has been too long since i was here.

Date: Saturday March 15, 2003 - 01:14PM
Name: Sister Carol Rigali
Comments: We are trying to provide age and content appropriate books (also posters, pictures, etc) for the poorest and most at risk children of Washington, DC. These books will be donated to the elementary school libraries as well as to the individual children. Your gift could forever change a child's future. The good your gift could do may change a life.
(See link to the Heart of America Foundation®'s Books From The Heart Program on the Links page.)

Date: Saturday March 15, 2003 - 12:47AM
Name: Angela
Comments: Amazing thanks for having this on the net. I can relate. I was the alcoholic parent now I am sober over 7 years I know the pain we put on our children I am living the conciquences. But there is hope for all the children and the parents there is help alanon is wonderful and other 12 step programs.

Date: Tuesday October 15, 2002 - 07:35PM
Name: Erick T---9
Comments: What do you do when you can't think of anything to write? or When you have so many things to write about but you can't decide what to write about? (Good questions. See the "About Writing" page for ideas.)

Date: Monday October 14, 2002 - 12:21PM
Name: Linda
Comments: The first chapter is very captivating and you feel like you want to read more to see what happens next.

Date: Monday July 15, 2002 - 01:00PM
Name: Pat
Comments: "Jessica" was very enjoyable. It definitely gives hope to the children who find themselves in the same situation. I love how you explained that her father probably hated what he'd become and was ashamed, but just couldn't stop himself. Hooray for Jessica, she looks to the future, and realizes she can break away from the past and begin anew. All the best with your writing. You have a clear understanding of young people's feelings.

Date: Monday May 13, 2002 - 08:19AM
Name: Helen U.
Comments: I loved your book. I love all your books. You should be the most famous children's author of them all. Move over, Roald Dahl.

Date: Thursday May 9, 2002 - 09:13AM
Name: Hannah 11 years (from Holland)
Comments: I really liked your book and I really hope you are going to write more children books. I have also got two questions.
1.When did you start writing?
2.When did you start reading books?
(Answer is found on Author page.)

Date: Sunday May 5, 2002 - 12:49PM
Name: A. J.
Comments: Deanna is a wonderful writer, full of insights into children's lives, able to entertain while she plants insights into young readers' minds. Her writing is a fabulous replacement for what comes in on television, and she has many important and relevant messages for her audiences of children and young adults. Her style isn't similar, but I see marks of her being an S. E. Hinton ("The Outsiders") of her time, unafraid to tackle big issues or to write stories in which bad things can happen.

Date: Tuesday April 23, 2002 - 05:13PM
Name: Judy V
Comments: This web site is very nice to visit. I especially like the questions and answers section. Your book is very well written and a valuable contribution to any children's library.

Date: Friday April 5, 2002 - 06:51PM
Name: Caroline
Comments: Great web site! Helpful, interesting, simple, lovely.

Date: Thursday April 4, 2002 - 07:21AM
Name: Karen
Comments: HI Deanna! Great new page. I think it will be very helpful to aspiring new writers. Hope to see you soon! Karen T.

Date: Wednesday March 27, 2002 - 07:11PM
Name: Dolores
Comments: Hi Deanna, You are really doing a great thing for kids. I'll bet your family is very proud of you. We need more people like you. All my best.

Date: Friday March 8, 2002 - 01:59PM
Name: Susan
Comments: I am waiting for my copy of your book. I appreciate your dedication to this subject, and wish you all the best!

Date: Saturday January 19, 2002 - 02:24PM
Name: Freda
Comments: Hi, Just visiting and read the excerpt. It sounds like a good book.

Date: Thursday January 17, 2002 - 04:00PM
Name: Lynne
Comments: I wanted to check your web site. I enjoyed the first chapter. I would love to read it all one day, but can't do so right away due to travel plans. Your new book is off to a delightful start. I can't wait for it to be out, either. God Bless you mightily. In Him, Lynne

Date: Thursday November 8, 2001 - 08:47AM
Name: Judith
Comments: Read the whole book last night and was moved by the process Jessica experienced. Would like to know what happened to her in the remaining of her life. The story suggests great things ahead, or does she do the regular things really well? How does this affect the way she deals with the future curves life throws? Lovely young lady.

Date: Monday October 22, 2001 - 10:09AM
Name: sheryl
Comments: Very good. How accurate, as I grew up with a raging acholic. It is hard for me to say much about the book since I have only read ch.1, but I know it is needed.

Date: Monday October 15, 2001 - 09:56AM
Name: Gloria
Comments: Read the first chapter. Definitely made me want to read more! Hope you sell LOTS and LOTS of books!

Date: Monday September 10, 2001 - 09:57AM
Name: Dolores
Comments: This is a splendid job, so many facets--and all so well done. You've really thought out how to interest and fascinate the potential reader. The interview with YOU is special. All my best wishes.

Date: Friday August 24, 2001 - 08:44PM
Name: JanB
Comments: Nice site. The first chapter makes me want to read the rest of the book. Can't wait until it's available.

Date: Tuesday August 14, 2001 - 05:53PM
Name: Pat
Comments: The site looks beautiful. I think you have made the first chapter interesting enough to want to read on.

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