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Aubrey's Attic. A Fox River tale about a hotel, hidden slaves... and a pea-shooting mouse. Paperback – March 11, 2014
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Wisconsin's past comes alive and finds present-day relevance in Aubrey's Attic, a gentle adventure about a 9-year-old girl's preparation for a local history pageant. When she goes rifling for costumes in the attic of the Trading Post, a real-life historical site on the Fox River in Butte des Morts, Wisconsin, Aubrey Thorpe finds much more than dust and trunks of forgotten clothes. When Aubrey's friend, Tilisha, finds proof in the Trading Post's attic that her African American ancestor was hidden there in a stop on the Underground Railroad, the story takes a particularly poignant and educational turn. Adventure ensues when Tilisha's historical evidence is stolen by a fierce owl and must be retrieved. Harold Thorpe's rollicking, spot-on kidcentric writing wonderfully pairs with Aaron Boyd's beautiful, expressive illustrations. A winning author-illustrator collaboration, just right for fourth-graders who are learning state history. --Karyn Saemann, Inkspots, Inc.
About the Author
Harold William Thorpe grew up in Southwest Wisconsin and lived in Mineral Point, Ridgeway, and Dodgeville before graduating from Barneveld High School. After high school, he earned an education degree from UW-Platteville. He then worked for eleven years in Janesville, Wisconsin first as a general education and special education teacher, then the last four years as a school psychologist. During these years he started a business and earned a masters degree in educational psychology from UW-Madison. Afterward, he left Janesville for Utah State University where he earned a doctorate degree in education. Upon returning to Wisconsin he took a position at UW-Oshkosh, where he initiated a program that prepared college students to teach children with learning disabilities. For the next twenty-five years he taught classes, supervised undergraduate and graduate student teachers, and served in administrative positions as a graduate program coordinator, a department chairperson, and a college associate dean. But his first love was conducting research that produced more than twenty-five publications in education and psychology journals. He lives in Butte des Morts, Wisconsin, a small lakeside community near Oshkosh. Although he had published non-fiction books, upon retirement he decided to learn how to write fiction. He recently published Giddyap Tin Lizzie, Bittersweet Harvest, and his first children's book, Wyatt's Woods, which is set in the woods surrounding his home in Door County, Wisconsin. Aubrey's Attic is set in Butte des Morts and Winneconne the neighboring community where Aubrey attends school. Two more children's books, iGrayson's Garage and Bellamy's Ball, will be published soon.
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