Author Romey Atchley Shares an Endearing Tale of Friendship and Family in New Book

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"From the Alaskan Wilderness: The Adventures of Barefoot and Boofoot" follows a boy who explores his relationship with the earth and his adventures with the animals.

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When Barefoot is awakened in the middle of the night by his friend Butternut, a clumsy squirrel, he embarks on a mission to help rescue the cantankerous Grandpa Beaver. His excursion, however, turns into a struggle for his own life when Barefoot falls into an icy river. Boofoot, an injured caribou on a journey to rejoin his herd, unwittingly saves Barefoot’s life and takes him to the cabin of a mysterious woodsman—Piquat Pearcrumb, a legendary figure who writes poems and doctors grizzly bears. When wolves stalk Barefoot on his way back home, he must depend on his newfound friend, Boofoot, to save his life once again.

From the Alaskan Wilderness: The Adventures of Barefoot and Boofoot” offers a look into an alternative lifestyle more in harmony with the natural world, through the depictions of a child living a traditional, nature-oriented life in modern times. This book is about a boy who explores his relationship with the earth through his adventures with the animals around him, spending all his free time running amongst the woods, learning the simple yet profound lessons that nature imparts.

Barefoot is an 8-year-old boy living in a cabin in the wilderness of Alaska with his parents. Through his adventures, children can relate to his connection with nature and experience the struggles and rewards of living in such a challenging environment. Boofoot is Barefoot’s philosophical caribou friend who teaches him much about life in the wilderness through their trials together. Piquat Pearcrumb is a legendary woodsman who befriends Barefoot when he helps save his life. He is a colorful character who has much in common with Barefoot, such as his ability to talk with the animals around him. Piquat imbues the story with magic, mystery, and humor.

Living off the land where wild creatures roam is still romanticized much these days by children and adults alike. Barefoot and Boofoot illustrates such a vision of wilderness living, allowing readers to experience this life vicariously through the eyes of a child, full of innocence and curiosity. Besides embodying the essence of why people fall in love with Alaska, this book also captures the spirit of what it is to be a child running around on his own for the first time, exploring life, bringing readers back to that time in all of their lives when they are filled with a sense of wonder and adventure. “From the Alaskan Wilderness: The Adventures of Barefoot and Boofoot” will definitely appeal to the child in everyone, bringing alive the mystery of life and a yearning for those simple times when the world was unknown and fascinating.

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About the Author

For fourteen of her past nineteen years in Alaska, Romey Atchley has lived with her husband, David, and two sons in the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge, a remote natural wilderness area in the center of the state. Living two hundred miles from the nearest road, with no schools, doctors, grocery stores, or other families nearby, she has had to take care of herself and her family with no one else to depend on, which has included learning to grow a versatile garden; fish, gather, and hunt food for her family; trap animals and tan hides for clothes; home school her two sons (one of whom has already graduated); build cabins; work on engines; mill lumber; make a boat; and all kinds of other activities relating to subsistence. She has kept a daily journal of her life, for most of her time in Alaska, part of which she has turned into a memoir about moving to the wilderness and living there for her first year. She has also written poems, short stories, and songs related to her life. An avid photographer, Romey has been keeping a photo journal of nature, wildlife and her subsistence activities. Using pen and ink, she draws the woods and animals around her and has done illustrations for her book “SPRING… In Which Barefoot Meets Boofoot”. She is currently writing a second book for her “Adventures of Barefoot and Boofoot” series and working closely with her husband, who is writing his second novel as well.

From the Alaskan Wilderness:The Adventures of Barefoot and Boofoot* by Romey Atchley
Spring In Which Barefoot Meets Boofoot
Publication Date: August 22, 2013
Picture Book; $16.99; 40 pages; 978-1-4836-5689-2
Picture Book Hardcover; $22.99; 40 pages; 978-1-4836-5690-8
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-5691-5

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