New Book Tells Story of a Boy Left in the Dark Amidst a Stormy Night

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Author Mary Grace tells the story of Johnno who finds himself in an uncompromising situation inside a dark barn searching for his calf amidst a night full of thunder, lightning and an impending storm

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Darkness as a symbol lends itself to multiple interpretations. It can be a metaphor for evil and death but also it can be viewed as a symbol of peace, silence, rest, and comfort. But how does one maintain his/her composure and overcome fear of darkness? In A Very Dark Night, author Mary Grace tells the story of a young boy who finds himself in an uncompromising situation inside a dark barn searching for his calf amidst a night full of thunder, lightning and an impending storm.

Johnno is a young boy who lives on a farm with his mother, father and two older sisters. It was always his chore to feed his calf named Poppy before he went to bed. Poppy’s mother had died giving birth so it was Johnno who took the task of raising the calf. Poppy is of Hereford breed and Johnno is confident that it will grow into a champion heifer.

While in a state of daydream, a loud noise erupted from the pines and Johnno was quickly awakened. His heart was racing. He doesn’t know what’s going on. The wind whistled through the trees near the barn. A sudden flash of lightning lit up the path that leads down past the barn and on towards the hay shed, followed by a loud clap of thunder. What could be in the barn? Could it be haunted? Is there a thief lurking in the darkness? Will Johnno’s parents hear his cries for help if something awful happened to him?

With A Very Dark Night, readers are in for some chill and thrill as well as unsuspected surprises along the way as Johnno search for his calf Poppy in the barn. More than anything else, this children’s story will teach everyone to always maintain composure and to overcome fears if faced upon an uncompromising situation brought about by the absence of light.

This book will be featured at the Pennsylvania School Library Association Book Exhibit in Hershey, Pa. on April 12-14, 2012.

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A Very Dark Night * by Mary Grace
Publication Date: May 4, 2012
Picture Book; $34.99; 28 pages; 978-1-4691-6842-5

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