Spirit of Iron

Spirit of Iron

by Janice Shefelman, Tom Shefelman

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When Mina learns that Amaya, her Lipan Apache friend, has been kidnapped by a band of marauding Comanches, she disguises herself as a boy and follows the Texas Rangers to search for Amaya. Sequel to "A Paradise Called Texas." This is the third part of a very popular Texas trilogy from award-winning author, Janice Jordan Shefelman. The second book in the series is "Willow Creek Home."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156905843
Publisher: Eakin Press
Publication date: 11/13/2016
Series: Texas Trilogy , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 106
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Since my father was a German professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, I grew up in a neighborhood near the campus. He read to me from an early age which began a love affair with children’s books and led to careers as teacher, librarian, and writer. Books opened the door to a big world and gave me the desire to see it. Thus I spent one summer bicycling around Europe and another traveling in North Africa and the Middle East.

When I married Tom, an architect, and artist, we set out on a trip around the world for a year, traveling by freighter and living several weeks in a Buddhist temple. Along the way, I wrote articles for newspapers and magazines which Tom illustrated, our first artistic collaboration.

But it was not until I tried writing children’s books that my career began to blossom. Our first book, A Paradise Called Texas, was a Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee. The idea came from a story my father told me when I was a little girl. His grandfather left Germany in 1845 and brought his wife and young daughter, Mina, to the Texas frontier. Tom and our two sons collaborated to illustrate this book.

Many books later Tom and I are still married and living in Austin. In fact, our marriage thrives on working together. We have recently published a picture book biography entitled I, Vivaldi, which received the Children's Choices Award given by the International Reading Association. Doing the research was a joy since Vivaldi’s music is our passion and Venice is our favorite city. We lived in the same square where Antonio Vivaldi's childhood home still stands. Tom played kickball with the neighborhood kids just as Antonio tried to do but could not because of his "chest constriction." Out of that book came Anna Maria's Gift, a chapter book about an orphan girl who studies violin with Vivaldi. As you can see, I love to write about the past and make it come to life for young readers.

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