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From the Author

I originally wrote a shorter version of "Lost on the Road to Nowhere" as a Christmas present for my four children. I would read them a chapter each night before bed, often taking a ballpoint pen with me to mark out passages that sounded awkward when read aloud. After showing the original version of the book to some others I trust, I decided to expand it and publish it for a wider audience.
The book has been studied in several elementary schools because of its lessons on teamwork, perseverance and overcoming sibling rivalry. Although it is set on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the North Carolina mountains, it is not only a Christmas story, but a tale of adventure that can be read at any time of the year. I am most gratified when I talk to children about the book, for they are the most honest and enthusiastic audience that any author could ever want.

About the Author

Scott Fowler is an award-winning sports columnist with The Charlotte Observer newspaper and the father of four children. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fowler grew up in Spartanburg, S.C., and has lived most of his life in the Carolinas. He has also authored or co-authored six nonfiction sports books. This is his first work of juvenile fiction and was inspired by his own children. More of his work can be found on his personal website: www.ScottFowlerSports.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467923001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467923002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,089,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Fowler is an author as well as a national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer, the largest newspaper in the Carolinas. He has written for The Observer since 1994. In early 2015, he teamed up with the editors and photographers at The Observer to produce the book "Dean Smith: More Than a Coach," which celebrates the life of the legendary UNC basketball coach who passed away on Feb.7, 2015.

You can also visit Scott's personal website at www.ScottFowlerSports.com. More information about all eight of his books can be found there -- including a fast-paced history of the Carolina Panthers called "100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" -- as well as a collection of his favorite newspaper stories.

Scott's novel for children -- "Lost on the Road to Nowhere," published in 2012 -- is the fictional adventure of four children stranded in the North Carolina woods in the aftermath of a car wreck. It is family-friendly, very funny and recommended for ages 8 and up (adults seem to enjoy it too). The book has already been made part of the language-arts curriculum in several elementary schools, valued for its lessons on teamwork, courage and overcoming sibling rivalry. It can be purchased in bulk for a discount directly by emailing Scott a request at ScottFowlerBooks@aol.com.

Scott's "100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" was published in 2013 by Triumph Books. It traces the team's history and ranks its greatest games and players from 1-100. It includes chapters on recent stars of the back-to-back Panther playoff teams in 2013 and 2014 like Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, as well as chapters on legendary Panthers like Steve Smith, Sam Mills and John Kasay. It became a regional bestseller in late 2013 and went into a second printing in early 2014.

A native of Spartanburg, S.C., Scott graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina in 1987.

He worked for three years at The Louisville Courier-Journal and four at The Miami Herald before moving back closer to home to write for The Charlotte Observer's sports section. Scott and his colleague Charles Chandler combined to cover the Carolina Panthers on a day-to-day basis during their early seasons. They also co-wrote a regional bestselling book called "Year of the Cat" (1997, Simon & Schuster).

Scott followed that with "Tales from the Carolina Panthers Sideline" (2004); "North Carolina Tar Heels: Where Have You Gone?" (2005); and "Jimmy Black's Tales from the Tar Heels" (2006), which was a story of the 1982 UNC title team that Scott wrote in collaboration with Black, the squad's senior point guard. "What It Means to Be a Tar Heel" (2010), with a foreword by Roy Williams, soon followed. "Dean Smith: More than a Coach" was a tribute by The Charlotte Observer published in 2015 after Coach Smith's death in February of that year.

Scott was promoted to Charlotte Observer sports columnist in 1999. He writes mostly about the Carolina Panthers, college basketball, NASCAR and the Olympics.

Scott's newspaper work has won more than a half-dozen national awards. He has made several appearances on ESPN and was on camera as part of HBO's 2009 "Tobacco Road" documentary on the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry.

Scott and his wife Elise live with their four rambunctious children in North Carolina. He welcomes your e-mails at ScottFowlerBooks@aol.com or your visit to his personal website at www.ScottFowlerSports.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By swpwsylv on January 30, 2012
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My 10 year daughter could not put this book down until she finished it. I ran out of things to read so picked it up one night and found out I couldn't either. This book is really well written, which is a rarity in juvenile literature and quite riveting from beginning to end. It also has a nice message of self-reliance and working together as a team, and as a family. Like the previous reviewer I would love to see this made into a movie and my daughter and I look forward to its sequel!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hollywood on February 1, 2012
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My 10 year old son and I both read this book. This book was well written, funny, full of adventure, and courage! Having traveled down one of those "Roads to Nowhere" in the NC mountains ourselves, we could both totally relate to the obstacles the kids in this story had to face. We quickly got lost in the story and could not put it down until we knew how it ended! A GREAT READ for all ages. We look forward to more adventures with the "Fowler Four"!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MHCannon on October 1, 2012
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The book takes a family on a wild ride of adventure down a desolate road heading to the grandparents' home for Christmas. There is a wreck, father is knocked unconscious and the mother is badly injured. She advises the 4 children, the oldest that is 11 and the youngest is 18 months, to go search for help. They encounter snow, a bear, darkness, hunger and other adventures during their 18-hour search for assistance.

This book speaks of maturity, perseverance, teamwork, courage and ingenuity, all characteristics that children need to learn.

I don't care if you are 8 or 88; this book has a heartwarming story for all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy T. Luckey on January 17, 2012
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I wouldn't be surprised if this book becomes a made-for-TV movie and is shown every Christmas. The characters are so believable and so typical of adventurous children. I know the family in the book, and know they are fine, but I was still on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. Although the oldest is only 11, he is completely in control of the situation throughout their journey. I imagined each child , even the baby, coming thru as a real person with his/her own personality. I loved this book and will purchase several for my family and friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lebouquineur on February 1, 2015
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This was a captivating story of three brothers trudging through the snowy wilderness to seek help after their parents are trapped in a car wreck. I especially appreciated how the oldest rose to the occasion by assuming the role of family head while carrying his 22-pound baby sister on his back. Near the end of the story there was a hilarious description of one boy's opinion of his Christmas present, one of several examples of how the author does a great job portraying boyish thoughts. This would be a great story for all ages, starting from.middle school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lachula on May 26, 2012
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what a great story, this is a book which is recommended for reader 8 yrs and up and as it says adults will like it too. It is the fictional adventure of four children stranded in the North Carolina woods in the aftermath of a car wreck. Beautifully told with so much compassion. Wonderful to see how these children work together to save their parents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy R Guest on December 4, 2012
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My 8 year old son (third grader) LOVED this book! I couldn't get my kindle away from him! Great family read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom O. Powell on August 7, 2014
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A fast read and a really good story. The kids fuss like real brothers/sisters do, but it's so nice to read about a family where the kids can put their differences aside and work together to save their parents. It was clear that they all loved each other in spite of their normal fussing.

Mainly for kids, but I enjoyed it, too. Guess I'm still a kid at heart.
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