OUTBACK is set in the small town of Dawson Springs, Kentucky. Why did you choose to set the novel here?

OUTBACK is set in the small town of Dawson Springs, Kentucky. Why did you choose to set the novel here?

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I’ve lived nearly my entire life in a small town. I’m fascinated by the customs of small towns. Relationships there are a social dance that you don’t get in major cities. I think I’ll always write about this lifestyle.

Dawson Springs is my hometown in Western Kentucky. The Qweepie farm combines my parent’s family farms and a 1939 home where I lived briefly in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. I think using the town is a homage to the people who said, “Remember me when you’re famous!”

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Summer Reading List: “Your Song”

Today a Walden boy named Maxx learns he has much in common with Skyler, a young eagle living in the Growing Field. This flying lesson teaches both of our young friends where to look when searching for unique gifts and talents in life. Invite your child to soar with Your Song and experience the magic that occurs when we learn to look deep inside ourselves for our gifts, talents and self-esteem. Leadership elements Self-confidence, self-esteem, uniqueness, power of confirmation and positive self-image

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

Your Song is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Your Song written by Mark Hoog.

Summer Reading List: “Dream Machine”

Attend the Walden carnival in the Growing Field and come face to face with Nightingale’s wondrous Dream Machine. This magical dream machine shows children how to dream big and how to make them come true as important leadership principles. Leadership elements: dreams, goals, goal verbalization, commitment, practice, work ethic, and responsibility.

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

Dream Machine is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Summer Reading List: “Magic Mountain”

Determined to be the first to climb the fabled and ever-changing Magic Mountain, Mitch sets out to reach the elusive summit. As he and his colorful companion encounter rock slides and ravines designed to prevent them from reaching the top, Mitch learns about focus, fear, commitment…and himself. In so doing, he gains treasure beyond anything he’d imagined. Come learn the secret to summit your Magic Mountain called life!

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

Magic Mountain is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Summer Reading List: “Treasure Island”

Prepare to get wet as you embark on a magical boat ride through this Growing Field adventure where personal responsibility is the leadership message. With the help of Nightingale, Pete learns to adjust the “set of his sail” to successfully navigate wind, rocks, rain…and life!

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

Treasure Island is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Summer Reading List: “Field of Dreams”

In search of her grandparents’ fabled Field of Dreams, Dusty sets out with her new friend Gus to find a place where she can plant her own spectacular “Seeds of Success.” Nightingale once again works magic to show two willing farmers that goals and hard work are the tools necessary to create a beautiful Field of Dreams—anywhere. Welcome to the Growing Field. Let your journey continue.

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

Field of Dreams is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.