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Wyatt's Woods: A Door County Tale About a Boy, His Dog...and a Magical Stone Amulet Paperback – August 29, 2013
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
American Indian lore, authentic 'Up North' scene-setting and a poignant message about friendship combine in this heartwarming tale about a 350-year-old mystery. Ultimately, the lives of three boys will intertwine. An idiosyncratic cast of woodland animals, with rib-tickling names like Quirky the Turkey and (purportedly Irish) Roscoe O'Possum, join Wyatt in his quest. Doctor Doolittle-like, Wyatt talks with them. A succession of situations, add depth without veering the story off course. Language is spot-on for targeted upper elementary readers. Readers will especially relate to moments when characters must decipher big words. The author's hilarious, first-person chapter transitions lend just-right bonus fun. The plot clips along and finally settles in a satisfying, believable way the question of whether the amulet and the fort's remains will ever be unearthed. Throughout, Thorpe's back porch, grandfatherly writing style charms. Delightful. --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, but owns a log home in the woods of Door County, where he, his wife, Lynn, and their children and families enjoy the pleasures of this magical setting. Although he had published nonfiction books, upon retirement he decided to learn how to write fiction. He recently published Giddyap Tin Lizzie, the first book in an adult epic series, and will have BitterSweet Harvest, the second book in that series, out soon. Wyatt's Woods is his first children's book, but look for Aubrey s Attic, Grayson's Garage, and Bellamy's Ball, three more children s books.
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