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S.S. Marshall to pen HANDPICKED series of children’s books; Sierra Palmer to illustrate

Updated: Jul 13, 2020


Meet seven-year-old Allie and her parents—from the new picture book series HANDPICKED, by S.S. Marshall, and illustrated by Sierra Palmer.

Big Small Town Books is pleased to announce that author S.S. Marshall has been signed to a multi-book deal with the company to publish a series of children’s picture books centered around adoption.


The first book in the series, and also its namesake, is HANDPICKED, and introduces readers to seven-year-old Allie—a girl whose grandparents adopted her from “a different garden” and planted her in a brand-new one, where she could bloom and grow with love.


Marshall, who also is adopted, took inspiration for the book from her own life and says that seeing her story come to life on the page is “surreal.”


“It gives me such joy and excitement,” Marshall says. “I hope this book becomes a road map for any other child who may feel lost. You are not alone on this road, there will always be love guiding you.”


Big Small Town Books publisher Dustin Street, who is also editing the book, indicated that HANDPICKED will be an excellent first children’s book for the small press, and said he’s excited for how far it might reach.


“It’s not only a fantastic story, but I’d also go as far as to say it’s an important one,” Street said. “It’s an opportunity for adopted kids to see themselves represented on the page, and it’s also a chance for other kids who don’t know that feels like to empathize with their peers and understand it and have a conversation about it.”


HANDPICKED is set to release sometime in the first half of 2020. More updates will be shared, including an official release date, as the new year unfolds.


Be sure to follow @bigsmalltownbooks, @s.s.marshall, and @sierraptattoos on Instagram.



S.S. Marshall (left) and Sierra Palmer (right)


S.S. MARSHALL is an author, journalist, and musician whose writing has been featured in several magazines and newspapers. Her short story “Still” appears in the horror anthology WITCHES OF THE WOOD, from Big Small Town Books. HANDPICKED will be her debut children’s book.


SIERRA PALMER is an illustrator and tattoo artist who lives in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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