• Mary Campagna


Updated: Jul 3

Nikki Giovanni

Reviews UNA and other works by Mary Ellen


Jason McNeil

The Roanoke Times, May 20, 2005 by Jason McNeil

Header: “Heritage and History

cooked up Author’s Stories”

RE: Unalet P. Zipley

Roanoke never ceases to amaze me with the talent and creativity its population offers up. One of our very own neighbors, Mary Ellen Campagna, has taken a heaping helping of her own hopes and dreams, stirred them liberal portions of her love for both storytelling and history, and cooked up a treat that’s guaranteed to satiate the most ravenous literary hunger.


Megan Mizak

Una, Queen of Trouble is a well-crafted Young Adult Novel that tackles themes such as friendship, race, identity and inequity. Written with a tremendous amount of heart, Una's story is a must-read!

Megan Mizak

Branch Manager

Gainsboro Branch Library



Fred Gellman

May 8, 2022

I finished reading “Una, Queen of Trouble.” (Or as John Lewis might say: good trouble.) Thank you so much for sharing your inspired work with me. Your extensive research illuminates every chapter. Una’s passionate commitment to equality and social, racial, environmental, and economic justice are strong drivers that make her the type of protagonist readers admire and hopefully want to emulate. Thanks, Fred Gellman, Writer of the novel, Wreck Dive



Sandra Carter

Botetourt County, Va.

UNAQueen of Trouble is a page turner. It has a historical context to Roanoke, Virginia that readers will find interesting and informative. The protagonist and her friends are united in their fight to "make the world a better place".


Regina York

I highly recommend Una. This young adult novel captured the heart and the attention of this older adult. Una is a spirited young woman with a message for all of us.

Regina York

Roanoke, Virginia


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