Thank You to the following people and groups for their help on these book.

Rick White
Ethan Phelps
John Romano
David Milne
Lorine Hagar
Bill Schrieber
Diane Kemble
Sharlene McEachern
Joan Sharpe
Monica Light
and many more!

Invasion on the Mountain

Invasion on the Mountain is the first of a series of three books set in 1933, 1934, and 1935-36 based on the author's solid historical research, familiarity with the region, and imagined young protagonist. Twelve year old Will Ryan, in the spring of 1933, learns he must share his beloved Ascutney Mountain with the young men of the 129th Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps. This invasion turns out, through many adventures, to benefit both Will and his new CCC friends. The specific corpsmen who become his friends are also imaginary - but their tasks, travails, and stories are actual details and anecdotes from Ascutney and other CCC camps. Includes historic photos of the camp, road building, and the terrain.

The narrative is followed by: short essays on the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the corpsman's album from which photos have been chosen to illustrate the book; and eight Topics and Questions for Discussion focused on issues in the book.





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REVIEWS SO FAR:

BOOK LOVER on Amazon

Invasion on the Mountain was a fascinating book to read. I never knew much about the CCC, let alone their work in Vermont. The storyline of the book was riveting, teaching historical facts pleasantly blended with a superb story, effortlessly teaching history in a delightful manner. This is the first book in series of three, and I can't wait to read the others - especially if they are as good as this one!

ANONYMOUS on Amazon

WE LOVED THIS BOOK!! MY HUSBAND READ IT TO OUR 8 YEAR OLD TWIN BOYS FOR THEIR BED TIME STORY....THEY HUNG ON EVERY WORD!! THEY KEPT BEGGING FOR JUST ONE MORE PAGE BEFORE BED. NOW MY HUSBAND WANTS TO CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN....HE IS GOING TO TAKE THE BOYS. A GREAT READ.

JEANNIE LINDHEIM on Amazon

I never knew anything about Mt. Ascutney and it was fascinating in this book. I love the pictures and the story line is interesting and held my attention. The story had suspense, drama and excitement and I highly recommend this book!

Middle Grade Historical Fiction

The second of the trilogy on the Civilian Conservation Corps and Will Ryan. A dangerous wildfire on Ascutney Mountain, an unexpected blizzard, secrets from the past, and the new girl at school are just some of the challenges facing Will
Middle Grade Historical Fiction
Subtitled "The Adventures of Will Ryan and the Civilian Conservation Corps, this is the first of three books starring Will Ryan and his friends in the CCC. See full description by clicking on the title "Invasion...."
Final book in the "Will and the CCC" series on the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Ascutney CCC company finishes the road to the top of the mountain, Will saves the lives of hikers and a house about to be consumed by fire, he tours Coolidge State Park. Will and Carrie, nearing the end of high school and readying for college, realize their friendship has grown into something they want to last the rest of their livestrilogy
Children’s Historical
“The narrator’s undimmed enthusiasm for new sights and experiences lends rare immediacy...”
--Booklist
Non-Fiction, Adult, Psychology
This is a book about survival - of trauma, of the beliefs and defenses we form around that hurt, and how we can change ourselves and our lives for fulfillment and happiness.
Middle School/High School History
“Provides a glimpse into the struggles Hudson and his men met...[a] sense of immediacy and life!”
--Children’s Literature Review