‘The Scarecrow’, a new book for readers ages 8-13

Staff Report

Rockford children’s author Max Elliot Anderson has a new book just released.

The Scarecrow is the first of my books to carry an evangelistic message as part of the plot and story,” Anderson said. “My primary intent in writing The Scarecrow was to provide an exciting book for readers 8-13 that can be used with confidence by parents, churches, children’s ministries, homeschoolers, Christian schools and others who wish to reach out to kids with this unique tool.”

The book can also be given as a gift to a hurting child, in a difficult home situation, who will identify immediately with the main character and his struggles in life. But the story is not limited to just that group. Any young reader will enjoy The Scarecrow.

The story concerns Billy, a young boy who lived with his mother and younger sister, Becky, in the city. One day, after his mother could no longer care for them, a judge ordered that the children must be removed from the house. They were dismayed to find they could no longer live together.

Billy was placed on a remote farm with an aunt and uncle who never had children. He became withdrawn and didn’t speak for a long time. As his uncle gave him a tour of the farm, Billy was startled when he first saw the scarecrow. He wasn’t certain at first, but he thought the scarecrow whispered something to him. Later, in his imagination, he and the scarecrow became best friends and did everything together. This concerned Billy’s uncle, who showed him he could have a friend who would stick closer than a brother.

The Scarecrow is published by Lighthouse Christian Publishing and is available on Amazon.com. ISBN-10: 1478301309 or ISBN-13: 978-1478301301.

From the Aug. 1-7, 2012, issue

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