Karen Meyer, Author  

Historical Biography and Christian Fiction for Children


NORTH TO FREEDOM by Karen Meyer is the story of the escape of two young slave boys, Moses and Tom. The boys take their chance to flee from their cruel owners in Kentucky and make their way to the freedom of Canada. Relying on the assistance of the enlightened folk who provide safe passage, shelter and hide-outs, they find goodness and kindness in many. But who can they really trust and will the slave catchers and their allies (who want the reward) get to them and force them back to Kentucky before they reach safe new lives?

Karen Meyer’s story is a well-written and often nail-biting adventure that takes the reader on a perilous journey to reach freedom. Danger and threats are at every turn, but this contrasts with the kindness and bravery of those who are willing to help runaway slaves. North to Freedom takes a poignant look at the horrific abuse and cruelty that befell those forced into slavery in this period of history (1800s). While fiction, it is also a true reflection of the “underground railroad” or passage to freedom that was set up by many and they are included as characters in the story. Meyer conveys the desperation and, at the same time, the faith in God of many who were consigned to live such terrible lives.

I loved the characters of Moses and Tom – their determination, bravery and belief in the goodness of many. The Butler family showed human nature at its best and, while the story is about escape from slavery, the focus is very much on the goodness of more enlightened people of that time. This is a book that will teach young readers about slavery through involving them in the plight of the two young characters. It will provoke discussions about the immorality of slavery and enable young readers to reflect and learn. Highly recommended as an important addition to any child’s home or class library.

North to Freedom
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite

THANK YOU for your great books. Our library system has recently acquired your wonderful books about the Ohio Frontier. I know they will be popular with young readers. I just finished Missing at Marietta, and I must admire your ability to weave early Ohio History with the "story format" that will interest young readers. I am a native of Marietta and marvel at your ability to incorporate real pioneers into the story.

lan Hall

Public Library of Steubenville
and Jefferson County, Ohio.

WHISPERS AT MARIETTA is the latest middle school historical mystery from the Mysteries of the Ohio Frontier series. In this appealing, popular juvenile series, historical fact and detail are mingled tastefully with appealing, fictional young
protagonists who must make life choices influenced by the known occurrences and conditions of the era ...

Whispers at Marietta is excellent juvenile historical 
fiction, a door opener for kids to tempt them to explore frontier history further.

Midwest Book Review,
June 2013,
Mystery and Suspense Shelf

The Tiara Mystery
           Reviewed by Sarah Steele
             for Reader's Favorite 

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THE TIARA MYSTERY by Karen Meyer is a children’s historical novel set in 1880s Dayton, Ohio. Young Claire Russell is heartbroken by the possible eviction of her family from their lovely home, which serves as a small boarding-house. With the assistance of dashing Orville Wright, Claire, her brother Reuben, and their friends put on a play to earn money to pay off their father’s debts. But the imaginary mystery in the play’s plot is soon overshadowed by a real one. Things keep disappearing from the house. Mysterious noises abound in the night. Claire’s cat goes missing one evening. With the future uncertain, and the fate of her family and their boarders up in the air, can Claire learn to trust God and find out who’s really behind all this?​

An introduction to the 1880s for children doesn’t get any better than this. It’s rare to find a historical book that nails research and entertainment equally well, but Karen Meyer has done that and more in The Tiara Mystery. The story’s effortlessness made me feel like I’d stepped into 19th century America for a day, experiencing the accurately shown world of Dayton, Ohio that Claire and her circle lived in. But the mystery didn’t lag behind the solid facts and the endearing set of characters, each perfectly placed against a structured, naturally developed plot, which built the Russell family and their boarders (the elegant German countess, the prim schoolteacher, Miss Green, the bullying Mr. Drummond with his surprise flair for acting, and the rest) into a fun, absolutely real set of people. This is a book I’d pick up more than once and be sure to pass around as well.

Simon Kenton
Unlikely Hero
Reviewed by Marc Faulkner
​Assistant of the Kenton Kin Association Website

I PERSONALLY HAVE TO SAY that I love, love, love what you are doing with this project!!!  I have read three Simon Kenton books (Eckert, Kenton and Clark-along with hours upon hours of internet research while putting together the Kenton Kin's new website) in the last year, so I have a fair point of reference.  It is easy to see that you have researched your subject well and I appreciate that you are making every effort to keep things historically accurate. 

I know I speak for all of the Kenton Kin Association, when I say we take our family history seriously.  As a group "the primary objective of our organization shall be to promote the life and deeds of General Simon Kenton, frontiersman, scout and protector of early Kentucky.  To promote Kenton genealogy.  Encourage family unity and fellowship.  Preserve Kenton artifacts and historical accuracy."  In this regard, you have hit a home run and I am behind your project 100% - I support what you are doing all the way! Marc Faulkner assistant editor The Kenton Kin Association www.thekentonkin.wordpress.com
Karen Meyer's Midgrade Novels are Published by Sable Creek Press