Former Hinckley student writes children's series

September 24, 2018


Former Hinckley Elementary student, Shelley Chollett Pierce, pens middle-grade fiction series, "The Crumberry Chronicles." Pierce’s first middle-level speculative fiction and first book in The Crumberry Chronicles, “The Wish I Wished Last Night” was released October 2017. “Battle Buddies,” volume two of the series, was released September 4, 2018.

In Battle Buddies, readers are drawn further into the life of 11-year-old Jase Freeman and his ability to get himself into trouble, even as he tries to do the right thing.

 Fifth grade teacher Jessie Miller shares her impressions of the new book. “Jace's story continues and through him we struggle and learn how to find joy. As a teacher, Jace's story is a significant reminder that all of my students could be inspired by the joy they see in me and that there are daily opportunities to teach not only academic curriculum but also life lessons. I highly recommend Battle Buddies to students, teachers and parents. I plan to get several copies for my classroom bookshelf. From a teacher's perspective, Mrs. Pierce perfectly captured the daily worries and struggles of students. Everyone that reads this will take away more than the time it took to read it. Just as in her debut novel, this sequel simmers deliciously with dialogue and multiple story layers creating the tastiest 'hot dish.' Inspiration, joy and answers to life's questions can be found everywhere and in the most unexpected places.”

Battle Buddies is 204 pages in paperback and retails for $9.99. It is available from in both paperback and ebook.

About the Author

Shelley Pierce, daughter of the late Gary and Joan Chollett of Cloverdale, Minn., was born in Shakopee. She attended Hinckley Elementary School and has fond memories of teachers, friendships and trips to the library. Nearing her middle-grade years, her family moved to Reserve, Louisiana. Growing up with influences of extreme differences continues to influence her writing.

Shelley and her husband, Tommy, live in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Here they raised their four children and now enjoy the gift of grandchildren. Tommy is the senior pastor of Towering Oaks Baptist Church in the town of Greeneville, and Shelley serves alongside him on staff as the director of preschool and children’s ministries. 

Children inspire Shelley. She loves their enthusiasm and creativity. She enjoys the opportunity to minister to families and befriend the children in her life.

Her writing experience includes 2018 Selah finalist, book one in The Crumberry Chronicles series, "The Wish I Wished Last Night," various curricula for LifeWay Childhood Publications (known as LifeWay Kids), “The Upper Room,” and “Power for Living,” and as contributor to “The Mighty Pen,” “Short and Sweet,” and “Guideposts: The Joys of Christmas 2016.” Her current works-in-progress include volume three in The Crumberry Chronicles series and a devotion and inspirational book for the pastor’s wife.

She blogs at

Elk Lake Publishing Inc. is a traditional Christian publishing company based in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It publishes a variety of fiction genres as well as nonfiction with a twist, including Bible studies and Christian life.

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