Rebecca Matthews Vorkapich
Much like the children in Rebecca’s debut middle-grade novel, THE CHILDREN OF HORSESHOE HIDEOUT, she was born in a small town in southeast Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi. She spent nearly twenty years in sunny Phoenix, AZ, designing and programming systems for the airline industry, but eventually returned to the shady comfort of her hometown where she writes and illustrates children’s books, paints, throws pottery and sometimes dabbles in stained glass. She is the mother of sons, Matthew and Bryan, and grandmother to Natalie, Liam, Brittany and Brianna.
The Children of Horseshoe Hideout
Three orphans risk everything to escape their evil aunt, but is living on their own putting them in worse danger?
Life with evil Aunt Olga has gone from very bad to worse for eleven-year-old Hannah and her brothers, so now Hannah must make a tough decision. She knows she can't ask for help. Olga has continually warned them that if they dare complain about her, they will be put in separate foster homes. Above all else, they have to stay together. But Hannah is protective of her younger brothers and can't bear to see them hurt another day. The only way out is to run!
They pack up their meager belongings, more food than Olga ever allowed them, and run away to a world of freedom and adventure. But with only each other to rely on, can they survive all the dangers ahead?
A page-turner for ages 8-12, or for any fan of The Boxcar Children, The Penderwicks, Small as an Elephant, or Mandy.
The Children of Horseshoe Hideout in Family Trees
A new home, new adventures, and new trials await Hannah, Wes, and Jamie in this long-anticipated sequel to THE CHILDREN OF HORSESHOE HIDEOUT.
As Hannah and her brothers begin to thrive in the security and good fortune of their new life, they watch as friend, Birk, seems to be losing everything that he holds dear. To make matters worse, Hannah is certain her family is to blame. Friendships and families are put to the test in this story of a boy's heartfelt struggle to hold on to the life and land he has always known and loved.
For readers of all ages, this heart-warming tale includes fun facts about Christmas tree farms, crinoids, and more! Fifteen illustrations included. Though enjoyable on its own, you'll want to start at the beginning of the adventure with book one, THE CHILDREN OF HORSESHOE HIDEOUT.