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Children's LiteratureEarl Hamner was the creator and producer of the television series, The Waltons, about a family living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The series was essentially about Hamner's own family, and, in this book, he tells that story. He begins with his childhood and about his desire from a very early age to be a writer. The success of his first novel, Spencer's Mountain, which was built on his family's experiences in the depression, confirmed his calling as a writer. Eventually, his story developed into the production of the much-loved television series. The book contains many photos, a guide to resources about the Waltons, including fan clubs and internet sites. In addition, there are personal stories and remembrances from many who were connected to the show. The authors emphasize not only the success of the show, but the family values that it incorporated. Any friend of the Waltons will enjoy this book. 2002, Cumberland House Publishing, Ages 12 to 18.
—Kathy Egner, Ph.D.