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"The Lord works through the weakest among us in order to confound the strong." -Fr. John Catoir

Background Information

I am a Delaware mother of three who has worked in many fields including foreign exchange, social services, and business. My first two books, FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY! and BEYOND THE ORPHAN TRAIN are the true life adventures of my grandfather, Oliver Nordmark. Orphaned at age 6, sent west on the Orphan Train at 8, Oliver struck out on his own at age 15. Written for ages 8 and up, these adventure filled, coming of age stories are being well received by young & old alike. The third book, PEANUT BUTTER FOR CUPCAKES, A TRUE STORY FROM THE GREAT DEPRESSION, is the story of Oliver's journey through parenthood as he struggles to raise six small children during the Depression after the unexpected and tragic death of his young wife. Read about the adventures and pranks of Oliver's sons as they teach us that "boys will be boys" even in the hardest of times! Available July 9, 2008.


I consider my three children, who were raised to be kind and responsible additions to our world, to be my greatest achievements. After that, having signed a contract for the screen rights to my books with Los Angeles screenwriter WILLIAM ROTKO (Breach, Universal Pictures)is a close second!

* WINNER in the National BEST BOOKS 2009 Awards - Audiobook Non-fiction Category: FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY! & BEYOND THE ORPHAN TRAIN: The True Story of Oliver Nordmark and America's Orphan Trains.

* FINALIST in the National BEST BOOKS 2009 Awards - Non-fiction Narrative Category: PEANUT BUTTER FOR CUPCAKES: A True Story From the Great Depression.

*FINALIST in the 2009 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS: Children's/Juvenile Fiction - Peanut Butter For Cupcakes: A True Story From the Great Depression.

*Founding Member of the Independent Authors Guild

*Contributing Member of PODBRAM (POD Book Reviews and More)

*Member of the Orphan Train Historical Society of America and Public Speaker on the Orphan Train Movement for schools and community organizations.

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"She's able to write the story in these books wonderfully. She's a young writer, new to the craft, and she's able to accomplish that. It's very difficult. The ideal movie will bring it to a larger audience. I want to make it a family movie about that period of America and make it relatable for everyone." --WILLIAM ROTKO

Contact Information

P.O. Box 1303 
Hockessin DE 19707  
Contact Author: Donna Nordmark-Aviles

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