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The Star Tree: Star Post Office Edition

The Star Tree: Star Post Office Edition My first book recounts my childhood in rural Star, Mississippi, and the lessons I learned there. It was an innocent era then–well, unless you consider the mysterious rumors around the goings-on at the old country club and a random seventh-grader swiping his daddy’s cigarettes. In 2010, the Star […]

The World Is Full of Obvious Things

The World Is Full of Obvious Things I have been teaching through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Hound of the Baskervilles for the last couple of weeks. The second of his Sherlock Holmes novels, it is my favorite novel to teach. The global story arc and individual scenes are prime for teaching plot, and […]

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season Five

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season Five Favorite character Coach Joe Samuels, Coach Dave’s high school coach. As Coach Dave joins all the guys who played for his high school coach for a ceremony in their legendary coach’s honor, the reader learns how a young man like Dave Rivers could be prepared to make […]

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season Four

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season Four Favorite character I loved creating the character of the major league baseball scout of Season Four. It was a chance to work a crusty old baseball lifer into the series. Still mysterious until the end of this book, he offers some balance to many young boys’ dreams […]

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season Three

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season Three Favorite character Hunter Brandt breaks away from the mold of his dad, win-at-all-costs Coach Fletcher Brandt. He and fellow injured teammate Jud Franklin come up with a unique way to encourage a fellow teammate. Favorite real-life basis A couple of years ago, my school’s girls basketball coach […]

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season Two

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season Two Favorite character Kevin Forsythe is an all-star just like the rest of the team, even though he didn’t start on his regular-season team. Coach Dave keeps Kevin involved as his first base coach, and he and the rest of the team discover that Kevin has a gift […]

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season One

Coach Dave Season One

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season One Favorite character Gary “Rooster” Hamilton, bless his heart, just wants the best for his son. And, bless his heart, he sometimes speaks before he thinks a situation all the way through–okay, most of the time. He doesn’t have the greatest command of the English language, and he […]

Ballgame Banter: A Coach Dave Season Five Excerpt

Ballgame banter

Ballgame Banter Ballgame banter–it’s part of the fun of watching ballgames, particularly baseball. I enjoy the various ways to describe the action on the field, especially with another baseball lifer. Throughout the Coach Dave series, I have included some ballgame banter from the dads down the fence. In Season Five, the dads have moved behind […]