Mrs. Parsley loves to tell stories to children. In her little house in Okafor, Florida, she writes them herself. Then, in a twist from her own past, Mrs. Parsley and her young friend Terence go on an adventure to rescue children held captive at the Mossel’s farm deep in the Big Cypress Swamp. Down the Blue Pole Road, across the Midnight Ferry, past the Milky White Magnolia Trail, and through the Crossing of the Gnome, magic, danger, and a wee bit of fun await them as they carry out their mission.
Dovey Declair is troubled by her recent dreams, as if someone or something is trying to communicate with her. After reading an article in a local Tulsa newspaper about the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, she feels an immediate draw to the event and wonders if this is connected to her dreams. As her visions grow more intense, her Aunt Lorraine explains that Dovey has a type of second sight called "crow's eye. Dovey's dreams turn to visions and then to something even more disturbing. Across time, she learns firsthand what savagery happened in the heart of Black Wall Street and her life takes a very dangerous twist. When Dovey hears the tragic story of the murder of William and Dorothea Grant on that awful day, she realizes that her mission has been foretold, laid out, and set in history. It's all part of the journey Dovey must survive in order to find the oak tree in her visions and uncover a brutal secret from one of the city's darkest days.
Mrs. Parsley is a master story teller and this first collection shows that she always works hard to tell tales that are entertaining, informative, and a little off the beaten path. From alligators to ghosts, From bears to sprites. Like the Big Cypress Swamp itself, Mrs. Parsley reflects the wild and often unpredictable nature of the plants, animals, and other magical creatures that inhabit this hidden and often misunderstood world. Not your usual fairy tales, Mrs. Parsley's stories are meant to be shared with an audience who loves the unknown and the unheard of, the strange and the humorous. It's all part of the magic of storytelling. And sometimes, as Mrs. Parsley herself has learned, the magic is real.
It's 1970 and 18-year-old Howie White, who has lived most of his life at Good Shepherd Home for Children in northeast Tennessee, must leave and find his own way in the world. But having lived for fifteen years in a very well ordered religious and social environment, Howie discovers what that real world is really like: complex, odd, sometimes dangerous.