CORN CAVE SERIES
Written and Illustrated by Zona Crabtree
The books of the CORN CAVE SERIES are fiction and suitable for any age reader. There is a sketch at
the beginning of each chapter. The story takes place in the early 1700's, and begins in what is now Kentucky.
Little Bear was the one who found the girl
and helped her escape from the white trappers. His brother and another young brave got the job of taking her home. Three young
people started out across the wilderness. Could they survive both the perils of nature and the ruthless white men looking
First book in the Corn Cave Series. 115 pages. $8
Gray Wolf is having disturbing, prophetic dreams involving people he doesn't know.
Wolf and Otter need to get back home. Friends offer to help them back across the big river, but another journey must
be made first, and they end up in the camp of white traders. Will Wolf's spirit guide work for him in this unknown territory?
From Writer's Digest: This well-written
and presented book interestingly and gently led me into the story until I didnt want to put it down. I love the author's
choice of names: Wolf, Otter, Laughing Fox, Dove, Tall Grass. Zona Crabtree has certainly done her research and
is to be commended for putting it all together in such a stylish little book.
Second book of the series. 155 pages. $8
White Dove promised to wait for Gray Wolf, but Tall Grass is intent
on winning her. As Dove studies with Old Mother, the village healer, she feels Wolf's spirit guide watching over her.
While Dove takes over the healing of the village, Tall Grass does everything he can to change Dove's mind about him, including
putting himself and the people in danger.
From Writer's Digest: This
is a delightful story by Zona Crabtree, well-written and interestingly illustrated. The author is to be commended for
putting together such interesting facts that will no doubt entertain many a young person. In this way, they may learn
social history without it being boring. There are good descriptions of native ways. I particularly liked White
Dove. She sounds like a lovely person who will grow into a wise woman-- no doubt following the steps of Old Mother.
Third book of the series. 216 pages $8
Wolf promised to return for White Dove, but must help his people move their village. Finally starting back, he has only his
horse and a young wolf to help him overcome the obstacles he encounters. Reaching Dove's village he has an even bigger
problem. Will they ever be able to start their life together?
From Writer's Digest:
This is another gentle read with lots of information. I particularly liked the way the author brought this book
to a satisfactory conclusion.
Fourth book of the series. 184 pages. $8
The books are 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches, perfect bound.
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OWL HOLLOW BOOKS
This series started out to be just one book. It was inspired by a cave near Horse Branch, Kentucky.
Although I grew up in Texas, my parents were from Kentucky. We went back to visit relatives in the summers as often
as possible. When I was six years old a cousin took me to a cave on my aunt and uncle's farm. To a six year
old everything is big, but one could see the back of the cave. The cave was all rock, and one of the most interesting
things about it was the ground out, bowl shaped area in the floor near the front. Evidently, the Indians had used it
for grinding their grain for many seasons. In the 60's, Western Kentucky Parkway went through the middle of my uncle's
farm. I thought the cave had been completely destroyed. Several years ago my husband and I visited back there
and found out the cave was still there, although some rocks had fallen. We hiked down, but could not find the grinding
area. Still, the seed was planted. I came home and started a book based around the cave. The story took
wings of its own and became a series: The Corn Cave Series.
Comment by Frankie Boyer about an uncoming
interview on her
Lifestyle Talk Show
on April 27:
I will also interview with Zona
Crabtree author of The Gray Wolf .The author uses a cave as a base from which she delves into an adventure story
of Native Americans, white trappers, and kindred animal spirits. Gray Wolf carries the mystique of double meaning including
the main character and his spirit guide. People of all ages won’t be able to put the books down as their imagination
ignites with visions of the early frontier days.