Me, Darst, and Alley Oop is many things--a romp, an adventure, an odyssey, a coming of age tale, but mostly it is great good fun. A true story that frames the summer of 1964, it relates the cross country journey of two young men in their borrowed car, a hobbled and cobbled 1946 Dodge named Alley Oop. Darst and Riggs, a mismatched pair of fraternity brothers from Indiana University, have little in common but the desire to leave it all behind and hit the open road for the golden shores of California, and the bouncing beach bunnies and boundless good times they hope to find there. Little do they know what hazards lies ahead or what it will take in resilience and fortitude, conflict and compromise, to make their dream come true. From the first day on, as they leave home and comfort behind with no cell phone or credit card and a hundred dollars between them in a car lately driven to its death, they are at odds with the elements and each other and can only succeed by forging ahead. Because, to return is to admit defeat, and thus cast a shadow over all future journeys of faith. Told simply with wit and humor, Me, Darst, and Alley Oop takes an unvarnished look at the travelers, the journey, and the people they meet along their way. Its lessons come as revelations. With each new challenge, each new fork in the road, each new mountain high and valley low, Darst and Riggs learn a little more about themselves and each other, and the marvelous goodhearted country they are crossing. Never again will they undertake such a journey. Never again will the stars align. Its either make or break with no points given for a nice try.
In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Especially for inner-city black kids like Derrick Bowen. He's a 6'3" freshman, lightning quick, and he can slam the rock. He wants to start at point guard for Marion High, but senior Nick Starks has that nailed down. Besides, the coach is old school. He thinks D-Bow needs to work on his game, his shot, and his attitude. That means bench time. And that's when Hamilton Academy, the elite school in the suburbs, comes sniffing around. They want D-Bow for the next three years. His mom wants no part of that. But his father needs a job, and Uncle Kid, who is a bitter ex-star at Marion High, has his own plans. Yeah, there's a pretty girl and a best friend in the mix. Plus plenty of basketball action and suspense just like high school boys like to read. Kevin Waltman, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, was a high school player and remains a huge basketball fan. Next is his third YA novel. His first two, both from Scholastic, are Nowhere Fast (2002) and Learning the Game (2005). Kevin is an instructor at the University of Alabama where he lives with his wife Jessica, their daughter Calla, and their dog Henry.
Set in mythical Rock County, Indiana, home of The Festival and its world famous covered bridges, Rock Creek is a morally tale that pits good against evil, while exploring all of the gray areas in between. When Sean Morgan's first love and high school sweetheart is brutally raped and murdered, he returns home from his year long sabbatical to a hostile welcome and the nightmare of living without her. At first unable to cope, he begins a downward spiral that nearly costs him his life, before he recovers to begin an eight year odyssey that takes him from “deranged hippie” to Sheriff of Rock County in the search for her killer. That search will involve three talented, beautiful women who will hold his feet to the fire; the Rock Creek Stalker, a local legend and a threat to all who enter his domain; and a path of betrayal and deceit that can only end on the killer's terms. As Sean Morgan soon learns, it's hard to trust anyone, including those you love, when he or she has her own secrets to hide, and misplaced trust can lead you everywhere you don't want to go, including the jaws of death.
much madness is the eighteenth and final book in the Garth Ryland mystery series, which has taken him from the graves of Navoe Cemetery to the wilds of Mitchells Woods to the cave of Matatomah to the edge of Wamplers pit, and in and out of the arms of some of Oakallas most beautiful, intriguing, and dangerous women. Called an exemplary series hero by Publishers Weekly, Ryland lives and works in the small town of Oakalla, Wisconsin (Lake Woebegone made sinister), where passions run high and secrets go deep and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems. When Larry Pug Hanson, former basketball star and current small-business owner, suddenly left town without a backward glance, all in Oakalla assumed it was to escape the cloud of scandal then hanging over him. But when his skeleton turns up in the root cellar of Rylands farm on a bright mid-March day ten years later, it raises the question of whether he ever left town at all. Ryland has gone to the farm in the hope that it might provide a suitable home for Abby Airhart and him, following their marriage in July. What he finds, along with Pug Hansons skeleton, is the realization that not only is the farm not suitable, but he doesnt want to live there anyway. Hed rather live in town, exactly where he is now living, but not in the company of both Ruth, his longtime housekeeper and confidant, and Abby. On his way home from the farm, Ryland picks up a tail that continues to shadow him in the days ahead with ever-increasing menace, as Ryland, with Abbys invaluable assistance, first has to identify Pugs skeleton and then determine who, if anyone, killed him and why. He does all this while at the same time trying not to arouse anyones suspicion into the nature of his investigation and while solving his own personal dilemma of where he and Abby are eventually going to live. In this ever-deadly game of cat and mouse against an adversary who is as ruthless as he (or she) is unpredictable, Ryland again dives beneath the surface calm of his beloved Oakalla to reveal an underbelly of violence and deceit that swallows all who swim there, even, and especially, those innocents who put their lives and trust in the wrong hands. However, it is not misguided trust but obstinance that leads Ryland too much into the melee and to the brink of his own death.