The Last Crystal Trilogy
The Last Crystal Trilogy spans a period of 100 years.
It begins on the Santa Fe Trail in the late 1850s. I've always loved the history of things and reading books that create imaginative worlds. In the Trilogy, there is room for fact and fancy.
The Trilogy started backward. We were visiting family in Sacramento when I learned that my Uncle-in-Law, Frank, had made a train trip every summer to visit grandparents. His father worked for the railroad. So he and his little brother were put on the train to travel from Missouri to California alone. All sorts of possibilities came to mind. Book 3, written first, begins on the Santa Fe Chief Train during World War II. Book 1, The Black Alabaster Box begins on the Santa Fe Trail in 1856. The Red Abalone Shell takes place in between—during World War I.
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The Black Alabaster Box, Book 1 in The Last Crystal Trilogy
Cover Copy: It had been quiet along the Santa Fe Trail for more than a year when the Stokes Company set out for California in the early 1840s, the Willis family among them. A reluctant traveler, twelve-year-old Grace Willis longs for her fortunate, safe and comfortable life at home. Just as she is learning to negotiate life on the trail, Grace is kidnapped by fellow travellers and taken into Oklahoma Territory. She must decide if she will cave in to despair or muster the courage to run away and search for her parents. Grace finds help in unlikely places. She discovers that there really is such a thing as magic and there are some things only a child can do.
You can read more about the development of the book by scrolling down the Menu to the section “Teachers and Parents.” There you will find a section called “Santa Fe Trail.” You can find even more on my author's blog: https://fourleavesandtales.blog