Oatis and Family "Life in Pennsylvania Dutch Country" [NOOK Book]

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For young Amanda, leaving the luxuries of her urban Windy-City home for the farmhouses and outhouses of Pennsylvania’s Dutch country would be no easy task. To amplify her concerns, it has only been two years since her father’s death, and only months since her mother’s marriage to Stan.

Stan’s recent hire by a development company was the reason for the move to Springtown, a Podunk town with empty, dirt lanes—and a drastic contrast to the ...
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Oatis and Family

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Overview

For young Amanda, leaving the luxuries of her urban Windy-City home for the farmhouses and outhouses of Pennsylvania’s Dutch country would be no easy task. To amplify her concerns, it has only been two years since her father’s death, and only months since her mother’s marriage to Stan.

Stan’s recent hire by a development company was the reason for the move to Springtown, a Podunk town with empty, dirt lanes—and a drastic contrast to the bustling city streets of Chicago, Illinois. Stan’s assignment is to build a new, modern, residential community here, despite resistance from the local residents.

This remote, rural community has no Internet access and no cell phone signal, so Amanda is cut off from social media and text messaging, and is now faced with an entirely new prospect for her teenage mind…

…interacting with new people and exploring her new world in person.

Surprised by the gift of a Corgi puppy she dubs Oatis—who is aptly named for his love of playing in neighboring fields of oats—Amanda sets out with her new canine Corgi companion on an adventure through Springtown and across the rural countryside. Soon, she will encounter the witty and wise, down-to-earth farmer named Ducky Huffnagle…

…and a cute, local boy named Jake.

From flea market swindlers to the despicable Woodruff boys, Amanda soon discovers that trouble still has a way of finding her. But, for Oatis, the new favorite citizen of Springtown, life has presented a whole new purpose—becoming the catalyst for change in Amanda’s strained relationship with her stepfather…

…and the springboard to rebuild and revive a divided Pennsylvania Dutch community.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149478934
  • Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 709,033
  • File size: 212 KB

Meet the Author

Phil Moore is a freelance writer, contributor to professional journals, and reviewer for the Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. With a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Psychology, and as a member of the American Psychological Association, he is currently employed as an institutional researcher specializing in determining success factors for college completion.

Phil grew up in central Pennsylvania in a town where his family has lived since his ancestors emigrated there from Germany over 150 years ago. He is currently studying the Pennsylvania German language and culture, thus balancing his heritage with his academic interests. This newfound interest in the Pennsylvania German culture, coupled with his love of dogs, his experiences living on a small Pennsylvania farm during the summers of his youth, and his interest in transitions in life, were the inspirations for Oatis and Family, his first book.

Phil is also an award-winning beer brewer, wine maker, and “beer gadget” inventor. While he and his wife no longer show their champion Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Barley, they still participate in dog agility trials with Barley’s daughter, Tilly, and enjoy traveling with the Corgis and the new addition to their family—Bob, a Tibetan Spaniel.
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