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  • Keywords
    • family love and loyalty,
    • children adjusting to change,
    • love of motorcycles,
    • girls playing baseball,
    • tomboy fiction,
    • small town Iowa,
    • small town racism

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Of Sticks and Stones: Book 1
by Duane Byerley

Don’t be fooled by this young adult novel. It may seem like it’s a story about baseball and motorcycles, but it is at its core a lovely, heartwarming and perceptive work of fiction about friendships, family, love and support. Set during the late 1960s and 70s, Of Sticks and Stones (Volume 1) mainly focuses on the adventures and ambitions of nine-year-old Libby, who moves to a small Midwestern town with her mother and brother when her navy pilot father goes missing in Vietnam. As Libby adjusts to the slower pace of her new environment and the bullying of new classmates, she develops an extraordinary bond with her grandfather Gene—the kind of grandfather every kid deserves! While Gene nurtures his granddaughter’s interest in two unusual hobbies, he manages in the process, through his words and his deeds, to teach her a variety of lifetime lessons about patience, perseverance, loyalty, and courage.

About 50 years ago, author Duane Byerley sat down and wrote a short story to entertain his young niece when her father was serving in Vietnam. A half century later, determined to evoke the bygone and pivotal American era of the 1960s and 70s, he has taken that short story and developed it into a thoughtful and moving two volume young adult novel. A self-described storyteller, Duane prides himself on his keen powers of observation and equally impressive ability to “stand along the reader and show them the horizons.” That is precisely what he does in Of Sticks and Stones, making the novel highly readable, relatable and engaging. In addition to writing fiction, Duane publishes widely in magazines and trade journals. He lives fulltime in a motor coach with Maggie, his wife of 47 years, and typically travels throughout the spring, summer and fall.


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