Family Night Out: Jo Hackl in Conversation with Michel Stone
Greenville-based author Jo Hackl will be in conversation with author Michel Stone at Spartanburg County Library HQ’s Family Night on Tuesday, September 18, at 7pm, to discuss her debut children’s novel Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe.
A Mississippi ghost town and an art mystery combine in this gorgeously written debut just right for fans of Three Times Lucky and A Snicker of Magic!
How far would you go to find something that might not even exist?
All her life, Cricket's mama has told her stories about a secret room painted by a mysterious artist. Now Mama's run off, and Cricket thinks the room might be the answer to getting her to come back. If it exists. And if she can find it.
Cricket's only clue is a coin from a grown-over ghost town in the woods. So with her daddy's old guidebook and a coat full of snacks stolen from the Cash 'n' Carry, Cricket runs away to find the room. Surviving in the woods isn't easy. While Cricket camps out in an old tree house and looks for clues, she meets the last resident of the ghost town, encounters a poetry-loving dog (who just might hold a key to part of the puzzle), and discovers that sometimes you have to get a little lost . . . to really find your way.
Jo Hackl grew up just outside a ghost town in the middle of the Mississippi piney woods in a county where storytelling is a major form of entertainment. This tradition inspired her passion for writing. She spent her childhood inventing characters and roaming the woods.
She is founder of www.Outdoorosity.org, a web site that provides inspiration and information about the outdoors. As research for her first novel, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, Jo took classes in outdoor survival skills. She learned how to make a fire from scratch, how to harvest water from tree leaves, how to make rope out of honeysuckle, how to make a shelter in the woods, and how to forage for edible plants. She also camped out in her family's tree house and studied poetry and art history.
Jo lives with her husband and three children in Greenville, South Carolina, where she writes every day and takes to the woods whenever she can.