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100,000 Readers For My Heart To Find

To my astonishment and delight, we continue to see an (apparently) undiminished enthusiasm for The Green Ember Series. In fact, a while back we sprinted past the 100,000 books sold mark. That feels special to me. We usually don’t talk about numbers, but this might give you a little bit of an idea of what we are seeing. (According to industry veteran Steve Laube, the average book from a major publisher sells 10,000 copies lifetime. Across all titles, the lifetime sales average is a tiny fraction of that.) We are still just getting going and I’m amazed and bucked up by the generosity and eagerness from readers. It’s an incredible gift. There are exciting things happening! (More below…)

We have been stretched pretty thin recently (okay, for kind of a long time), so we have done little-to-zero “marketing.” We have only done a fraction of the work we would like to be doing in connecting more readers for this series. But, you guys have been telling your friends. You have been doing the work of sharing. You are…

Sharing your love for #TheGreenEmber Series on social media.

Taking a few seconds to write enthusiastic reviews at Amazon, or Audible, or Goodreads.

Getting my newsletter (and reading it)!

Liking our Facebook Page, and following on Instagram

Wearing your #RabbitsWithSwords shirts, your Heather necklaces, playing with your Picket swords, and telling your friends IN PERSON about the series!

Creating book clubs or Green Ember parties to celebrate and help kids explore the books more deeply.

Writing blog post reviews, sharing interviews, and hosting giveaways.

And on and on!

Word of mouth is far more effective than anything we can do and you all are doing it. Thank you! 

I get such wonderful notes from both parents and kids and one thing I hear over and over is how generously so many folks are sharing the books. I just read a note this morning from a family who had bought five copies to give to other families. And that’s not uncommon. I’m amazed and grateful for these incredible allies we’ve been given. What a gift!

As I work on The Green Ember: Book 3, I’m bucked up by the way so many are embracing the series. Speaking of Book III, I better get back to work…or bad things might happen.


  1. Mr. Smith, we LOVE your books. Our sister gave them to us. She found out about them from Jacklyn Kestner. She went to your church in West Virginia. Jacklyn goes to our church in Springfield Illinios. We told Jacklyn that we love your books and she said she would tell you. Thank you for writing your books!!!

    1. Hi Rachel and Josiah!

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m happy to hear you have enjoyed the books. Our family loves Jaclyn. She’s a peach!

      I’m working hard on the next book now. I hope you enjoy it!

      God bless you.

  2. Mr Smith, I read the whole series in like, a week! I loved the books so much! I even suggested them to our school Librarian! She got them, and my friend started reading them to! I can’t wait to read the next book, if I wait any longer, I might explode!!!!! Thank you so much for writing The Green Ember series!!!

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Please do not explode. Doctors say it could be bad for you. 😉

      Thanks for suggesting the books for your school. I’m so grateful!

      I’m working hard on book 3 and it’s coming along pretty well. I can’t wait to share it with you and everyone else.

      God bless you, Sarah.

    1. Hi Heather (great name by the way). Thanks for giving my stories a chance. I hope you enjoy them!

  3. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Green Ember from Sarah McKenzie to All About Learning Press. Excited for my kids to dive in to them this summer!

  4. Thank you so much for creating such an awesome series and world. We are still working our way slowly through them. We got way layed this last year so I think come fake they will be our first read alouds of the school year, especially since I have the audio now. 😉 Once again, thanks for providing a great, safe fantasy world for our childrento get lost in. It has RABBITS with SWORDS. 🙂

  5. We are just finishing up the Wingfeather Saga series and have been looking forward to reading your books next. Can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about 🙂

  6. We just started The Green Ember and so far my son is loving it! When we finish a chapter he always wants to keep going.

  7. My girls (ages 6 & 8) love your books. We read many good books aloud as a family, but your books have been among the top favorites! Everything we read is now compared to The Green Ember books. Thank you so much for all the hard work you’ve put into these books. Although we are eagerly awaiting the next book, we all agree we don’t want you to hurry to the point of sacrificing quality.

  8. My kids (and I!) are anxiously awaiting the next book. Hope you are at the Midwest Great Homeschool Convention next year as well because we would love to meet you!

  9. I wasn’t sure how my kids would do with the story as my oldest was in kindergarten when we read the 1st book as a read aloud, but they loved it and are waiting for me to get the 2nd book started!

  10. I just love your sense of humor! We read your books out loud to our 4 older kids. We live in the southwest where there are lots of hawks. Every time my 3 year old sees one she exclaims Morbin Blackhawk! I think she might think that’s the proper name for a hawk now. Thanks for providing hours of imaginative play for my kids.

  11. We heard about your book series from All About Learning and The Read Aloud Revival. I’m excited to read them to my kids!

  12. My children and I have found a new love of reading aloud through your books! Thank you for telling a great story and sharing it with others. God Bless.

  13. So happy to learn about this series from All About Learning Press. My daughter are going to love it!

  14. My son loved your books; I am anxious to ise them as a read aloud for the whole family! Thank you for your creativity!

  15. I haven’t read these yet, but they are next on my reading list and I’m very excited to get started!

  16. Our family loves your books! They are our very favorite read alouds. I have recommended them to several families. My youngest son says he hopes your new book comes out soon because he is really excited to see what happens next!

