The Long Shadow by Phyllis Wheeler

The Long Shadow by Phyllis Wheeler

Think: It's a Wonderful Life, crossed with To Kill a Mockingbird.

Winner of a Purple Dragonfly Award and a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, The Long Shadow  keeps readers turning pages.  Find out today why so many fans love this book and its positive message of reconciliation and hope. For ages 13 and up

Richie, age 14, doesn’t expect to time-travel. He just wants to go camping. Little does he know that an angelic truck driver has other ideas for him.

Aunt Trudy never wanted kids. Now that she’s Richie’s guardian, she makes his life miserable. Richie wants to escape, so he seeks refuge in the deep Missouri woods he loves so much.

Looking for a campsite, he wanders between two cedar trees. Suddenly it’s not summer, but late fall. Richie doesn’t realize at first that he’s traveled back in time fifty years. After a freak storm, he’s freezing. The person who saves him is Morris, a mysterious black woodsman.

Richie and Morris both long for home. But getting there seems impossible.  Then Richie realizes that the key to bringing Morris in from the cold could be a trip further back in time—to try to prevent a terrible crime.

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Genres: Time travel fantasy, Young Adult 12 and up
Tag: Recommended Books
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing Inc.
Publication Year: 2021
Format: paperback, ebook
Length: 190
Narrator: Steve Owens
ISBN: 9781649491312

List Price: 13.24
eBook Price: 5.99
Audiobook Price: 5.95
Sometimes we need to escape our own time and place to walk a few miles in someone else's shoes. Phyllis Wheeler's The Long Shadow will open your eyes, rend your heart, and take you on an invaluable journey.
Searching for a new favorite book? Look no further than The Long Shadow by Phyllis Wheeler. This is a great book for fans of To Kill a Mockingbird but with a time-travel twist. Richie grabs your attention and doesn’t let go until the very end.
– Elsie G., age 13
This compelling and engaging story is a must read!
I’ve read this book and enjoyed the characters in the story. I like the friendship that blossomed in the story and how the story came full circle in the end. It was a good history lesson without being offensive to anyone.
– LaShaunda Hoffman, author
I loved this book. I could not stop reading it once I had begun. It is a delightful story, as well as a very painful one, told very well without a wasted word. I gladly recommend it to anyone.
– Jerram Barrs, professor at Covenant Theological Seminary and author of Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts
I hope everyone out there will read this book, not just those young readers out there but adults as well. This book matters for everyone.
– Mary Kris Rudas, reviewer
A powerful message wrapped in a page-turner.
– Cherie Postill, author, speaker, and mentor for teens at the St. Louis Writers Guild
Heartwarming and heartbreaking, Richie's story is a shining example of how taking a chance on unlikely friendships is the best way to break down the barriers we build.
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About the Author
Phyllis Wheeler

Phyllis Wheeler, a homeschooling veteran, loves time-travel stories with a bit of fantasy thrown in. She writes award-winning books for kids that feature strong families and a moral compass.

Phyllis is the author of  the Guardians of Time chapter book series for ages 8-11 and The Long Shadow, a time-travel drama for young adult. She and her husband live in St. Louis, where she tends her milkweed garden and hopes for butterflies.

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