The Fire in Thunder Hollow by Dan Barnwell

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he Fire in Thunder Hollow is the second book of the Thunder Hollow series. The owls have prospered under the protection of Brownie, the golden eagle. The hollow is filled with the home trees of the owls. As the good times continue, the morals of the owls begin to slip. The young are not as well taught about social behavior. They begin to create problems for themselves. Soon, the younger owls have a secret hiding place and a charismatic young leader. The young leader wants to start a new community which would be ruled by him. When the young owls’ plans are discovered, they return to Thunder Hollow and settle down, all except the power-hungry young leader. Angry over his rejection, he sets fire to Thunder Hollow, destroying it. Only a few owls survive the fire by flying away. They fly so far that they cannot find their way home. Brownie, the eagle spends every summer searching for them, growing old and discouraged as the years roll by. The owls, living in a dismal swamp, are losing their memories of Thunder Hollow. Will Brownie find the owls before he dies of old age, or will the owls pay the ultimate price for their rebellious ways?

About Dan Barnwell

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Dan Barnwell is the seventh son in a family of twelve children. His father died when he was seven years old, leaving the family a small farm on the rocky side of Crooked Mountain just east of Jacksonville, Alabama. Dan’s childhood was spent in abject poverty, but it was not an unhappy childhood. His mother taught the family to hope for a better day no matter what the present circumstances happened to be. Dan was able to keep the joy in his brothers’ and sisters’ lives by continually entertaining and encouraging them with original stories and poems. He never saw his family as poor folks. He saw them as future champions in life. Through this book, the second Thunder Hollow book, he continues the saga of the owl community. He creates new friends and new lessons which readers both young and old may use during the course of a lifetime. The message he sends through his tales has never changed. Believe in yourself. Do what is right. Dan still lives on the rocky hillside just up the road from the old house that he called his home when he was a child.  
Published November 10, 2006 by AuthorHouse. 124 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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