Auctus Publishing

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Author(s): Frances Schoonmaker
Illustrator(s): Frances Schoonmaker
ISBN-13: 978-0-9979607-7-8 9780448479972
Release Date: September 15, 2018
Category: Middle Grade

The Red Abalone Shell

The Last Crystal Trilogy, Book 2

Synopsis:

James finds himself on the steps of a church with no idea who he is or how he got there. His only clues are a map, a red abalone shell, and a dog, Old Shep. Adopted by a German-American pacifist family, James and Old Shep take to life on a farm. Patriotism is running high in Western Oklahoma as the United States considers entering World War I. James and his family are proud to be Americans, but not everybody sees it that way, especially Claude Higgins who bullies James in and out of school. As James tries to stand up to Claude and struggles to regain lost memories, he discovers that his identity is linked to the mysterious Mr. Nichols and magical events that define both his past and his future.

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Jena Page said on 11/18/2018:
Francis, I didn't realize you had more than one work presented on BookStop. WTG! I've just got the one...this book looks like a great read as well. - Jena

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My granddaughter says that I’m not the ordinary grandmother. I’m not entirely sure what she means by that. My grandmothers seemed pretty extraordinary to me. They didn’t write books, but they both loved a good story. And unlike me, they didn’t have the opportunity to travel all over the world, but they were interested in the world. So I don’t feel so extraordinary–except extraordinarily lucky to have a family history that includes good stories and good books. 






James finds himself on the steps of a church with no idea who he is or how he got there. His only clues are a map, a red abalone shell, and a dog, Old Shep. Adopted by a German-American pacifist family, James and Old Shep take to life on a farm. Patriotism is running high in Western Oklahoma as the United States considers entering World War I. James and his family are proud to be Americans, but not everybody sees it that way, especially Claude Higgins who bullies James in and out of school. As James tries to stand up to Claude and struggles to regain lost memories, he discovers that his identity is linked to the mysterious Mr. Nichols and magical events that define both his past and his future.

Frances Schoonmaker draws on family stories and memories of being reared on a farm in Western Oklahoma to write the second book in The Last Crystal.
She attended public schools in Oklahoma until her senior year in high school when the family moved to Aberdeen, Washington, where she graduated from high school. Dr. Schoonmaker graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle and taught elementary school in suburban Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Nashville, Tennessee; and Baltimore County, Maryland before completing graduate studies and becoming a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. Now "Miss Fran," as the neighborhood children know her, lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her family. 
fgschoonmaker@gmail.com

My granddaughter says that I’m not the ordinary grandmother. I’m not entirely sure what she means by that. My grandmothers seemed pretty extraordinary to me. They didn’t write books, but they both loved a good story. And unlike me, they didn’t have the opportunity to travel all over the world, but they were interested in the world. So I don’t feel so extraordinary–except extraordinarily lucky to have a family history that includes good stories and good books. 

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    Jena Page said on November 18, 2018:
    Francis, I didn't realize you had more than one work presented on BookStop. WTG! I've just got the one...this book looks like a great read as well. - Jena

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