Thursday, September 30, 2010
Your Name: Shelliep
Title: The Last Stationmaster
Punished with a summer stay on a remote family farm, a delinquent fifteen-year-old finds ties to the Underground Railroad that stops a national disaster.
Nate Daniels lands in trouble one too many times for his parents' comfort and ends up in North Carolina with his grandparents for the summer. Soon after he arrives, he discovers a long kept family secret.
Nate learns that his grandparents' estate dates back through the family since the antebellum era. He questions how his African-American forefathers ran the farm during the South's heydays of slavery. Why hidden rooms are built into the house? And why his family won't talk about it.
With laptop and cell phone privileges revoked, Nate's efforts to research the farm's history stalls until he meets Hannah and her brother. The snooping trio uncovers a link between the farm and the Underground Railroad. Good, right? But more research suggests that Nate's very distant and very black grandfather owned slaves. Nate's convinced an explanation for his ancestor's actions lay hidden in a series of ghostly clues.
But not all the mysterious happenings on the farm can be blamed on the ghost. Nate finds a falsely accused terrorist who's using the rambling property to escape a manhunt. Hajji claims to be a government spy with crucial information that a mole at the Pentagon wants to keep him from delivering. Nate isn't convinced until Hajji saves his life. Now, to get the Intelligence to safety and stop an ambush of U.S. military troops, Nate must use everything he's learned about the farm, the UGRR, and follow in the footsteps of his forefather as he becomes THE LAST STATIONMASTER.
Greetings Sarah! I love writing stories with a bit of history. My writing won Honorable Mention in the RPLA and was a quarterfinalist in ABNA's 2010 competition.