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Faith Harkey

Children's Novelist

Magical Realist

Author of Genuine Sweet


At a glance


Tuesday 8:51am

writes with

fine point black Space Pen

thinks better when

shoes off

runs with

the wolves

preferred country

the undiscovered one

new book coming

spring 2018

About Faith

Children's novelist Faith Harkey is the author of Genuine Sweet, a middle-grade book from Clarion (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). You'll find her new book Sneak Thief on shelves in 2018 from Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Kids. She believes in the power of fiction to ennoble, enlighten and entertain. Her literary devotions take her to magical places In Search of Story. Nothing thrills her so much as the moment when a new character shouts out, "Tell them MY story!"

Harkey has accomplished something great in this book

— VOYA review of Genuine Sweet

Genuine Sweet

Genuine Sweet is a twelve-year-old wish fetcher. She can grant anyone's wishes ... except her own. And that's downright unfortunate, because she's also poor, hungry, and her family's only hope for surviving what promises to be a lean Georgia winter. Will she make a wish of her own, breaking the wish fetcher's first rule? Or can she find another way to get the resources her family — and the whole town — desperately needs, before it's too late? Genuine Sweet is a warm, Southern tale filled with humor, magic and a whole lot of hope.

One of the Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016
Bank Street Center for Children's Literature

In Search of Story

Faith finds her inspiration on the backroads of America. From Mississippi to Montana, Colorado to Kansas, she is drawn to places where the pace of life is unhurried and the milk comes fresh from the cow. She has traveled the country in an antique RV, writing on a computer powered by the solar panels on the roof. Her adopted hometowns include Tiger, Georgia (population 406), Grangeville, Idaho (population 3,151) and Istachatta, Florida (population 116). Faith believes that rural stories are stories that matter, stories worth living.

Hasten forth, Spiffy
The white squirrel is cunning
Cawker City, Kansas
Tombigbee turtle
Exploring the Everglades
Dog Bark Park

Scheduled Appearances

Booking Faith

Interested in hosting Faith at your school or event? Email ( Also, here is a handy guide explaining how to prepare for a school visit. )

Publicity Photo
Please feel free to crop as needed.
Photo Credit: © Mila Bridger


of scheduled public appearances
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Faith will post upcoming scheduled appearances here.


Wish Fetchers

Liza Pulitzer Voges

Literary Agent

Meet Liza

Michelle Frey

Executive Editor, Knopf Books for Young Readers

Anne Hoppe

Sr. Executive Editor, Clarion Books

Meet Anne


Mila Bridger

Author's Creative Portrait

Meet Mila

Shirley Smith Duke

Educator's Guide Writer
and Wish Biscuit Recipe

Meet Shirley

Thank You


Lois McMaster Bujold


Connie Willis


Jasper Fforde


Diana Wynne Jones


Sir Terry Pratchett


Joan Bauer


Sincere Thanks

Mrs. Bonnet
Faith's 4th-grade language arts teacher

Tori & Carol
At the Rabun County Library

At the Istachatta Library (open Wednesdays 1:30–4pm)

Dino Quinzani
For generously providing the Creative Commons photo