by Warren Bull


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Sixteen-year-old TOM ALLEN's life is imploding. His father banished Tom from his life; Tom's stepfather is entirely too interested in commenting on Tom's behavior. What makes it worse is that his stepfather's comments are usually right on target. Then Tom's beloved grandma suffers a stroke, which leaves his mother emotionally distant. Meanwhile his older sister is too sophisticated to worry about his concerns.

When Tom reads an old family memoir from his grandma's cedar chest he becomes intrigued by his ancestors' accounts of their struggle to form one unified family from two shattered families. They face man-made and natural dangers while they battle to survive smoldering conflicts in "Bleeding Kansas" that will soon erupt into the bloodiest war in American history - the Civil War. With the help of family and friends, past and present, Tom gradually comes to terms with the pain and possibilities of his own family.
HEARTLAND was a finalist in the 2010 Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest sponsored by the Gotham Writers Workshop.

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ISBN-13: 9780615557397
Publisher: Avignon Press
Publication date: 11/27/2011
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Warren Bull has won a number of awards including Best Short Story of 2006 from the Missouri Writers Guild and top favorite story as voted by readers of Strange Mysteries, Whortleberry Press, 2009. He has more than thirty short stories in publication.

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Heartland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
This is a delightfully entertaining yet, inspiring novella. Warren Bull is a talented writer/story teller. The YA adults will love this light story of a youth, Tom, trying to adjust to his parents divorce and a new step-parent. His grandmother was hospitalized so gifted him with keys to a very special hidden treasure... One that will help him see life differently and discover what real treasures lies within. He shares this adventure with his best friend, Pat, who soon is caught up into the adventures they experience. The Title and Cover does not do justice to the story. They do not depict the subject matter fittingly, although both do have an element of portrayal. However, this will not detract from the rating. There was never a time the story dragged. It was fast-moving and fluctuated between events expertly. The characters were developed well and the background scenes described well. This is definitely worthy of the Five Stars rating my review gives to this book. This book was sent  to me by the author for an honest review and rating, of which I have given.