Order Companion Novels

A Novel Companion was created to provide a connection for adults and kids by reading books together but at their own level and from someone in their own age group’s perspective.

One companion novel is for adult readers and one is for middle-grade (approx. 8-11-year-old) kid readers. The books have the same setting and timeline, and the storylines intertwine. We provide discussion questions to help readers connect with each other over the story.

Our desire is to inspire readers to live well and serve others. Therefore, the companion novels focus on a value or character trait (the first one is forgiveness), and they also emphasize community service. (You’ll also want to check out our Community Service Starter Pack download.)

The companion novels were featured in the March/April 2018 issue of Children’s Ministry Magazine, which said: “This unique new book series by New York Times best-selling author Dana Wilkerson is a great way to spark meaningful conversation between moms and girls.”

Do the books have to be read together? No. They can each stand alone. You do not have to read along with someone in the other age group in order to understand and enjoy the books.

Click below to order the first two companion novels in the Hanley Series (sold separately from Amazon.com).

Not in the US? Click here for a list of available international markets and links to in-country order pages for the companion novels.



Macy Rivera is starting fifth grade with a new teacher, an old enemy, and a desire to change the world. When Macy’s teacher challenges her students to create projects that will make a difference in their community, Macy eagerly puts her creativity and organizing skills to use. The question is which project to choose.

Life would be great if not for one person: her former best friend, Olivia. They argue about everything, and they can’t seem to avoid each other. Will Macy let Olivia ruin her year, or will they choose to forgive each other and learn to be friends again?

Mustang Jessie



Elementary teacher Jess Washburn has a great life in the city: a job at a top suburban school, access to great culture and nightlife, and a feisty best friend. But when her school cuts staff in the middle of summer, the only position she can find is in the last place she wants to go: her small hometown.

When Jess left Hanley after high school, she made it clear she was leaving for good. Now she has to face the mother she can’t forgive, the childhood nemesis she can’t avoid, and the memories she can’t forget.

Will she last the nine months before she can escape back to the city? Or will her connection with her new students, an unexpected opportunity to use her skills outside the classroom, and an attractive Marine-turned-coach convince her to deal with the past and embrace her new life?


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