Girl Scout Memoir Provides Insight into Using Adversity to Fuel Achievement

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Nancy Reagan, Gloria Steinem, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Martha Stewart, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Dakota Fanning, Taylor Swift — all Girl Scouts! Celebrate the 100-Year Anniversary of Girl Scouts with LITTLE MISS MERIT BADGE, a new memoir which takes readers on a nostalgic, comical, bittersweet journey into accomplishment addiction.

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts and Dr. Ronda Beaman has written a harrowing yet humorous coming-of-age story that examines the role being an over-achieving Girl Scout plays in a young girl’s desire to improve her life, feel loved, and be noticed.

“I was hooked by the age of six.” So begins LITTLE MISS MERIT BADGE (Wyatt-MacKenzie, Feb. 18, 2012). Ronda Beaman confesses her drug of choice was earning Girl Scout badges. Lots of them. And she never quite kicked the habit. This entertaining memoir follows the oddball adventures Beaman had earning her many badges as she explores the nature of resilience and the accomplishment addiction many young girls develop to compensate for growing up in a challenging environment.

Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of PAY IT FORWARD reviews, “LITTLE MISS MERIT BADGE is a warm and wise account of what it takes to build a life of merit and then pay it forward."

Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 reviews, “Beaman’s book proves you can have the best of everything, even in the worst of circumstances, if you are willing to work at it.”

Jerry Scott, syndicated cartoonist of "Zits" and "Baby Blues" reviews, “Ronda Beaman can sew the Laughter Badge onto her double sash of accomplishments. This book is funny, poignant and meaningful.”

LITTLE MISS MERIT BADGE includes book club questions and an invitation to have the author appear at book club or troop meetings (in person or via Skype, phone, or Twitter). Visit for more information and giveaways. Earn online badges with the Facebook app, The Merit Badge Project.

LITTLE MISS MERIT BADGE: A MEMOIR (Wyatt-MacKenzie, Feb. 18, 2012) Paperback ISBN: 978-1-936214-47-1, 242 pages, $16.00. Also available for $7.99 on Kindle, Nook and iBook.

AUTHOR BIO: Dr. Ronda Beaman wrote the award winning book, "You’re Only Young Twice." Named the first recipient of the National Education Association’s “Excellence in the Academy: Art of Teaching” award, as well as Mother of USA Today’s Most Creative Family, she served as a faculty resource at the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) university in Argentina, Kyoto, and India. Dr. Beaman is director of leadership studies at the Orfalea College of Business at the California Polytechnic University. She has been featured on major media including CBS and Fox Television, USA Today, and is a national thought leader for American Health Network and presents to groups from 10 to 10,000 on a broad range of substantive and inspiring topics. Dr. Beaman earned her doctorate in leadership at Arizona State University. She is also a certified executive coach and personal trainer with credentials from the Aerobic Research Center. She is a former Girl Scout.

Ronda Beaman littlemissmeritbadge(at)gmail(dot)com

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. is an award-winning independent publisher in Deadwood, Oregon known for providing an unparalleled author experience since 1998.

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