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Cottonwood Winter: A Christmas Story is the sequel to the author's critically acclaimed Cottonwood Fall, finalist for the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Popular Fiction. Set in a Michigan small town during the winter of 1944, this heartwarming story interweaves historic events on the European war front with home front mysteries, all to be solved by Jase Addison, the now adult narrator, and his best friend, the inimitable Danny Tucker. Storylines include dealing with the threat of a murderous German espionage agent and the baffling disappearance of a Santa Claus look alike. During a broadcast interview with author Gary Slaughter, John Seigenthaler, public television host of a Word on Words, refers to these two eleven-year-old boys as this generation's Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. The Cottonwood novels attract those who cherish the memory of a simplier time and seek to relive the past or desire to share this important historical period with children and grandchildren. Readers of all ages are entertained by richly-detailed reminiscenses of home-front America during the last year of World War II and downright good humor.
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Gary Slaughter grew up in a small town where he carefully observed life on the home front. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he served as an officer on naval destroyers. Over the years he has written extensively and lectured widely on the management of corporate information technology. Today Gary creates fiction and presents talks on events on the home front and the World War II front lines.Review:
Cottonwood Winter: A Christmas Story, the third book in Gary Slaughter's Cottonwood series, is billed as both a Christmas story and a novel. In actuality, it's mostly a social history, aided by several fictional overlays relating to valor on the Western Front in the last winter of World War ii. There's a villainous Nazi, two fourth-graders who capture him, and a shadowy Santa Claus stand-in -- who miraculously plays a minor role in both story lines. Most of the chapters focus on the boys -- Jase, the narrator, and his buddy Danny -- using them to illumninate life in Middle America during the 1940s. Through their heroism, they meet Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, J. Edgar Hoover, Winston Churchill, and other notables. It's an upbeat portrayal of a simpler nation united around common goals -- bring on the nostalgia! --Nashville Scene (Ralph Bowden), Nashville TN 11/8/07
Cottonwood Winter is the third in a series of semi-autobiographical novels by Nashville author Gary Slaughter, who draws on his childhood experiences in Owosso MI to create a loving portrait of small-town life during World War II. Slaughter's previous book, Cottonwood Fall, was a finalist for the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Popular Fiction. He's now at work on Cottonwood Spring. --The Tennessean (Jonathan Marx), Nashville TN 11/18/07
Author Gary Slaughter's previous books Cottonwood Summer and Cottonwood Fall established the identity of the small town of Riverton MI during the mid-1940's. He's created in the characters of two 10-year-old boys, Jase and Danny, a vehicle that helps guide readers through the landscape of Riverton during the war years. Slaughter's third novel, Cottonwood Winter, adds mystery and espionage elements to the mix. There's the threat posed by an elite German agent, whose possible presence looms over the town. Just when it seems things are going bad, the duo of Jase and Danny get involved in sorting everything out. Operating with the innocence and resilience of children, the pair always manage to save the day. They also help others in the town find a way to feel grateful despite the many problems and worries that still affect them. Cottonwood Winter: A Christmas Story advances the story and serves as a poignant reminder of the past and a warm, pleasant acknowledgement regarding the real meaning of Christmas. --The City Paper (Ron Wynn), Nashville TN 12/7/07
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Book Description Fletcher House, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0974420638
Book Description Fletcher House, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110974420638
Book Description Fletcher House. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0974420638 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1498984