Set in the real American dystopia of the Great Depression, The Blind Boxer is the story of a prison inmate known as Harvard, who is offered his freedom if he will participate in a mysterious boxing match. Harvard, who is a former professional fighter but suffers from failing eyesight, is joined by two other fighters. But when the Big Fight begins Harvard and his friends quickly learn that the rules of prize fighting and fair play no longer count and survival is the name of the game.
Twelve-year old Archie Lane’s next door neighbor is a killer. Archie has uncovered that terrible secret, but no one will believe him. If he doesn’t find a way to convince his parents he witnessed a real murder, the results could be fatal fro Archie. Set in the fall of 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas, a city torn apart by one of the nation’s first civil rights crises, Archie’s suspense-filled story recounts his transition from an idyllic world to the incomprehensible world of adulthood. Throughout his story, the reader watches Archie struggle to come to terms with the subtleties of right and wrong.
In 1941, when thirteen-year-old Ricky Parker’s family is uprooted from their home in Arkansas and relocated to Venezuela, Ricky thinks his life is over. But what he finds in a rough and tumble oil camp on the banks of Lake Maracaibo is the adventure of a lifetime. An adventure filled with Nazi spies, treachery, betrayal, true love, and even murder. While touching on issues that remain relevant today, such as racism and America’s reliance on foreign oil, this coming-of-age novel is a page turning, high-octane suspense tale of star-crossed young lovers set in exotic wartime Venezuela.
Danny McCall loves basketball more than anything in the world. So why would he risk his basketball scholarship, his relationship with his girlfriend, and his entire future to fix the point spread in a series of college basketball games? These questions haunt Danny as he sits with his beloved coach’s dead body waiting for the police. While journeying back with Danny and his peers to find the answers, we witness the difficult and dangerous choices Danny makes that leads him to this untenable position. We witness his friendship with his team’s amoral star and his involvement with a pair of sleazy gamblers. We witness the struggling relationship between Danny and the girl he loves. And finally, we witness the demise of an upstanding coach who always tried to inspire his players to do the right thing. Set in the early 1990s, Shadow Games is an exciting page-turner, filled with realistic basketball action and characters wrestling with dark underworld influences. In light of the recent scandals in college basketball, Shadow Games is a topical novel for readers of all ages. Above all else, the book is a powerful portrayal of the loss of youthful innocence.
What do Wilt Chamberlain, Adolph Rupp, the fictional character Chip Hilton, the CCNY Beavers, the future director of Monday Night Football and a coach who won the national championship and ended his career driving a school bus have in common? The answer is they were all part of the wonderful tapestry of college basketball in the 1950s. Set against a backdrop of the Korean War, McCarthyism, hoola-hoops and Elvis Presley, Hoop Crazy is the inspiring story of how college basketball overcame the disastrous gambling scandals of 1951 and emerged a decade later as a major component of the American sports scene.
Kenny Francis has four fathers. His real father was killed in Vietnam before he was born. His other three fathers were marine buddies of his dad’s and they’ve pitched in to raise him. Only it hasn’t worked. Kenny is a world champion screwup. He’s been sent to Bedford Academy to get straightened out but as Kenny tries to turn his life around he must face some painful truths about his father—and himself. Shortlisted –International Reading Association Young Adults Choices Award.
GREATER LITTLE ROCK tells the exciting and intriguing history of the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock. It’s the story of memorable people, places, things, and events beginning with the age of the Native Americans and the explorations of Hernando de Soto. Popular history is combined with nostalgia and a large collection of photographs to present the flavor that makes Little Rock a unique community. Available on Amazon.com and also at the official Clinton Presidential Library Book Store, Little Rock, Arkansas.
The People’s College presents the history of one of Little Rock’s premier institutions. The book shows how the school started as an extension of the local high school and eventually became a major university and includes a behind the scenes look at a national championship junior college football team, political intrigue at the state capital and stories of the hundreds of students whose lives were changed by the school.