Karen Young is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor specializing in food, tourism, and human interest stories. When not at a computer, she loves to wander and discover new places. Do you want to know where to find the best grilled cheese in the world? Just ask! A graduate of the University of California Berkeley, Karen's career has transversed through the worlds of journalism and entertainment as a newspaper and magazine editor, website founder, book editor, public relations/social media consultant, and food festival curator. Her first children's book, The Girl with the Magic Ponytails, will be published by Huqua Press on October 6, 2020.
The Girl with the Magic Ponytails
The Girl with the Magic Ponytails offers colorful imagery and engaging prose for children ages 4 - 8 designed to unleash their vivid imaginations as they discover their own unique magic. It will be available October 6, 2020.
Riley is an imaginative child with a great big secret flowing through her extra-long, chocolate brown ponytails. With a flip, a swoosh, and a twirl, she sparks a special kind of magic with her ponytails, allowing her to set sail on the high seas with a neighborhood dog, latch onto a shimmering star, skate on the ribbons of a rainbow, and even time travel to a pre-historic land where she meets up with a ginormous friend.
Thanks to Riley's magical hair, she is empowered to experience a world of possibilities while helping neighbors and animals in need, tending to self-care and learning to embrace the magic within.
The Girl with the Magic Ponytails was inspired by the author’s daughter, Rachel, who was born with a full head of dark brown hair that from early on was styled into two symmetrical ponytails. As Rachel grew, so did her ponytails. Up until elementary school, Rachel would rarely leave the house without them.
“She could never really say exactly why she was so attached to her ponytails,” Young said. “I always thought that for Rachel, the ponytails held some kind of ‘magic.’ The kind that spurs imagination, lifts the spirit, and ultimately, strengthens identity.”
From Huqua Press/Padaro Press, the publisher of Grammy Award-winning Brandi Carlile's Caroline, Graham Nash's Our House, and Heart's The Dog and the Butterfly. The Girl with the Magic Ponytails offers colorful imagery and engaging prose for children under eight, inspiring them to explore their own unique magic and vivid imagination. Written by food and human interest journalist Karen J. Young and illustrated by award-winning artist Yoko Matsuoka.