About Writer April Gardner

April Gardner holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in social work, both from Loyola University Chicago. She has lived in Detroit, Chicago, Boston, and Kosovo.

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Ms. Gardner has written the following books, available for sale on Amazon.com:

Shadow Birds


Eight-year-old Mariah Graystone likes making shadow puppets on the wall while she tells stories to her younger sister, Ariana. One night, Mariah creates a shadow bird — and she comes to life! Shadow Bird flies around the girls’ house and becomes injured after a harrowing encounter with Muffins, their cat. The sisters must think of a way to nurse Shadow Bird back to health — and get her back to her shadow world!

Shadow Birds is available in paperback, ebook, and audio book formats.