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Panther Creek Mountain-The Big Adventure

Panther Creek Mountain-The Big Adventure

by Clyde McCulley

ISBN: 9780998669915

Publisher Story Night Press

Published in Literature & Fiction/Action & Adventure, Children's Books/Action & Adventure, Children & Teens (Young Adult), Children's Books

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Book Description

In the 1950s two brothers and their girl cousin live on an Appalachian Mountain ridge with no electricity or running water. They are poor, but rich with wild adventures. They build a treehouse, discover an old Indian burial mound, go river rafting, find a thieves’ cave, and stumble upon a deranged old woman hiding in their clubhouse. But that’s not all! They encounter rattlesnakes and wild razorbacks, and fall asleep each night hoping to hear the panther scream in the distant hills.

Sample Chapter

HURRAY! SCHOOL’S OUT FOR THE

SUMMER!

“School’s out for the summer!” shouted the kids of the Wild Cat Valley School. They all said goodbye to their teachers and dashed out to get on their school buses.

For Clay and Luke, summer days meant going without shoes, playing in the woods and creeks, and making discoveries. They could not wait for the old yellow school bus to drop them off at Panther Creek Road.

When the bus finally stopped at their road, the boys jumped off and kicked off their shoes. They felt the warm sand between their toes. Each boy had a big grin on his face. They loved going barefoot.

“I will race you up the road to our cabin,” said Luke, as he took off.

Clay knew he could not let his little brother beat him home, so he started to run, then spied Luke’s shoes on the road where Luke had kicked them off.

“You may beat me, but you’re going to have to come all the way back down from the ridge to get your shoes,” yelled Clay.

Luke came to a quick stop.

‘How did I forget my shoes?!’ he fumed to himself, and reluctantly returned to get them.

Clay laughed and laughed, which only made Luke fume even more.

When Luke came back to get his shoes, Clay tore off running and beat Luke home.

“No fair!” yelled Luke, but Clay only laughed again.

When they entered the cabin, they could smell sugar cookies, fresh from the oven.

Mama grinned at the boys, knowing that it was good for them to have summer recess from school. Both boys beamed and said that they loved school, but it was great for summer to arrive. Here in the woods, they felt that they got a “real” education!

Mama smiled and gave each boy a glass of buttermilk and three sugar cookies.

After their snack, they took a notebook and pencil and walked up to the water spring where they could sit on the log bench and make their summer plans.

They wrote the following lists:

A. Summer Adventures

Camping

River rafting

Swimming

Kite Flying

Biking

Fishing

Indian Arrow Head hunting

Build a Tree house,

and….Unknown Adventures

B. Money Making Ideas

Pick up cold drink bottles along the road and sell them.

Sell Wild Plums

Sell Watermelons

Sell Flower and Vegetable Seeds

And…Unknown Money Making Ideas

C. Family Chores

Feed chickens

Feed Hogs

Feed Smokey and old cow

Help Momma wash clothes on Wednesdays

Wash dishes at suppertime

And….Unknown chores

D. Anything else we haven’t thought of….

“I think that should be enough to get the summer started,” said Clay.

“You think we can do all that in one summer?”

“Yeah, I think so—We’ll fill our days with fun. I really want to build a tree house and maybe a small log cabin.”

“A log cabin? News to me! When did you think of that, Clay?”

“Oh, one night after you went to sleep and I was lying awake listening to see if the panther up in the mountain would scream. All of a sudden I thought, why don’t we build a real miniature log cabin, just big enough for the two of us to get in? Luke said, “Well, what about Georgie or other friends? It should be big enough for them too.”

Clay agreed and said that they could go into the pine forest and cut a lot of small trees to build walls high enough for them to stand up in.

“That sounds like a lot of work,” said Luke. “Let’s start with some of our other plans first.”

“Okay, but we should aim for building a log cabin at some point.”

They climbed the ladder to the attic that night and both had trouble getting to sleep because of the exciting possibilities that lay ahead.

Luke finally drifted off to sleep and Clay heard two panthers scream in the wild woods up in the mountain above their cabin.

Clay loved the sound, but it also scared him. He was excited knowing that they lived in the mountains, something that most boys could only imagine in their wildest dreams.

Continues...

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Author Profile

Clyde McCulley

Clyde McCulley

Clyde McCulley was born in Benton, Arkansas in 1941, the last of six kids born to a father, sixty years old, and a mother of forty. Together, they tried to eek out a living on a five-acre farm with no running water and a two-holer outhouse. He was determined to go to college and pursue fine art, ultimately leading him to complete both an MFA and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration. After working as a professor of art at several private colleges, McCulley spent twenty years as the director of the School of Art at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute. McCulley's memoirs, "The Boy on Shady Grove Road," is a collection of 100 stories from his early years in the conservative segregated South of the 1940s and 50s. His book captures life on a little farm that was financially poor but rich in love, adventure, and imagination. Along with humor that makes many readers laugh out loud are the tender, charming, and even poetic musings of a man who recalls childhood with uncommon vividness. His characters and schemes in "The Boy on Shady Grove Road" bring back memories, to many readers, of Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn." McCulley’s second book, “Panther Creek Mountain” is about two brothers and their girl cousin growing up in the 1950s on a mountain ridge in the Appalachians. McCulley lives with his wife, Susan, and their cat, Shadow, in Portland, Maine

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