A Girl’s Courage Too seems to pluck much from reality To tell a story that’s impossible to put down. This is a tautly composed story that refuses to be ignored; though; It is not filled with rancor. Mary Ellen doesn’t just survive; she thrives and leads a full life.  
 Foreword Clarion Reviews
​Mary Ellen harbors a "secret" she believes would destroy her family if revealed. 
Those drawn to artful, engaging drama that reads like an intimate memoir should find A Girl's Courage an inspiring, cathartic read. 
 BlueInk Review
A girl learns to rise above a traumatic past in this debut fictionalized autobiography.
A courageous story about a brave heroine.
  Kirkus Reviews
A testament to courage written honestly and simply. From the first page, to the end, I was hooked on an emotional roller coaster of highs and lows from the hilarious to the profound."
Carole Edwards, Dudley, MA

I laughed and cried right along with you as I read; not wanting it to end. I ordered four copies to send to friends."Marge Bujnowski  Goshen CT

"Heart wrenching...Your ending sent chills down my spine."
Genia Wennerstrom Old Greenwich, CT

"Trauma happens in every life-how we handle it is what matters. You have lived your life with courage and pride. Thank you for your thought provoking and entertaining book. I loved it."
Sally Felton Deerfield, IL

"A Girl's Courage is beautifully written, poignant and wonderful." 
Beth Bruno, Danbury, 

"I read it straight through the minute I opened the book. I thoroughly admire the honesty and courage it took to tell your beautifully written story. This powerful and poignant memoir could be a best seller with a writing style that has great appeal for the mass market."
Nan Seandel, East Hampton, New York

Mary Ellen has accomplished
 that most difficult of all things;
taking life with all its wants 
and making it into art.
It must be a great feeling 
to be able to write about 'it' 
and know that you are a survivor. You see, 
I too am a suvivor,
 Some day 
I'll tell my story.
 I love you, girl."


"I started reading your memoir today, and, quite literally, I couldn't put it down. It is a joy and an 
uplifting experience to read your story of
 forgiveness and redemption.
 Life is indeed a strange town!"
Congratulations.  Alan Lapidus   Naples, Maine

"Thank you for your book and for the peek into the soul of a little girl trying to figure out why life is so mixed up. I look forward to those minutes when I have time to read, mostly on the way home from work.
 I love the way you write and can put myself right 
there in your world. I wonder when I look at your 
childhood pictures, as I do when I look at my own,
 how one small-frail child can grow up to shoulder
 so much. 
 I am thankful you had the courage to write."
Patricia Rosa, Queens, New York
"I stayed up all night and read your book right 
through. Congratulations for putting your 
thoughts on paper, and saying it so well. 
You have handled all things adverse with a great
attitude, and again, that humor that always 
permeates, and helps, situations."
Terry McCarthy
Old Greenwich, CT
I read your book three times. The first time with
 my breath held, skimming through. Then the 
second time, all the way through. And third 
slowly to relive some of the parts.
 I loved it! I can't tell you how much it touched me. 
 Thank you for such a beautiful story of portraying life on Manton Avenue. I recommended it to all my family including my Mom."
Charlene McNalley Benicia, CA


Mary Ellen Sinclair was born in Providence, Rhode Island. 
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. 
She lived and worked in New York City for 30 years as an exhibiting artist.
She now lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, where she continues to work as an artist and author.
​A GILRL'S COURAGE TOO - by Mary Ellen Sinclair

A Girl's Courage Too is an important book, that I expect took courage to write—and immense strength to live through. What you describe is all too familiar to many of us (yes, “me too”). Yet it goes far beyond a potentially depressing “here we go again.” Your writing is honest, fresh, and your artist’s eye has been invaluable in choosing just the right details to make your scenes and people in the story vivid and memorable. And ultimately it’s a story of hope—and I think that this is what makes your book an important one.  

Sophia, Hudson Valley NY
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