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Guest on the Dream Gardens Podcast

September 24, 2018

I was recently invited to join host Jody Lee Mott as guest on his Dream Gardens podcast.

Jody invites guests on to talk about a favorite children's book. The book I chose to share was The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan, the winner of the 2009 Scott O'Dell Award. 

 It's a book that has stuck with me ever since first reading it, and it was a pleasure to share it with Jody. We talk at length about the importance of graphic novels, something I always enjoy doing.


Here's a synopsis of the book in case you aren't familiar with the story:


In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: local bullies, his father’s failed expectations, a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he also has to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl, including rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness. Certainly a case of "dust dementia" would explain who (or what) Jack has glimpsed in the Talbot’s abandoned barn — a sinister figure with a face like rain. In a land where it never rains, it’s hard to trust what you see with your own eyes — and harder still to take heart and be a hero when the time comes. With phenomenal pacing, sensitivity, and a sure command of suspense, Matt Phelan ushers us into a world where desperation is transformed by unexpected courage.


Check out Jody's podcast and listen to our episode HERE.


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