Summer can be great for vacations or for writing.
Summer vacations are delightful, but this year, Rebecca is more excited about writing her latest book. She just came home from a workshop for children's book authors sponsored by the Highlights Magazine Foundation, and she can't wait to apply what she learned.
Her new series is set in the cave region of Kentucky during the 1920s when Mammoth Cave and other caves like it were first becoming tourist sites. The main character is 12-year-old Torry who wants her family's cave to be as popular as Mammoth Cave.
Kentucky Girls Books feature brave, young Kentucky girls facing realistic problems in historic settings.
Rebecca chats with visitors
to the Kentucky Book Fair
Our stories of girls from long ago are meant to inspire today's Kentucky girls to take women’s issues to heart and seek their own rightful place in the world.
|| Our first Kentucky Girls Books adventure is Road to Pleasant Hill.|
Here's a sample you can read now.
| Betsy had barely closed her eyes when she heard a breathy, hacking noise coming from one of the nearby beds. It sounded deep and raspy, like the way Tad coughed when he had the croup as a baby.|
| Betsy looked over at Grace. From the rise and fall of the blankets, and the deep sighs coming from beneath them, she could tell Grace was sound asleep. There it was again, a bit muffled, but definitely a cough. It must be coming from Ruth, Betsy thought. Ruth was the only other person in the room.|
| Peeking over the covers, Betsy adjusted her eyes to the moonlight that bathed the room. With Ruth’s bed right next to hers, Betsy could easily watch a thin, white arm snake from beneath the blankets and reach under the mattress. The arm pulled out what looked like a small twig of dried leaves.|