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ISBN 10: 1629440159 / ISBN 13: 9781629440156
Published by Mims House, 2013
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Title: Vagabonds

Publisher: Mims House

Publication Date: 2013

Book Condition:Good

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An Epic Quest Across a Dangerous Frontier
Galen, the nine-banded armadillo, must accept the Tex, the ambitious outsider, as leader of the search for the fabled Faralone Falls, a place they can finally call home. But on the frontier, survival is the only thing that matters. Not pride.

In the tradition of Warriors , Seekers, or The Guardins of Ga-Hoole comes the American fantasy, VAGABONDS, the sweeping saga of El Garro's armadillo colony, the scouts and pioneers who have always been at the forefront of the migration.

Rumors from their original homeland, the jungles far to the south, suggest that El Garro's colony may be nearing the fabled Faralone Falls, where they will find the answer to why they have traveled northward for decades. This epic story is a poignant metaphor of the immigrants search for a better place for their families.

Follow Galen as he grows into a leader among his people, one worthy of being remembered in ballads.

From the Author:

Once upon a time there was a boy and girl who met in college at the U of A and they found they both enjoyed hiking in the Ozarks. It began a life long love of hiking.

People say to write what you know: I was learning about camping and the Ozarks. One day, we went camping at the Steele Creek campground on the Buffalo River, and just at sunset, we saw armadillos digging in the bushes.

Because of that, I started learning more about armadillos and found that they are an invasive species, coming up from Mexico into the U.S., and had already moved into the Ozarks of southern Missouri. Popular articles in newspapers at the time talked about how surprising it was that armadillos were able to withstand the cold as they moved north, but speculated that they were able to survive by digging deeper holes.

Because of that, I pitched the idea of an armadillo book to a couple companies, each time doing a bit more research on the animals habits, anatomy and peculiarities.

  • Did you know that armadillos are the only creatures besides humans that have been known to contract leprosy?
  • Did you know that armadillos are always born as quadruplets? All boys or all girls.
  • Did you know that when startled armadillos jump straight up? It accounts for most of the road kill you see.
Until finally, I knew enough to put them into a fictionalized story. Now, I wasn't writing what I knew, but what I imagined to be true.

It seemed natural to make it an immigrant's story. These were creatures moving from South America, through Mexico, and into North America. Immigrants. I've always been fascinated with the difficulties faced by immigrants: leaving their home, crossing new lands, learning new languages.

Vagabonds is an immigrant's story, with an unlikely armadillo hero, set in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.

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