Light at Summer's End  -     By: Kim Ballard
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It's a hot Georgia afternoon, and Melissa has been dumped at a stranger's house for the entire summer...just because she's in the way at home. Worse,Miss Vellie, the owner of the farm, lives alone. Melissa is sure she'll be bored to death. Then Melissa discovers that Miss Vellie didn't even know she was coming!

Melissa cries herself to sleep the first night...and the next....and the next. Is Melissa just homesick, or is there something deeper going on? What on earth can an angry fourteen-year-old and a retired English teacher have in common?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 116
Vendor: Oaktara Publishers
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1602900477
ISBN-13: 9781602900479
Availability: In Stock

Author Bio

KIM BALLARD graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in English Literature and completed her Masters work in English Literature at the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Georgia at Athens. She is the author of Julia’s Quest, as well as non-fiction essays and short stories. As a literature and writing teacher, she enjoys passing on her passion for World Literature, American and British Literature to junior and senior high-school students.

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Author: Kim Ballard
Located in: Stuart, Florida
Submitted: February 08, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Talking about myself isn't easy. I love stories, I love people, I love solitude. I have a heart for young people who are curious about their world, and searching for their place in it.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  When I lived in Atlanta I became aware of the abortion crisis. Heard a speaker, quite young, who discussed issues, forgotten issues, of the impact of abortion as birth control upon the siblings of the aborted children. I didn't intend to write a story about that, but it turned out this was the issue facing the characters in my head.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  As the pendulum is swinging back to a recognition and appreciation for human life, I hope we can continue to listen to each other with a healing embrace and recognize how our struggles connect us.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Oddly, about fifteen years after writing this story, I am now a high school Lit/writing teacher. Was not among my ambitions to teach. Humorous that my first wisdom character in my first novel would be a retired English teacher.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Many, many...Madeleine L'Engle, Flannery O'Connor, Ray Bradbury, the teller of Beowulf, Frederick Buechner, C. S. Lewis, Chris Carter, Vienna Teng, Loreena McKennit

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I believe it was C. S. Lewis who said something like, "We read to know we are not alone." I hope you enjoy the story...and I invite you to write your experience reading it...

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