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Midwest Connection: The author was raised in Garden City, Kansas. The novel takes place in Holcomb, Kansas, and focuses on the aftermath of the infamous quadruple murder of the Clutter family.
A young adult, fictional reimagining of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired it. Gripping and fast-paced, this meticulously researched historical fiction will reinvigorate a new generation to Capote.
Saints in Kansas sees the aftermath of the infamous quadruple murder of the Clutter family through the eyes of a teenage girl who counted Nancy Clutter as a friend.
“[A] must read…carefully researched.” —The New York Post
“Gripping and fast-paced, this meticulously researched historical fiction will reinvigorate a new generation to Capote and tell another side of the Clutter murders.” —The Emporia Gazette
“Brashear’s stunning YA novel is as spectacularly written as it is researched. This is definitely one of the most unique YA novels you’ll read this year.” —PASTE Magazine
Amy Brashear was born in Arkansas but spent her elementary school years in Garden City, Kansas, just six miles from Holcomb. Amy heard about the Clutter family murders from a childhood friend, though it wasn't until she read In Cold Blood that she finally understood their significance. No Saints in Kansas is her debut novel.
Midwest Connection: The Boundary Waters is located in northern Minnesota and is a natural gem of the Midwest region.
A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters
Adult nonfiction by Amy Freeman and Dave Freeman
September 9, 2017
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When the Freemans learned of mining in the area’s watershed, they decided to take action—by spending a year in the wilderness. This book tells the story of their adventure in northern Minnesota: of loons whistling under a moonrise, of mushrooms cooked over a fire, of a pine marten stalking a hare through winter’s first snowfall. In visceral language and gorgeous photos, the Freemans show us the value of wilderness and why we must protect it.
"In this extraordinary book, [the Freemans] have done us all an invaluable service, offering a wonderfully compelling testimony for the value of wild places and the creatures who inhabit them. I urge you to read it, and then to join the Freemans in advocating for the preservation of the Boundary Waters.” —Vice President Walter Mondale
Amy and Dave Freeman's expeditions have taken them over thirty thousand miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world's wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. National Geographic named Amy and Dave Adventurers of the Year in 2014 and their images, videos, and articles have been published by a wide range of media sources from the CBC, NBC, and FOX to the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak, and Minnesota Public Radio.
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Midwest Connection: The author lives in Minneapolis, MN.
When Little i’s dot falls off, rolls down a hill, over a cliff, and into the sea, Little i sets out on a journey to rescue it. A charming, suspenseful, and wholly original picture book about the adventure of growing up from the acclaimed and bestselling creator of Red: A Crayon’s Story and Wonderfall.
“A wonderfully clever and ultimately triumphant journey of self-discovery...The art, like the text, is bold, simple, and engaging. Brightly colored textured collaged paper makes for the perfect technique to deliver this high-concept tale. Little i may be a mere cutout letter, but his humanity shines through.” — New York Times Book Review
Michael Hall is an award-winning designer whose work has been widely recognized for its simple and engaging approach. He studied biochemistry and psychology at the University of Michigan and worked in biomedical research for several years before becoming a designer. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including Wonderfall, Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon’s Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It’s an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Midwest Connection: The author lives in the Chicago area.
Alone on the Shield is a story about the Vietnam war and the things that connect us. It is the story of aging Baby Boomers, of the rare kinds of people who paddle alone into the wilderness, and of the kind of adventure that comes only to the bold and the brave.
"Tense and dramatic, absorbing from beginning to end, one of those precious tales that manages to be both a page-turner and a thoughtful novel of great depth and resonance." — Booklist
Kirk Landers launched his professional writing career in the US Army, later entering the special-interest and trade magazine worlds. His magazines won more than a hundred awards for journalistic excellence, and he is a member of the Construction Writers Hall of Fame. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago.