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The Tempestuous Trial of Maybelline Meriweather
The Tempestuous Trial of Maybelline Meriweather
by Michael Hewes, illustrated by Sarah Hewes


 
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New Orleans, LA: River Road Press (pub: October 2018)

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Maybelline Meriweather has been put on trial for the most heinous of crimes—stealing an egg from another bird’s nest.

Maybelline, without a doubt one of the most colorful citizens of the town of Avian Mile, finds herself in a difficult spot as the accused and, after consulting with the Mockingbirds, retains the renowned Atticus Peck to take her case. A riveting courtroom drama ensues, rich with revelations, cross-examinations, and flighty admissions. In the end, justice is served, and Maybelline is finally—with much joy and fanfare—able to explain the curious behavior that first marked her as a suspect.

Told in alliterative style and referencing more than fifty fascinating and beautifully illustrated bird species, Maybelline’s tale is one to be enjoyed by readers of all ages—feathered or not.

As an undergraduate at the University of Southern Mississippi, MICHAEL HEWES shared the hallways of his dorm with a chicken named Maybelline. Ever since, memories of the old banty have popped up now and then. Michael went on to pursue a career in law, and on the way home from a deposition he began to wonder what would happen if a chicken were put on trial for stealing another bird’s egg. By the time he got home, the first two stanzas of this book were written. Michael is the author of the novel Watermark and has been featured in numerous journals and periodicals. A retired JAG officer, Michael practices law in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he lives with his wife, three boys, two dogs, and a cat. No chickens though.

Her mama used to say that SARAH HEWES picked up a pencil when she was three and never put it down. Sarah received her first art award in first grade and has never looked back. Her love for nature is reflected in her work and she has spent the majority of her career painting birds, although this is the first time she has adorned them with pants. Sarah’s work hangs in corporate and private collections throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, and her art has been published in two books. She is the mother to three sons, has nine grandchildren, and has fostered twenty-one dogs – so far.

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