Willy and his sister, Hilary, want to know the truth about the strange, wild girl who becomes their friend. Is she really a ghost, as people say? Their quest leads them to an abandoned house in a remote hollow, to a small grave, and to a cranky old hermit on an island. Hovering over it all is the ghost of Tillie Jean, who drowned in the river many years ago. With original drawings by Caldecott award-winning illustrator Stephen Gammel. Suitable for ages 9 on up. First published in 1978 by Four Winds Press. Winner of the South Carolina Children's Book Award. This Author's Guild Backinprint.com Edition is $9.95 plus shipping. Order online at:
Curiosity and faith that they could solve a problem led the women in this book to become outstanding inventors. But they often had to overcome the idea that women were not mentally or physically able to be creative in ways that used technology. They proved otherwise.
What early American invented a new way to grind corn? Whose medical inventions have saved the lives of American soldiers? Whose experiments made possible Kevlar, the miracle fabric used for bullet-proof vests? Who pioneered computer technology? Who really invented Monopoly? Find out in this book! Co-authored with Fred M.B. Amram, Ph.D.
Published by Cobblestone Publishing, Inc., a division of Cricket Magazine group,. Soft cover. Index. 160 pages. Grades 4-9. $19.50 plus $4.00 shipping and handling. To order by phone, call 1-800-821-0115. Or to order on-line, click on link below.
MUSICAL PLAYS FOR CHILDREN TO PERFORM
Scripts and Scores Available
The story was inspired by the author's own imaginings as she was a child growing up in small river towns in West Virginia.
In addition to the roles of Cecelia and the boy, there are parts for a father, two sisters, a preacher, a mountain woman, and townspeople.
With original music as well as traditional songs. First produced in Parkersburg, WV, by the Actors Guild as a Guild Builders project for young people. Contact the author to learn how to buy scripts and for permission to perform.
When "U" goes tumbling, important, odd and silly words can't be said. "U" has helpers in his mischief -- a string of syllables that have no meaning, but hang together anyway. TWID-DEL-LAX-A-DAF-FY. These six characters finally help "U" up, and are rewarded by the children of the world, who give them meaning.
"The play allows the actors an opportunity to whoop and holler and dance and sing...all important parts of the creative process." -- Carol Gulley, when Artist in Residence at the Bethesda Academy for the Performing Arts.
The music was composed by Kora Lee Khambatta, a music and drama teacher.
The play is suitable for a regular class or a theater class to perform. It has been performed in elementary schools in Arlington, VA. Click on the title to go to a page with more details about the play and suitable musical instruments. Contact the author for queries about scripts and permission for performances.
Contact the author for information about ordering scripts, planning productions. A video of a production at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington is available.
Harder to find
THE TRICKSTER GHOST
An eight-year old boy knows he's not the one taking people's things in their house. It must be a ghost! With the help of his older sister, he finally proves he is right.
Published in 1992 by Scholastic, this paperback "first chapter" book was a Little Apple book club book. Although no longer "in print," the author has several copies. Contact author for more information.
CECELIA AND THE BLUE MOUNTAIN BOY- The novel
Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1983
This middle grade novel, the basis for the musical play of the same name, is about a young girl who loves music and dancing. She finds a magical place that fulfills her dreams--then loses it, falling into sadness. Not until her dreary home village is transformed does she re-discover Blue Mountain and her true love. A Parents' Choice Award for Literature in the Field of Social Studies. Not in print.
Published as fiction, but mostly true stories, told to the author by Jimmy and Corey Allder. Bradbury Press, 1991. Two boys have real life adventures as they explore caves, haunted houses and river trails near their West Virginia home. Not in print.