Hank’s latest book:
A skeleton’s hand, a
huge creature with red eyes and a riddle written in blood draw the River
Rats into a mystery dating back to the Civil War.
Join Moe, Tank,
Wart, Dill, Tooth and Eep, six boys who are best friends and call themselves
the River Rats, and their dog General Stonewall Jackson as they again embark
on a great adventure - this time to solve a riddle left by a soldier in a
long-lost cave, leading to treasure and danger.
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Me a Mystery
A face surfaces
from the murky waters of the Ohio River offering an ominous invitation-
“Follow Me. I’ll show you the way.”
Two people are frightened beyond belief and fall into the dark turbulent
water. Without warning, six boys, best friends who call themselves the
River Rats, are thrust into the biggest mystery to hit their town in years.
Where did the awful face
What does it want?
Why does it only appear
to certain people?
Join Moe, Tank, Wart, Dill, Tooth and Eep, The River Rats, and their dog General Stonewall Jackson as they make
daring river rescues, go cliff-jumping, join the circus, and see the
underside of the largest foot in the world – all while trying to solve the
mystery of the face in the water.
“The River Rats” is a chapter book targeted
for 9-13 year olds as well as the young at heart.
The River Rats Reviews:
THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Small Press Bookwatch: May 2008
written and a highly recommended story for community libraries, "
May 2008, James A. Cox, Editor-in Chief,
Midwest Book Review, 278 Orchard
Drive, Oregon, WI 53575
To back one up through thick and thin, to help one
against insurmountable odds- that’s what friends are for. “The River
Rats” is the tale of six of these friends and their dog who must deal
with the sudden emergence of the biggest mystery to hit their town in an
incredibly long time. In order to figure out this enigma, they must
make river rescues, join the circus, and other seemingly unrelated acts
to get through this tale with themselves and their friendships intact.
“The River Rats” is deftly written and a highly recommended story for
love these River Rats,"
January 6, 2008,
From the opening line of
Hank Racer's new middle grade chapter novel, The River Rats, readers are
swept along on a mystery that will keep them engaged till the last page.
The story explodes from
the first sentence with the screaming tires of a semi truck on a rainy
night. Then there is the secret of the ghostly, red-eyed specter submerged
in the Ohio River. An adventure for the pre-teen friends known as The River
Rats, the story takes place in those lazy, waning days of summer just before
the start of the new school year.
Drawing on memories of
his own childhood, Racer's gentle descriptions of life in a small river
town, where everyone knows everyone else, give the story unique
authenticity. For those who cherish memories of growing up away from the
hustle and bustle of major metropolitan areas, the characters are just like
people we all knew.
Best friends, boy meets
girl, and for icing on the cake, the circus comes to town.
A good story, told well.
You can't ask for more than that.
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Marky has red hair and barks at night. The other pond
frogs tease him because his is different. When a fearsome creature from the
forest threatens the frogs. Marky must decide what to do.
What would you do?
Marky The Barking Bullfrog is an
engaging story about making friends, helping other and understanding
Marky The Barking Bullfrog Reviews:
"A definite witty, charming,
sensory pleasure!" May 2007, Mary Jane Little, Library System Director,
St. Augustine, Florida
I found the text and
illustrations absolutely enchanting and delightful to the senses! Having
been a practicing Children's Librarian for many years, this book literally
JUMPED out at me with teasing reflections of Eric Carle's works!
"A Most Exceptional
Bullfrog!" June 10, 2007, Julie Smithers, Instructional
What an engaging book to
explore with your child or grandchild! Marky's bullfrog face draws you
into his world as you find yourself swimming and hopping with him through
the fish-filled pond and the colorful grass . As the poem winds through
the woods and pages, you'll be wondering what might happen next. The
detailed illustrations invite you to linger on each page seeing the marsh
through Marky's unique eyes. As your children ask to visit with Marky
again and again, you'll discover more and more to capture your interest as
well. A sweet book with a lesson to benefit all!
Beginning Readers!" May 5, 2007, Rik Feeney "Coachrik"
agree that reading is important and should become something a child enjoys
doing rather than a chore then you will want to get a copy of "Marky The
Barking Bullfrog." The story is wonderfully quirky and shows kids that
being different is not bad. The illustrations will intrigue young
children and make this book a favorite they will want you to read with
them time and time again.
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