Keely Hutton


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Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton

✭ “Eye-opening and relevant.”
Publishers Weekly


✭ “Visceral.”



✭ “A must-purchase for teen collections.”

Publishers WeeklySTARRED REVIEW

Keely Hutton, Author

Keely Hutton is an educational journalist and former teacher. She is the recipient of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop scholarship at Chautauqua. Since 2012, she has been working closely with Ricky Richard Anywar to tell his story. SOLDIER BOY is her first novel. Ricky Richard Anywar is the founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans, and a former child soldier in Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Since escaping the LRA, Anywar has dedicated his life to rehabilitating other survivors and advocating for peace in their communities. When she’s not writing,  Keely enjoys playing piano, reading, and planning Disney trips with her family.

Upcoming Events

  • Rochester Children's Book Festival
    Monroe Community College
    Nov 07, 2020, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Monroe Community College , 1000 E Henrietta Rd Campus Center, Rochester, NY 14623, USA
    Annual Festival featuring over 40 of authors and illustrators of children's books.
  • NYLA-SSL 2020: A VISION BEYOND Conference
    Turning Stone Resort Casino
    May 29, 2020, 10:30 AM
    Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd, Verona, NY 13478, USA
    Keely will be giving a presentation on Historical Fiction at 10:30AM, participating in an Author Plenary at 3:10PM, and signing books at 3:50PM
  • Panel Discussion on Historical Fiction
    Barnes & Noble
    May 07, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618, USA
    Keely and author Marsha Hayles will be conducting a panel discussion on historical fiction at the May RACWI meeting.
  • Barnes & Noble Local Author & New Writer Spring Signing
    Barnes & Noble
    Apr 17, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Barnes & Noble, Mall at Greece Ridge Center, 330 Greece Ridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY 14626, USA
    Keely will be signing books.
  • SCBWI West/Central: "Spring Fever Annual Conference"
    Mar 22, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
    Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, USA
    Keely will be signing books and facilitating a roundtable peer critique for YA writers at the West/Central NY SCBWI Spring Fever Annual Conference in Syracuse, NY.