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Grayson's Garage. A Fox River tale about baseball, bones… and what matters most. Paperback – November 7, 2014
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About the Author
Harold William Thorpe grew up in Southwest Wisconsin, living 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. At the end of his career he headed a research project that resulted in the return of fifty-two million dollars from the Federal Department of Education to Wisconsin schools. 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 chapter book, Wyatt's Woods, which is set in the woods surrounding his home in Door County, Wisconsin. He followed Wyatt's Woods with Aubrey's Attic, set in the historic community of Butte des Morts and Winneconne, the neighboring community where his granddaughter Aubrey attends school. Grayson's Garage is also set in Butte des Morts. Bellamy's Ball, a picture book, will be published soon.
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