An tribute to that *one* book.
For my oldest, it was Henry and Mudge when he was four and learning to read on his own.
For my next two boys, it was Percy Jackson when they were in fifth grade (after years of struggling to read).
For my youngest, it was a wordless book he could use as a teether when he was six months old. Before that, he cried every single time I tried to read him a book. (Now he LOVES books!)
For the seventy-something year old man I met for the first time last night, it was my book. He told me it was the first time he’s ever been excited enough to read a book from cover to cover.
Each of us has that one book that changed our lives. That one book that brought meaning into the dark or confusing parts of our experiences.
For you, I hope you find that one book this year. Or maybe you’ve already found it. If so, I hope you find another…
Each *one* book that connects us to ourselves and others in deeper ways than we thought possible, brings hope and truth that grow and shape us.
I’m thankful for the amazing books I’ve read this year and look forward to the next ones to come!
I’m giving away a signed copy of my survival adventure, TREASURE AT LURE LAKE as well as a $10 Amazon Gift Card so that you can find your *one* book this year! (US/Canada only)
Shari Schwarz lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado near the Rocky Mountains with her husband and their four boys. TREASURE AT LURE LAKE is her debut which reflects her love for a good survival adventure story. When she’s not reading or writing, Shari can be found freelance editing, weight-lifting, gardening or watching her boys play football, basketball, speed stacking, or wrestling. She frequently dreams of exploring Oregon Coast beaches or plotting out her next children’s book.
In TREASURE AT LURE LAKE twelve-year-old Bryce’s best-laid plans for a backpacking trip with his grandpa seem about to fall through all because his big brother, Jack, is threatening to boycott the trip. Then, while sulking in his grandpa’s barn, Bryce stumbles upon a treasure map. He doesn’t mean to steal it or unearth a painful family secret that will explain the root of the brothers’ conflict as they embark on an exciting and dangerous adventure.
“…this book is jam-packed with adventure with lots of appeal for reluctant readers.” -Jenn Bishop, author of The Distance to Home
“…both [brothers] must make some choices about what really matters to them…exposing how our most frustrating relationships can sometimes be the most worthwhile, and how with families–as with the wilderness–not everything is as it seems. A quick, exciting read!” –Melanie Conklin, author of Counting Thyme