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Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different

While checking off my blog reading I noticed this week’s interview on Market My Words: the Marvelous Marketeer is with Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different). Readers, I confess that time simply got away from me. I meant to blog about Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different last fall when it was released, but life happened and I just got distracted. Now that I’m thinking about summer, national parks, and vacations, I remembered that I really never shared just how cool Kristin O’Donnell Tubb is. Forgive me and simply enjoy the links. 

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different is an historical fiction account of the beginnings of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through the eyes of 11-year-old Autumn in 1934. This will pair well with Mike Graf’s book Great Smoky Mountains: Ridge Runner Rescue. 

GSM is a scientific fiction book (not sci-fi/fantasy, but a fiction book full of science). Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different is a historical fiction book that contains a great deal of comedy and a very fresh voice. 

I see this being read very quickly by an animated teacher who loves to bring history and quirky characters to life. Personally I struggled every time I had to type or say the ungrammatical title, but I know author Kristin O’Donnell Tubb insisted upon her doing things "different" not "differently."  <grin> When you read this title, you will be capitvated with 11-year old Autumn Winifred’s viewpoint of life in Cades Cove. Readers and listeners will be drawn in so quickly, they’ll be surprised how involved with Autumn Winifred’s life they become. 

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s research into the background of Caves Cove and the beginning of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park shows in the careful details throughout this delightful middle-grade novel. Strong historical fiction makes you face unpleasant aspects of history – like eminent domain and how the Cherokee people felt during their removal. There aren’t any magic wands to make the ending easy so be prepared to discuss this with your students. There’s plenty to research as you read along and when you end. 

Need to help demonstrate to teachers how to integrate those massive lists of standards they have in cross-curricular units? Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different is a wonderful book to pair with language, social studies, and science units. For a discussion guide for Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different, please click here! Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s website is and her blog is located at

When her first book was released, Kristin was on a blog tour with the following blogs:
Laura Bowers Shop Talk Tuesday,
Jessica M. Burkhart, Tween Author,
Rae Ann Parker, 
Alice’s CWIM Blog, (Debut Author of the Month for October!)
-Great review on The BookPage
-Susan Sales Harkins’ review on BookPleasures
TeensReadToo has a review & I find more & more of my students check their reviews
Kathy Rhodes shared the experience of watching Kristin’s novel develop

Check out the Book Trailer by Paige Feldman available on YouTube.