In 1932, corn was shriveling in Nebraska while the sabers of World War II were rattling in Europe. Although the old German spoke broken English, this was the question on the lips of everyone in the rural Midwest town: Was he really a spy… or worse? 7 year-old Katy, caught up in rumor, suspicion and local gossip, is determined to find the answer. A literary masterpiece.
About the Author
Betty Laird is a writer, historian, and actor. Formerly focused on Russian studies with her husband, Prof. Roy D. Laird, she now researches Kansas history. She received a B.A. in theater and English from Hastings College, where she founded the Hastings College Radio Players, earned a teaching certificate at the University of Nebraska, and studied statistics, Russian language, and history at Kansas University. A curriculum adviser in the University of Washington School of Business, she later taught Freshman English and administered the Polish Program at KU. She has authored/co-authored nine non-fiction books and several articles and book chapters, prepared and pub-lished two Clinton Lake maps, published numerous poems and short stories, and helped design Clinton Lake Museum exhibits. Two of Betty’s plays have been performed by Theatre Lawrence. Her poems appear frequently in the Lawrence Journal World. A professional actor and a member of Screen Actors Guild, Betty has appeared in ten stage plays and over forty movies and commercials including Sarah, Plain and Tall with Glenn Close, and Monday After the Miracle with Roma Downey. She costarred with Edward Asner in Gone in the Night. A native Nebraskan, she has resided on both U.S. coasts as well as in Scotland, Germany, and Yugoslavia. Since 1957 she has claimed Kansas as her home.