Margaret Ball Ottman

Author and Illustrator

Proceeds from sales of THE LONELY LOON will benefit AS research through the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (, as well as Margaret's nephew Henry's long-term care. (Henry was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder AS at the age of 6). 

About The Lonely Loon 

Growing up surrounded by his loving family, a young loon doesn't realize that he's different until one day when he can't find his way home. Shunned by other loons when he asks for directions, the lonely loon learns about being different the hard way.

Inspired by stories her family made up during their summers in Maine, and by her nephew, Henry, who was diagnosed at age 6 with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome, THE LONELY LOON is a story about tolerance and compassion, and the importance of looking beyond our differences in order to see all we truly have in common.

Reviews for The Lonely Loon:

'It's a beautiful story of acceptance, tolerance and compassion...a good bedtime story and perfect for read aloud sessions in schools and libraries.

 - - 'Reader's Favorite 5-Star Review'  

This should be in all school's really wonderful!"

 - - R. Sanson


'You have created a lovely story, beautiful illustrations and a personally placed and lived triumph!'

 - - KB Milhoun


'My son Liam heard your book at school today. He couldn't stop talking about it and all the great messages it contains. He asked me to order 'a million copies' since it's for such a great cause. I wish we could!'

 - - S. Boatwalla