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I am a former youth services' librarian from Florida. Now I live in the Charleston, SC, area and right now am a full-time mommy to a very active two-year-old. I have two books published: "Irrepressible Lucie Archer", which is for 9- to 12-year-olds; and "Before the Beast", which is for young adults. I have a wonderfully supportive husband and two crazy, but sweet, cats, a large and silly p... More
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12/29/2016Book 549 (0 Comments )
Mog in the Dark, by Judith Kerr, Collins Picture Lions, 1986.Despite having lived in England for a few years during my youth, and then, much later, growing up to be a children's librarian, I wasn't familiar with Mog books.  At least I wasn't... Read the rest of this post
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Clara and the Bookwagon, by Nancy Smiler Levinson, illustrations by Carolyn Croll, HarperTrophy, 1988.This book is delightful, from the sweet story to the absolutely charming illustrations.  There is even a hefty dose of humor in it, for those... Read the rest of this post
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Books 1 - 2 from Karen's published works
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1. Before the Beast (Paperback)
    Author: Karen Fyke Kirchel
    Publisher: PublishAmerica
Young Adults 01/14/2008
6 Reviews  
2. Irrepressible Lucie Archer (Paperback)
    Author: Karen Fyke Kirchel
    Publisher: PublishAmerica
Ages 9-12 09/18/2006
8 Reviews  
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Books Recently Added to Karen's Bookshelf Ages Date Added
Books 1 - 3 from Karen's bookshelf
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1. Un-Brella (Hardcover)
    Author: Scott E. Franson
    Illustrator: Scott E. Franson
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Ages 4-8 6/24/2009
Karen said: I love this book! It is so beautiful and imaginative. It flies off of the shelf at our library.
tags: I recommend
77 Reviews  
2. Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia (Hardcover)
    Author: Barbara O'Connor
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Ages 9-12 6/23/2008
Karen said: I read this book when it was a Sunshine State Reader for 2007-2008, and I very much enjoyed it.
tags: I recommend
83 Reviews  
3. Song Of The Sparrow (Hardcover)
    Author: Lisa Ann Sandell
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
Young Adults 4/2/2008
Karen said: I read YA books regularly for my job, but this book stands out for its beauty of the language and the fresh interpretation of an ancient tale.
tags: I recommend
683 Reviews  
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Comment by Kathryn Ault Noble on 2/14/2013 at 6:29 PM:
Hi Karen, it was fun to find you on JF. Wanna be my friend here, too? :)
Comment by Ashley Letizia on 10/11/2011 at 10:50 AM:
Nice to meet you, Karen and thanks for the kind words. :)
Comment by Jeannine Garsee on 9/25/2011 at 12:48 PM:
Thank you for your comment, Karen. I hope you get a chance to read them. :)
Comment by Jill Starishevsky on 6/1/2011 at 1:44 PM:
Hi Karen,

I am looking to get the children's book I wrote, My Body Belongs to Me, into more schools across the country. All suggestions welcome.

Jill Starishevsky
Author, My Body Belongs to Me
Comment by Louise Nottingham on 3/30/2011 at 12:33 PM:
Love the pictures of Thomas! He is the cutest!
Comment by Serena Diosa on 9/20/2010 at 12:57 PM:
Hi Karen, thanks for accepting my invite! May you have a wonderful evening! - Stay connected!
Comment by T. William Phillips on 9/14/2010 at 9:29 AM:
Hope you are having a good time on JacketFlap. Enjoy browsing the books.

Comment by Louise Nottingham on 5/3/2010 at 2:45 PM:
Hi Karen! Thank you for posting on my jacketflap! Don't you miss writing poetry with me?? hehehe
Comment by Dayle Dodwell on 3/15/2010 at 8:25 PM:
great to meet you and connect.
Comment by K JB on 1/26/2010 at 6:37 PM:
Hi Karen! Lovely to meet you. . .your work looks quite interesting and I hope to take a closer look soon! All the best to you!
Comment by Medeia Sharif on 1/24/2010 at 6:59 PM:
Hi, Karen. It's nice to connect with another Floridian here.
Comment by Peggy Archer on 1/15/2010 at 8:22 PM:
Enjoy your 'baby boy' time, and keep up with writing your books, Karen! I loved working in youth services at the library for my two short years there :)
Comment by Karen Fyke on 1/8/2010 at 8:25 AM:
Before I retired, I was the school librarian for a small school district in our county. What fun. Except that when I retired, the crazy supt. replaced me with a part-time aide! Talk about a slap int he face! But he's a jock/jerk!
Comment by Karen Fyke on 1/8/2010 at 8:24 AM:
I write non-fiction. Latest effort was the Eureka, Illinois, Celebrating 150 Years (sesquicentennial book). Am now working on the Woodford county veterans book (a two-year project).
Comment by Barbara O'Connor on 9/18/2009 at 6:36 AM:
Hi, Karen: Thanks so much for your nice note. I'd be honored to sign a book for your son. I don't sell books, but am certainly happy to sign and return one to you. You can email me at barbaraoconnor AT mac DOT com if you think you'd like to send one to me.
Comment by Kakie Fitzsimmons on 8/16/2009 at 12:58 PM:
Hey Karen, I am just stopping by to see how you are doing as my JF friend. I hope you have enjoyed this great summer season. I am getting ready to release a new children's book about basketball, should be fun. I look forward to staying connected. Blessings!
Comment by Wilson Williams, Jr. on 7/31/2009 at 9:52 PM:
Hi Karen, Thanks for the invite!
Comment by Barbara O'Connor on 7/29/2009 at 2:06 PM:
Hmmmm...stomp, stomp? That's a good suggestion! Thanks!
Barbara O'Connor
Comment by Pamela Goodman on 7/29/2009 at 12:49 PM:
Hi Karen, thanks for the nice comment! did you rewrite the myth for your book "before the beast"? I love that story, I have an illustration of cupid & psyche. :)
Comment by Kieran Kelly on 7/27/2009 at 3:47 AM:
I loooove your truck ! you got a good husband there !
Comment by Kieran Kelly on 7/27/2009 at 3:43 AM:
Its an absolute joy to be you friend !
I thought jacketflap had gone to sleep lately
Kieran x
Comment by Loni Edwards on 7/14/2009 at 7:18 PM:
Hi Karen! Its nice to meet you here! :)
Comment by Tom Hannah on 7/13/2009 at 8:29 PM:
Hi Karen-Thanks for adding us and the chance to share our book with you. The library has always been a special place for us. Our best to you Tom and Tess
Comment by Liz Rettig on 7/10/2009 at 4:25 AM:
Congratulations on being featured author on the Polka Dot Banner site! Great interview.