  17. I’ve been looking for a new series and or author for my son to start. This looks like the next series to try out. He loved The Lion and Witch and the Wardrobe and I have a feeling he’ll love your books too. I’m so glad I heard about it today!

  18. These are amazing books! We read the first book and have just started the second. Can’t wait to see what happens!!

  19. Our family is patiently awaiting the next installment! We devoured the first three books and are anxious to hop alongside these honorable rabbits as they discover their destiny. My 7-year-old has become a voracious reader and I have no doubt The Green Ember series has played a key role. Thank you for sharing this classic story with children young and old. A true gift!

  20. I have heard nothing but fabulous reviews about your books and cannot wait to read them with my children!

  21. We received a copy of the first book via Kindle and my two 6th graders LOVED it. They talk about the book to their friends and when I told them there were more books in the series they could not wait to get to the library. Thank you!

  22. I cannot wait to start these books with my kids… We just received our first one! I think we will all love them!

  23. Our family loves this series! My high school age sons read it to the middle school age son at bedtime. Their room is filled with adventure and fun, laughter and sound effects. Thank you for writing a great series.

  24. We have loved all three of the Ember series books so far! Our whole family gobbled them up quite quickly. Have already listened to the Green Ember twice and can’t wait to own the series, these have become a fast favorite!! So so excited to see what comes next!! We are all waiting in excited anticipation for the next books! Thank you for writing such great stories and sharing them! ❤️

  25. Mr. Smith, I learned of your books through Read Aloud Revival and thoroughly enjoyed them and can’t wait for the next! I am very much looking forward to introducing them to my kids!!

  26. Living in India, I’d never heard/read about your books. I just read about them on Marie Rippel’s newsletter(allaboutlearningpress.com). I would love to read your book as would my 9yr old. The illustrations seem to be very lively. I hope you take it as a compliment that in addition to the rabbit theme, the illustrations match Beatrix Potter’s epic.

    However, the clincher for me is that there is a girl hero in these books.

    1. Thank you, Bhavana!

      I hope you enjoy them. I agree about the art. Zach Franzen did an amazing job.


  27. My son is so excited there will be a book 3!! We found the series through a recommendation of RAR and have thoroughly enjoyed the series and had some great conversations because of them!

  28. I’ve heard of your books through Storyformed and now again from All About Learning Press. I can’t wait to read The Green Ember series. I’m confident my six year old son will LOVE them — really our entire family, as we love sharing new books together as read alouds.

    Best Wishes!

  29. My daughter was mesmerized by the first book! We haven’t gotten the second yet, but she looks forward to finding out what happens.

  30. Just started reading Green Ember and can’t put it down! So action-packed….shared it with my homeschool support group Mamas who are always looking for great read aloud! Thank you for writing excellent stories!

  31. We have heard so many great things about you and your books. Can’t wait for us to dive in. Thanks for sharing your creativity with the world!

  32. I think my 10-year-old daughter would love this series! Can’t wait to get them for her!

  33. I am thinking of using your books in my homeschooling curriculum for my son. I am excited to learn more about your books.

  34. This is a new series for us. Looking into reading the reviews and speaking with others who have enjoyed. Congratulations on the success!

  35. We are reading The Green Ember aloud as a family and everyone -from the four year old to the thirty seven year old- is really enjoying it. I am so glad a friend of ours mentioned this series!

  36. We are so excited to start the Green Ember series!!! We don’t own them yet, but praying we will soon!!! God Bless

  37. My daughter has read & loves the first book, I didn’t realize there was a sequel! She’ll be so excited. We heard about the 1st book from a fb post from blog called “Faith Takes Flight” & I just learned about the sequel from the All About Learning Press fb page. Social media definitely seems to be working for you!

  38. Your three books are my kids absolute favorite! We bought the audio version so we can listen on long car trips, and the whole family (including Dad) doesn’t ever want to stop and get out of the van! The kids all enjoy curling up in a corner somewhere and listen by themselves too. I love how Heather and Picket are just “ordinary” rabbits called upon to do extraordinary and hard things. They inspire my children to do what is right even when it is hard. We can’t wait till the next book comes out! Thank you so much for all you’ve put into these books and into the lives of my kids!

    1. Angela N,

      Thank you for these words. You are so kind to take a moment to share them. I’m honored by your family’s enthusiasm and care. We all want the same things for our kids and I’m glad we can partner up to share these stories with them. God bless you!


  39. The Green Ember series is a HUGE hit at our house! My son couldn’t put it down, and is anxiously awaiting another! Thanks for such a beautiful and inspiring story! ❤

  40. The only negative thing I can say about this series is that the next book is not out yet and we are on pins and needles waiting to find out what comes next! Our family listened to this story on a holiday road trip. My husband and I were just as captivated by the story as the 6 children in our car. So much so, that we ordered the next audio book for the drive home.

    Thank you for such an exciting and well written series that our whole family can enjoy!

  41. Thank you for such a fun books my kids love the first one and can’t wait tell I get them the 2nd book? Thanks

  42. My daughter and I have really enjoyed your books. We both love to read, and my daughter wants to own your books so she can re-read them!
    Looking forward to the next book!

  43. I’m always looking for new books for my girls and was excited to hear about yours on All About Spelling. They look great!

  44. We are listening to The Green Ember audio book, and we are hooked! I can tell this is a series we will want to have on our bookshelves to read over and over again!

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