Song of the Eagle
(Mockingbird Lane Press, Sept. 1, 2014)
Deep in Arkansas's rugged Ozark Mountains, fourteen-year-old Rose Rayburn's brother shocks his family by inviting their slaves to eat supper with them before he goes off to war. Black and white. Slave and slave owner. Everyone sits at the same table and eats together. From that day, Rose's life changes in ways she could never have imaged. Weeks later, Rose's brother is killed by a renegade soldier. Driven by vengeance, wearing her brother's hat, she sets out on a perilous journey to bring the killer to justice. The hat is decorated with special eagle feathers. A hat that she believes calms her fears and gives her courage. Along the way, Rose joins forces with her blind cousin, Betsy, and other intriguing and memorable characters. What starts as a tale of vengeance becomes an unforgettable story of good versus evil, family love, and overcoming racial prejudice in a heart-opening way that rules and regulations could never accomplish.