In just one afternoon, Wren’s gleeful mood crashes with the news of her mother’s diagnosis of advanced-stage Breast Cancer. Soon Wren is sent to spend the summer with her not-so-typical grandparents (aging hippies) in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
With goats, chickens, and alpacas as companions, Wren finds adventure and ordinary days on trails and porches. Happiness comes with finding new friends, increased independence, and acres of woods to explore.
Chiggers bite, and spiders lurk. Wren’s nemesis, Aunt Char, returns. An owl calls outside of Wren’s window. Sometimes Wren gets scared, and when she really should be alarmed, she instead befriends a man with cruel intentions.
Late summer turns tragic, Arkansas teaches harshly and gently, and Wren learns that things don’t have to be perfect to be good.
About Alice Longaker (Denver, Colorado Author)
A self-professed late bloomer, I obtained a bachelor’s degree from Rockmont College and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. I wandered through a library career—the solitude of cataloging, the austere aisles of a research library, and a boisterous children’s library.
I taught research, composition, literature, and Intensive English to college and university students throughout Colorado. Currently I dabble in tutoring international students, and heeding the ‘call of stories,’ I write. New projects include a collection of lyrical essays, poetry, and perhaps sequels to WREN.
I live on the plains of northern Colorado with my companions Multiple Sclerosis, an old dog, and two crazy cats.