Barbara O’Connor, Author-In-Residence

by Dianne White on September 1, 2010

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When a magical secret falls off a freight train almost in his backyard in Georgia, adventuresome Owen Jester is ready to make the most of it. And why not? It’s summer, the days are long and lazy, and Owen’s two best friends are ready to help … but are they? How far can lead your friends down a fantastic path, and what if the nosy neighbor (and a girl, yet!) you’re trying to avoid turns out to be the best friend a boy can have?

In THE FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWEN JESTER Barbara O’Connor has woven a magical tale of summer and ponds and bullfrogs, but especially of friendship. Unexpected friendship, that leads to an adventure of a lifetime.

From Barbara O’Connor:

Before I sat down to write THE FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWEN JESTER, I only knew two things about the story. I knew the first sentence: “Owen Jester tiptoed across the gleaming linoleum floor and slipped the frog into the soup.” (Don’t worry. No frogs were harmed in the writing of this book. The soup was cold.) And I knew that something was going to fall off of the train that ran behind Owen Jester’s house. (But I didn’t know what it was. I had to think about that for a while!) Next, I had to create characters and get to know them well. I created Owen Jester and his two best friends, Travis and Stumpy, and his nosy, know-it-all neighbor, Viola. After that, I was ready to write a story about a frog, a fantastic secret, and four kids who share a summer they will never forget.

Read “What’s Your Story, Barbara O’Connor?” HERE.

For more books by Barbara, visit her website HERE.

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