Dr. Robena Egemonye retired as an educator with over forty years of experience. She was nominated and selected to “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers”, 2005-2006. She was also listed in the Outstanding American Teachers National Honor Roll. THE FENCE MENDER is her first published novel.
Fourteen-year-old Blue MacGregor has been wheeled into the Raven Hills Regional ER. Why is he so badly hurt, barely clinging to life? What happened to him? Some of the ER staff dismissively refer to Blue as ‘poor white trash’ from Ergo Estates, a local trailer park. However, Dr. Vera Drake, the ER physician in charge, is intrigued. Blue reminds her of Marshal, her grandson. Dr. Vera learns that Blue is one of the last purveyors of a dying art –he is a fence mender. She vows to find out how Blue ended up in the ER and to do whatever it takes to ensure that Blue recovers. Will Dr. Vera’s determination to help Blue lead to the truth or place her life as well as his in jeopardy?
TOM XAVIER studied archaeology in Italy and Greece and law in England. He helped run ski mountaineering trips in New Hampshire and bicycling trips in Canada. As a lawyer, he worked on a giant fraud case in England and for the past two decades, he has produced concerts with young musicians from countries around the world. Tom draws on these experiences to write stories filled with magic and adventure. He loves writing books of discovery about girls and boys who travel to amazing places where they learn much about life and even more about themselves.
Would you risk everything just to be cool?
Young Duggan McDuggan really has no choice. Her habit of talking to trees has made her the most teased kid in her village. Duggan would love to stop the teasing but there’s no way she’s going to give up her tree friends. And so she’s worked out a daring plan to journey with her two best friends to Eshmagick, ancient realm of the Faeries. This will certainly stop the teasing. No one in five hundred years has made it there and back again.
For their dangerous journey, Duggan and her friends will need a Faerie guide. Unfortunately, legend says harming a Faerie will bring down a terrible curse and it’s hard to catch a Faerie without hurting it. But when you’re as desperate as Duggan, no curse is too scary to stop you.
Charlene Vermeulen currently lives with her handsome husband and two rescue dogs in Pinehurst, NC. A life-long educator, Charlene has taught 6th-12th grade English, Language Arts, and Academically Gifted classes, along with summer writing and art camps, and worked as a school administrator for five years before retiring to spoil her grandchildren. She has two precious daughters, Anna and Grace, whose names appear in the first book in the series, Jess the Mess. Other than family and her Christian faith, her passions include reading, writing, drawing, hiking, traveling, photography, time with family, and painfully bad puns.
As feisty Jessica moves to yet another middle school, she struggles to stay out of trouble, while living in constant fear that others will find out her family’s dark secrets: Jess’s mom is an alcoholic, her dad left them years ago, and most days Jess struggles just to find food to eat.
Convinced that she is the reason her mother drinks, especially since Jess constantly gets into trouble at school, she lives with the daily pain of her mom’s explosive behavior, and the accompanying shame.
Befriended by sassy, red-headed Anna and cheerful, encouraging Grace, Jess balances the joy of friendship with the hurt she carries with her.
Will self-proclaimed Jess the Mess open her heart and life to her new friends? What happens when her secrets are revealed? Jess learns that everyone can change, but some change comes with a price.