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Fourteen-year-old Twitch Taylor hasn't paid much attention to the old Cherokee stories, but maybe he should have. Sure, his family is Cherokee, but those stories are just the elders talking, right?

In this new Young Adult novel from Native Realities Press by acclaimed children's book author, Linda Boyden, we follow the story of Twitch and his adventures in the Cherokee Old Country.

Beginning after a freak car accident kills his aunt, Twitch's father gives him away to his Uncle according to a time honored Cherokee tradition and then suddenly disappears. Overnight, Twitch goes from being a city kid to being trapped in country bumpkin land where Twitch ends up stuck in a forest learning to hunt with a bow and arrow with his Uncle bent on teaching him the old ways.

But just when he is ready to call it quits, he discovers the old forest is far from normal. Many of the old Cherokee myths are coming alive, including one tied to his aunt's death and his father’s disappearance. To survive , Twitch must learn to be a Stone Keeper like his father and grandfather before him.

The trick is can he learn fast enough to save himself, his family, and perhaps the rest of the world?

About Linda: Linda Boyden has spent most of her adult life leading children to literacy. From 1970-1997, she taught in primary grades, receiving her master’s in Gifted and Talented Education in 1992 from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. In 1997, Linda decided to change careers and abandoned full-time teaching for full-time writing. Her first picture book, The Blue Roses (2002) was the recipient of Lee and Low Books’ first New Voices Award, the prestigious CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center's 2003 Choices list and the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers’ Book of the Year, Children’s Literature, 2002-2003. She has since published two books through University of New Mexico Press -- Powwow’s Coming (University of New Mexico Press - Fall, 2010) her Her first illustrated picture book, and the forthcoming Giveaways: An ABC of Loanwords from the Americas.

Linda is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers.  For more information, visit

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