The Stone Wall Crossing: Abby Whittier’s Journey Through Time by Alice Schellhorn Magrane
After her family’s move to New England, Abigail Whitter, a popular high school student, is compelled by an unseen,irresistible force to follow a centuries-old stone wall into the New England woods where she finds a mysterious note that brings her to a crossroads in her life…one foretold by a seaside fortuneteller. Abigail’s journal reveals the story she hasn’t yet confided to anyone–a tale of romance, lost love, past lives, and an incredible twist of fate that will thrill readers who delight in a great love story!
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“Great read for adults as well as teens”
Five Star Review on Amazon by Amanda H.
The Stone Wall Crossing was a great read. Myself and my preteen daughter both read and enjoyed it equally. There is something for everyone in this coming of age story entwined with history and romance. I have bought several copies to give as gifts for my friends as well as my daughters friends. I would recommend this book highly.
About the Author
My love of writing has led me to publish a second book. This time I was spurred on by my love of New England, with its rich history, and the artifacts of its past that surround me. Having worked in high schools, counseling students, for my entire professional career, I decided that I had to write the story as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl and began with an event that I knew would be one of the most traumatic for any teen: moving to a new home in a new state. The mysterious discovery Abby Whittier makes in the old stone wall was something I thought about as I walked my little dog past such a wall each and every day. We take these walls for granted, here in New England, but to me they convey such stories and I hope after reading The Stone Wall Crossing, that people will see them for the amazing structures they are! (11/2017)
When I was in the 5th grade, I so loved the poem “The Night Before Christmas” that I memorized it to recite to my class. My teacher sent me around to the other classrooms to recite it to them also. That, I guess, was the beginning of my desire to someday write a Christmas poem. However, throughout my adult life, although I wrote poems for all kinds of occasions, my busy career never allowed me the time to write a Christmas poem.
I worked in the field of education for 30 years, having earned both my B.A. and M.Ed. from Tufts University. After a career in the field of guidance and counseling, I retired in 2008. I had been Director of Guidance in Winchester, MA for the last 10 years of my career. #1 on my “Bucket List” for my retirement years was writing a Christmas story, in verse, for young children. As mentioned above, this idea had been on my mind for years, but I had never had the time to bring it to fruition. Last winter, I finally wrote my story, found an illustrator and self-published “Snoshoo the Stowaway Bunny”, a magical Christmas story that teaches self-acceptance and the spirit of Christmas. I am donating a portion of the sale of each book to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.
While earning my Masters degree, I read a well-known book: Dibs: In Search of Self. It was about a young boy with autism. I had never heard of this disorder before. As the years went by, I began to hear of many more children and families affected by this disability until, by the time of my retirement, the numbers of children affected were truly staggering. So far, although there have been many theories about the causes of this surge in autism, there has been no definitive scientific proof. I personally saw families torn apart by their inability to get the help they needed for their autistic child. That is why I decided that any children’s story I wrote had to have a charitable cause and that cause had to be autism.
As I mentioned earlier, I decided to self-publish and then figure out how to go about getting the word out about Snoshoo. Rather than hire a publicist, I decided to call upon my own entrepreneurial spirit! I have been spending part of each day sending letters and press releases to magazine editors, calling on and emailing local newspaper editors and letting my Facebook friends know about my book. This fall when school is back in session, I plan to contact local preschools to find out if they would like me to come in and read the book to one of their classes. The book is for sale on Amazon.com,and is now also available for the Kindle format. I am hoping Snoshoo will someday become as well-known and well-loved as Rudolph or Frosty! What gives me inspiration is that as I have watched people read the book, I have seen a smile appear on their faces. I know that anyone who reads the book will enjoy it–no matter their age! (2011)
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