Liz x
Comment by Nikki Boetger on 6/20/2009 at 10:24 AM:
I am SO glad the two of you enjoyed the book!

Thanks for the support, Karen!
Comment by LBB Ward on 6/4/2009 at 8:38 PM:
Thank you so much for the friendship!

Comment by Kristi Valiant on 5/28/2009 at 11:38 AM:
Thanks for the comment about my new book! Congrats on your first two books and happy writing on the third!
Comment by Lori Laniewski on 2/4/2009 at 2:59 PM:
Hi Karen,
Thanks for joining me. Keep in touch.

Comment by Deb Lund on 7/2/2008 at 9:01 PM:
I'm a fan of librarians -- especially when they're writers. I spent years in those shoes, and I appreciate all you do for kids. Isn't it fun showing them revisions?
Monster kisses and dinohugs,
Comment by Lisa Fox on 4/11/2008 at 11:34 AM:

Thanks for your lovely comments. Well done on your writing, and good luck with your new book!
Great to be included in your friends, look forward to getting to know you. Stay in touch!

Comment by Rinda M. Byers on 3/18/2008 at 7:22 PM:
Again, so nice to meet you! I think it is wonderful that so many librarians are writing now. rindawriter
Comment by Rachelle Miller on 2/25/2008 at 7:25 PM:
My pleasure! Your work is wonderful :)
Comment by Marilyn Panton on 2/18/2008 at 10:46 AM:
Hey Karen,
Thanks for the invitation to be your friend. It is wonderful to meet others who share the same passion for books. I used to be a teacher/librarian in our school system and this new endeavor that I am involved in was a super place to land. We're all about literacy, reading and th... more
Comment by Jan Godown Annino on 2/17/2008 at 10:29 PM:
Compelling titles. Are any set in Florida (where I am, too.)
& a WoW! office trivia item, about the "Beyond Spiderwick" linkage via office phone, etc.
Best wishes with all your creative projects.
Comment by S. Brooke on 2/4/2008 at 6:06 AM:
Hi Karen
Thanks for inviting me in! Good luck on book 3!!!
S. Brooke
Comment by Nikki Boetger on 1/27/2008 at 2:28 PM:
Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I work for a library to. Once I was a Youth Service Specialist, but now I am the graphic designer for the Lane Libraries in Ohio. As you can probably relate, working in a library is a window of opportunities! It has certainly helped to boos... more
Comment by Sue Corbin-Browne on 1/26/2008 at 6:31 PM:
That sounds intriguing! Can't wait to read it!
Comment by Karen Kirchel on 1/26/2008 at 6:19 PM:
"Before the Beast" is a retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth, told in Psyche's voice and from her perspective.
Comment by Melissa Drier on 1/23/2008 at 10:57 AM:
Hey Karen!
I am so excited to get to chat with another Youth Services Librarian! Awesome! Congrats on your writing accomplishments!! Melissa
Comment by Yuyi Morales on 1/16/2008 at 4:42 PM:
Karen, you are so right. It is great to be recognized for doing what you would do regardless.
Thank you for your congratulations!
Yuyi Morales
Comment by Jim Brenneman on 1/15/2008 at 5:33 PM:
Hi Karen:
Thanks for the comment. I love to draw and the chance to share it with people is wonderful.
Comment by Mavis Hor on 12/18/2007 at 1:31 AM:
Hi Karen,
Very nice to meet you here. I just found this good place, where i can see many good books, communicate with many writers, illustrators, publishers.
May I recommend myself to you, if you have any questions on printing and need some consultation, you can contact me any time.... more

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