Welcome to the neighborhood!
Meet Jack, Ellison, Roger, and Ruthie (and Midge!) — friends who live on ordinary streets but have not-so-ordinary adventures.
Tree Street Kids, the series
The Tree Street Kids live on Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Pine … but their 1990s suburban neighborhood isn’t all quiet, tree-lined streets. Jack, Ellison, Roger, Ruthie (and Midge!) find adventure in every creek and cul-de-sac — and God’s big love in one small neighborhood.
The first two books in this four-book middle grade series, ages 8-10, released from Moody Publishers in April 2021.
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Jack vs. the Tornado ORDER NOW
When you move to the suburbs, there are some things you just can’t pack—like your grandparents (for obvious reasons) and the best hayloft fort in the world. But Jack Finch has a plan to get himself back to his beloved farmhouse forever. Only three things stand in his way: a neighbor in need, a major discovery, and tornado season.
The Hunt for Fang ORDER NOW
Jack and his friends learn some survival skills at the church’s summer camp. They’ll need them! Determined to find Ruthie’s lost cat and protect Jack’s new puppy from Fang, the local wildlife, the kids head deep into the woods. Just when they think they’ve cornered the “enemy,” the kids realize someone else has gone missing.
Coming in Summer 2022 . . .
Book 3, Lions to the Rescue!
If getting tackled is the best way to make new friends, that’s okay with Jack. After all, starting fifth grade at a new school is even rougher than pee wee football. But how can he join the Lions and help Ellison build the Most Epic Bookmobile Bike Ever? Jack devises the perfect game plan–until he fumbles it with the most epic bike crash ever and a game day disaster.
Book 4, Mystery in Crooked Creek Woods
Something fishy is going on in Crooked Creek Woods. Does it have anything to do with the weird lights coming from Ruthie’s neighbor’s yard? Or are the kids’ imaginations running away with them? After all, Jack and Ellison have been hard at work writing a mystery. The Tree Street Kids decide to investigate. Not only do they discover what’s been hidden for centuries in the woods, they also learn about placing their trust in the adults who love and care for them . . . but not before placing themselves in peril.
Is this “clean” fiction?
This is a term being used a lot with juvenile fiction. The easiest way to define this is to compare “clean” to a PG/G-rated movie. By that definition, my books are G-rated. (Although, I recently saw the MILD PERIL warning on Disney’s Nutcracker, and I’m all in with that.) I write from a Christian perspective, and although the faith of some of the characters is an obvious part of their lives, my hope is that these stories of friendship will also appeal to kids of different faith traditions and backgrounds.