Most people see nothing but trees and grass in those woods that line superhighways. But 13-year-old Andrea sees small people.
The Bokaaj live in the buffer zone woods between the highway and the big new house that Andrea’s family just moved into from the Boston suburbs. At first, Andrea is delighted to meet Erau, a Bokaaj boy about her age. He teaches her how to climb trees—he has extra toes—and how to eat acorns and ferns.
But then a new road full of houses begins to chew up the woods. Andrea is kidnapped and brought to the Bokaaj leader, who hates her for that destruction. She is rescued by the Siljeea, the shaman woman whose magic keeps the Bokaaj invisible.
It’s hard to be a hero while going to school, caring for your younger brother, and trying not to worry your over-protective parents. Andrea finds herself rescuing the Bokaaj from the machines of development, running away to help more of the Bokaaj and learning why only she can see them. Meanwhile, Andrea is tossed into a series of adventures that wreck her grades, mess up her health, and almost tear her family apart.
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I’ve been an actor, a director, a theatre professor, and a freelance writer. I’ve studied playwriting, theatre history, and how to teach actors. My plays have been produced in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City MO, and (I love this!) Cape Town, South Africa.
Then a character in one of my plays had a new story to tell—a story that would never fit on a stage. So I wrote a novel, The Dry Country. That was so much fun that I wrote another novel, Siljeea Magic, and got it published by Black Rose Writing! You can find both novels on Amazon.
Now I’m working on another novel, and another play. I live in Ithaca, NY, with a husband and three cockatiels.