New Book Is Jack Page’s Legacy for Both His Children and Grandchildren

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‘The Heart of the Watermelon’ contains the hilarious, exciting and insightful adventures of the author when he was still a child.

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Author Jack Page believes that, “An earnest effort that ends in failure can be a learning experience” – that best sums up his life and experiences from his teenage years. Page eventually used this as impetus to write “The Heart of the Watermelon”, a narrative that retells the rich, outlandish yet insightful experiences he had while growing up. It is about a young Jack Page who was given the liberty, with a few cautionary rules, to follow his heart.

As a youngster growing up in a small textile community, Belmont, NC, Page was exposed to a wide variety of experiences. His mother’s only rules for him were, “Be home for meals”, and “Don’t disgrace the family”. This gave him the freedom to explore his world, which he really did. After his father died, when he was twelve years of age, the author spent three summers on his uncle’s tobacco farm in South Carolina. It was a time which gave him important lessons in economics, sociology, and human nature.

Sharing his many antics due to the somewhat lenient rules of his family, Page shares how he saw things through in his contretemps as a school principal’s son, a tobacco farmer, and a grandmother who has come to town to “straighten Jack out!” With additions of hilarious yet meaningful moments during his stay at his uncle’s farm, Page’s story is proof that failure can sometimes lead to a person’s successful future.

Having both parents as educators who know when to “step on the gas” and “when to put on the brakes”, Page learned important virtues which he wants both parents and children to learn as well through his story. Through “The Heart of the Watermelon,” he recounts how he and his siblings were left alone to work out their lives and how, much to the amazement of their neighbors, most of them became highly successful adults.

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About the Author
Jack Page was born on September, 10, 1932 to parents who are both educators. Page studied at Belmont High School, Belmont, NC in his high school years and proceeded to take his BS at the Appalachian State University. After his graduation, he continued to seek for academic credits and obtained an MEd for counselling from the University of Florida. Page taught the seventh grade for four years and became a counselor for thirty years. The author is married to Gearl Dean Russell, has three children and six grandchildren.

The Heart of the Watermelon * by Jack Page
Publication Date: December 20, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 151 pages; 978-1-4931-5446-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 151 pages; 978-1-4931-5447-0
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-5448-7

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