Wendy Varble’s New Young Adult Novel Brings Depression-era Southern California to Life

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A group of boys find adventure and mystery in the Santa Susana Mountains in ‘The Pisgah Grande 1936’.

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A boy and his friends unwittingly become entangled in an adult world filled with secrets, confusion and deceit in Wendy Varble’s new young adult thriller. - “The Pisgah Grande 1936”

A boy and his friends unwittingly become entangled in an adult world filled with secrets, confusion and deceit in Wendy Varble’s new young adult thriller, “The Pisgah Grande 1936” (published by Archway Publishing).

Set in Southern California circa 1936, “The Pisgah Grande 1936” follows the adventures of 8-year-old Johnny and three of his friends, each with very unique personalities. On Halloween night, the boys embark on an innocent adventure to explore a small, abandoned village in the Santa Susana Mountains known as the Pisgah Grande. When night falls, they experience a terrifying encounter that transforms their exciting adventure into dark mystery that begs to be solved. The book follows their efforts to solve the mystery and highlights the harsh realities of Depression-era life.

Varble believes that her book will resonate with today’s readers. “The sharp contrast between society today and that of the era described in the book is revelatory for today’s young contemporary reader and makes a strong case for the positive effects of strong family and community ties, a strong work ethic and a determination to see a task through to the very end.”

“The Pisgah Grande 1936”
By Wendy Varble
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781480802438
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781480802414
E-Book | ISBN 9781480802421
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Wendy Varble was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1952 and has lived in Simi Valley, Calif., for more than 50 years. She spent her childhood riding horseback in many of the locations described in “The Pisgah Grande 1936.” She lived on a cattle ranch with her husband, John Varble, for 35 years and enjoys studying local history, reading, writing, drawing and spending time with friends and family. She is also the author of “The Summer Of 1934.” More information is available at http://www.thesummerof1934.com.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit http://www.archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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