The Heart of Applebutter Hill

The Heart of Applebutter Hill

by Donna W. Hill


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When 14-year-olds Abigail and Baggy leave home, they have little more than Baggy's camera and Abigail's guitar. Rounded up by the authorities, they are placed with guardians and enrolled in a progressive school.

Abigail, a songwriter who knows her sight is failing, is mortified to learn that she is already legally blind. When she meets Curly Connor, her new guide dog, however, she thinks her obstacles are all behind her.

Troubles begin quickly when the friends uncover a dangerous secret. Someone at school wants to steal the powerful Heartstone of Arden-Goth. Join Baggy, Abigail and Curly Connor as they explore Elfin Pond, sneak around Bar Gundoom Castle and row across an underground lake.

As summer heats up, their troubled friend Christopher is viciously bullied, and an armed stranger terrorizes Abigail and Baggy. The friends disagree about the spy's identity, but both think it's a teacher. Educator-recommended for middle-school diversity and anti-bullying initiatives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483948225
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/21/2013
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Writer, speaker and musician Donna W. Hill and her photographer husband, Rich, live among the frogs and birds in Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains. They enjoy long walks with Hunter, their Labrador retriever, and lap-time with their rescued orange tabby, Goofus.

Donna is a songwriter with three albums: Rainbow Colors, Harvest and The Last Straw. A journalist for numerous online magazines, her subjects range from music, writing and accessibility to chocolate and knitting. An experienced talk show guest and guest blogger, her articles and stories have appeared in numerous books and magazines.

Proceeds from the sale of The Heart of Applebutter Hill provide Braille books for blind students:

She enjoys a wide variety of fiction from fantasy to courtroom dramas. Throughout her life she has been inspired by Harper Lee, Joseph Heller, C. S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, John Grisham, John Lescroart and fellow songwriter/novelist Jimmy Buffett.

Hill's passion is educating the public about the true abilities, unnecessary obstacles and social justice issues facing blind Americans. To this end, she volunteers as a publicist for the nonprofit National Federation of the Blind. Her press releases have resulted in stories about exceptional blind individuals in newspapers and other media throughout the country.

Hill's 2009 series on the Braille literacy crisis in the online magazine American Chronicle, which has been republished on countless other sites, remains the most extensive series on this issue written for general audiences.

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