In my imaginary world, it’s always a beautiful, Midwest summer day. Come along and enjoy that gentle breeze that rustles the leaves on the oak and maple trees, lifting your bangs just enough to cool your forehead. Sniff that clean, fresh air. Watch how the bright sun drops sparkling light jewels onto the lake. Spread your blanket under a shady tree, or just lie back on the soft, green grass. Listen to the bird songs, and watch fluffy clouds sail along a under a baby blue sky.
This is Rustic Knoll Bible Camp, the setting for my middle grade novel, Hear No Evil. It’s the story of Brady McCaul whose newly remarried mother drops him off at Rustic Knoll Bible Camp and tells him he can’t come home. She doesn’t want him living with her anymore. Brady spends the week trying to remember what he did to earn his mother’s rejection. He devises a plan he hopes will change her mind, but complications arise. And a surprising discovery changes everything.
Come and explore Rustic Knoll. Check out the map to see the layout of the camp. Meet the staff and campers.They’re a colorful lot. You’ll be impressed with Steven, Brady’s new friend who attends camp even though he’s blind. And the unforgettable Nurse Willie who wears a bucket hat decorated with retired fishing lures. But this is just a snapshot. You’ll have to read Hear No Evil to really get to know them, and HopeSprings Books has made that possible! Click here to order your copy.
Keep an eye on my blog, too. Occasionally, I’ll post an interview with one of the characters or some background on how a particular character developed. I’ll share a few camp recipes and keep you informed about activities as Hear No Evil gets close to publication. Look for reviews and recommendations of other novels for middle grade readers as well.
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Enjoy your visit to Rustic Knoll and come back often!