Children's Author Event: John Norton - Eva's Secret Name

Eva Norton, age twelve, homesteading in Colorado meets Buckskin Charlie, age fourteen, the son of the chief of the Soto Band of Indians. Their friendship builds trust between the families and shows ways to blend the two cultures.

Louis Annance, a leading Abenaki Indian from Maine, says, “…it took two centuries and two bright kids to bring our cultures together. Norton’s book has found a way to celebrate the differences.”

The series begins in the front range of the Rocky Mountains in the Colorado Territory and ends at the 1878 Paris World’s Fair. These gentle books have no superheroes, no space aliens and no gratuitous violence. Just two families living in a very difficult environment solving problems and learning and trusting each other.


Author Bio:

John Norton is a Maine native. "Maine has long winters," Norton said in a recent interview. "Those long winters breed storytellers. The stories often stray from the truth, but most good tales do." 

As a scientist and executive, Norton was not able to exercise his storytelling. "There is little room for these tales on balance sheets and progress reports," he quipped. Norton spent a decade on the antique show circuit, "Here I had unlimited opportunities to yarn and tell tall tales," he said with a twinkle in his eyes. "And I took full advantage." 

John has two granddaughters who live in Colorado. He lives on the East Coast. Eva, at 8 years old, was enjoying chapter books. "Perhaps I can write down one of my tales," Norton thought, "And use this as a way to stay connected to the girls." And so it happened. "The Adventures of Eva and Buckskin Charlie" started as one book and ended as six. The books are set in the early 1870's in the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. 





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Event date: 
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
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