Tick Cooper

Tick Cooper

by John Vance

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"I swear by everything I ever owned that my adventure will be the honest truth--even if I had to tell a few lies along the way to get to the meaning of that truth." So promises Tick Cooper, a twelve year old Ohio boy who's about to accompany his Uncle Ned down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. It's the autumn of 1860, right before the election that will send Abraham Lincoln to the White House. With his mother deceased and his father having deserted him for the chance of gold in California, Tick has been most fortunate to receive the care and love of his father's older brother and his wife--Aunt Clara. Although she has recently passed away, she and Uncle Ned have educated the boy about living a good and proper life. But Tick hasn't had much of a chance to put what he's learned into practice--nor to face the moral challenges every young person will face as he or she grows up. But the river journey will provide plenty of those experiences and tests of character. Yet, reaching New Orleans does not conclude the lessons and challenges, for there Tick witnesses a slave auction, and on the block is a thirteen-year-old freed black girl named Clarissa, whom Tick had briefly met in Ohio. Now Tick faces his most significant challenge. Can he help get Clarissa back to Ohio all the way from New Orleans?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158971013
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 10/21/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 929,421
File size: 320 KB

About the Author

John Vance should have known he’d end up writing novels, especially when he portrayed Charles Dickens in his one-man show A Victorian Christmas with Charles Dickens. He can remember writing stories—such as his own “Hardy Boys” tales—when he was a boy, and in college he wrote a “Canterbury Tale,” three short stories, and a short play. He also began a novel (every word written in such a sloppy hand that the writing is for the most part indecipherable to anyone but him). His career as an English professor directed his writing to things scholarly—namely, six books and some forty articles and reviews. But he wished to stretch his creative side; therefore he returned to the theater as an actor and director—and in 1994 he wrote his first full-length play. From 1994 to 2012, he wrote some forty plays and had the pleasure of staging some thirty-five of them.

In 2004, Vance finally listened to his inner Dickens and completed his first novel. For the next eight years, he worked on both stage plays and fiction before turning exclusively to novel writing. Two literary agents took on three of his books, but no luck in each case. It was in 2014 that he began contacting independent publishers on his own. The long wait was finally rewarded, as his first novel was published in the fall of 2015—with nine more since that time.

Vance lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife Susan. They have two grown children and three granddaughters.

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