Kids of Grizzly Flats Teach Fun Ways to Handle Conflict

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Children's adventure genre gets rehabilitated by author's debut book

Grizzly Flats is a typical yet non-typical small town. Joe, Timmy, Jane, and Alice have adventures that are planned but seem always to go awry. They hear about a valley called Deaf Valley and plan a day trip there only to discover that the valley is really deaf. Then they decide to build a clubhouse in a huge heritage oak tree, but the feud between Timmy and Butch literally explodes. Readers will follow along as they discover a miner's cabin with a real treasure map and find Indian ruins. As pair of Grizzly bears chases them, the feud begins escalating to a surprise solution. Dale Deane Hardy's A Futile Feud: A Grizzly Flats Novel (paperback, 978-1-60477-527-3) has a little bit of everything that you might experience in the mountains around this small town--adventure, excitement, and action.

Destined to be a page-turner for years to come, Hardy's book fills a much-needed niche in the Christian children's adventure genre. Says the author, "I hope (readers) will learn how to handle conflict in a fun way. The reason is because conflict between people is an epidemic. (My hope is that they will) have an adventure of the imagination while learning something along the way."

In the same way that Thomas Costain read thousands of books before he wrote one, Hardy devoured the works of influential authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Gilbert Morris, and John Donaldson before attempting his own. After working with children all of his life, the Christian children's adventure genre seemed the natural choice for him. A Futile Feud is a compilation of the stories he has been telling to children on a regular basis and, he says, "I had to experience most of the stuff in this book the hard way."

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 4,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order A Futile Feud through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors.

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