The Black Alabaster Box, Book 1 of The Last Crystal trilogy • Auctus Publishers • 1 March 2018

ISBN-10: 0997960744 (hardcover) • ISBN-13: 978-0997960747 (paperback)

ASIN: B07B6FRBYQ (Kindle edition)

Book Summary: Kidnapped by fellow travelers on the Santa Fe Trail, young Grace Willis escapes, finding help in unlikely places, discovering that there really is such a thing as magic, and there are some things only a child can do. Targeted to middle grade and above, the book is for anyone who is interested in the Great Westward Migration, Frontier and Pioneer life, and the Santa Fe Trail with a bit of magic thrown into the mix. 

Author Bio: After teaching elementary school for a dozen years, Frances Schoonmaker directed the graduate elementary and middle school teacher education program at Teachers College, Columbia University for nearly twenty years, drawing heavily on children’s literature and storytelling. Publications for children include five books in the Sterling Poetry for Young People series and Growing Up Caring, Values And Decision-Making (Glencoe/Macmillan).

Schoonmaker draws on her background of growing up in rural Oklahoma to furnish vivid details of place and context. As a child she was fascinated by stories told by pioneer grandparents and exploring the remains of the dugout where her mother was born. The Black Alabaster Box she makes room for both fact and fancy.   

Schoonmaker has taught, lectured, and consulted internationally. She holds degrees from The University of Washington; George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University; and Teachers College, Columbia University. Upon retirement she was awarded the title of Professor Emerita. She resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her family.

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