What's New

Such a great year for Under the Freedom Tree! A Junior Library Guild Selection, AudioFile Earphones Award-winner, included in Chicago Public Library's list of Best Picture Books, and much more! 

Details on my blog and at UndertheFreedomTree.com.


Hello! I'm so glad you're here!

Relax, look around, make yourself at home. 

When I'm not writing my own books, I coauthor, edit, and proofread other people's projects. I also write as Susan Wood; be sure to check out the Susan Wood site.

Be sure to check out my blog, and don't forget to drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you! 

What They're Saying About...

Under the Freedom Tree

[An] immersive true story of courage and grit. —Publishers Weekly

Rock 'n' Roll Soldier

A remarkable story about the transcendent power of music. —Graham Nash

Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story

Buy this now... a biography that benefits from memory and family lore as well as interviews and research.  —Rolling Stone

Coming Soon

Who's this guy? Only the snazziest bandleader and stereo-sound pioneer of the space-agey '50s and '60s, Juan Garcia Esquivel! Dude's so cool, I just had to write a book about him—look for Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist in 2016 from Charlesbridge Publishing, by Susan Wood. Illustrations by the wildly talented Duncan Tonatiuh!

 Raggin' Jazzin' Rockin': A History of American Musical Instrument Makers

Remarkable and exciting. —Chicago Tribune

Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out

Probably the best book on rock & roll ever published.—Steve Riggio, Barnes & Noble CEO 

An Apple Pie for Dinner

This scrumptious tale is perfect for reading aloud. —School Library Journal

Race with the Devil: Gene Vincent's Life in the Fast Lane

The best thing I've ever read on Gene Vincent. —Ron Weiser, Rollin' Rock magazine and Rollin' Rock Records

© Susan Vanhecke 2016