WURTLAND, Ky. — Whoever said reading cannot be fun and adventurous? Reading teacher, Becky Spencer’s 6th grade students at Wurtland Middle School (WMS) in Greenup County are reading a book entitled, A Middle Grade Boys Adventure Tale, ‘The Warrior’s Drum’ by Fonda Warnock, who will visit WMS on Nov. 9.
Warnock is a native of Greenup County, President of KYOWA Writers, a writing group composed of authors from Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, and has written other books. In addition to ‘The Warrior’s Drum,’ which is a 200 year old mystery which takes place in Southern Ohio which, and is the story of a missing Native American drum and a curse, according to Warnock.
“My nephew inspired me to write this book. He was about 10 years old, and I just felt like I needed to write a story, but there was a 20 year stretch where it lay there in the drawer, just partially finished,” Warnock said. “I love the history of the area, so I tried to incorporate that into the story, and also 10 year olds playing baseball. “I think what will interest people in the local area is that I used a lot of Native American history. Some of it is the mound builders, and some it is the Shawnee, located in this area,” she said.
Warnock’s said her visit to WMS on Wednesday, Nov. 9, will be all day, as she to talk to the classes about the book and about the process of writing. Classes begin at 8:50 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.
“I am really excited about my upcoming visit to the school, I have talked to classes before, but this is the first time that I will be sharing my own work,” she said. “I really want kids to get excited about the history of this area. I didn’t know the history of the local area when I was growing up. That is what I actually what to do, is help children learn about this great history that we have.”
For more information regarding Warnock’s visiting to WMS, as well as her publications, visit the FR Warnock Facebook page, or write to: P. O. Box 1174, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.
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