Maria Grosskettler is a lover of the written word. To her, piecing together the perfect string of words is like composing a melody. Though writing has been a passion since the time of her Winnie the Pooh journal, she began her career as a teacher and spent over ten years instilling a love of reading and writing into young students. In 2020, she released her debut middle-grade novel entitled Tracks, has since taken a leave of absence to homeschool her own children, and has discovered content and copy writing which allows her to connect with people and share their stories with the world.
When not reading, writing, or teaching, Maria enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons seeking adventures every day. As a family, they enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, and kayaking. She lives in Maryland for part of the year. The rest of the time, she travels the world creating her own adventures.
Maria Grosskettler is the "Wizard of Words" 2022.
Mind Rocket Media Group
This is the best book I have read yet in fifth grade. "Tracks" is for people who love mystery, adventure, a little bit of sadness, mischievous, snooping, and even a little scary! I suggest you read this book, no matter how old or young you are. Just read this book as soon as you can!!!
Grosskettler weaves the story of the two young investigators with their struggles against internal conflicts. The adventures involve listening and thinking as well as daring escapes and rescues. Both characters recognize their weaknesses and try to move away from the past. Tracks by Maria Grosskettler would be a diverting read to share with a child of ten or over. Grosskettler offers characters who make mistakes, feel the pain or regret of poor decisions, and eventually learn from them. She also captures the quaint charm of one of the best small towns in America—Berlin, Maryland.
Review of Tracks by Maria Grosskettler
by Greyhound Reviewer--Joan D. Cooper joandcooper.com
Tracks is a delightful tale of two small town kids from Berlin, Maryland unraveling their town’s mysterious history. An abandoned train station, a haunted hotel and lots of secrecy make the story interesting and adventurous.
I recommend this book to all young mystery readers and to the adults who grew up on Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. I’m impressed with the writing style of this first time author and I hope to see more stories evolve from this one.