Twenty years ago, Judy Galbraith was a Minneapolis teacher specializing in gifted students. But she had a problem -- she couldn't find many books suitable for her wunderkinds, especially for social and emotional development. So she decided to write some herself, first publishing out of her basement. Later she recruited some likeminded writers, and pretty soon she had a company, Free Spirit Publishing, 217 5th Ave. N., in the downtown Warehouse District.
"Our core competency is for gifted kids, parents of gifted kids, teachers of gifted kids," said Amy Dillahunt, a company's publicity manager.
Recently, the company has started branching out into Minneapolis-produced self-help books for parents and teens. Titles include "Cool Women, Hot Jobs," which is aimed at helping girls figure out their future careers, and "Teen Angst," for which Miramax recently purchased rights for a possible film or TV show.
The company's many books are available in lots of Minneapolis bookstores, and can also be purchased online at Barnesandnoble.com, Amazon.com and other online retailers.
Price: most titles, $10.95-$16.95
Where available: Many locations, including Brother's Touch, 2327 Hennepin Ave. S. (M-F 11 a.m-7 p.m.; Sa 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su noon-5 p.m.); Orr Books, 3043 Hennepin Ave. S. (M-F 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su noon-6 p.m.) and Wild Rumpus, 2720 W. 43rd St. (Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tu-Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su noon-5 p.m.).