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 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. While Brady tries to figure out what he did wrong, he becomes fast friends with cabin mate, Steven–a blind but capable camper–and Steven’s spunky friend, Claire. But Brady also becomes a target for the camp bully, deepening the pain from his dad’s abandonment six years earlier and now Mom’s rejection. Only God can heal Brady’s wounds, but at this point, Brady is convinced not even God cares about him.
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 Zeke, the camp director who draws pictures to illustrate his messages. 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! Check out the first chapter here on my website. Then click here to order your copy.
Keep an eye on my blog, too, for up to the minute information on the next book in the series. Speak No Evil is due out in August 2014. I’ll post stuff about me personally, and when I discover other novels I think middle graders will like, I’ll review them there.
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