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In 1988, John KixMiller began telling his daughter Lea and his son Geoffrey an epic bedtime story, an adventure that arose out of his own love for classic children’s literature like Kidnapped, Treasure Island, Peter Pan, and C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books. The tale was a search for treasure and enlightenment in a wholly-invented realm, centered on a village called Middletown.
Fourteen years later, when Lea went off to college, she presented her father with a box of tapes she’d found in her room, on which were the first three volumes of the story and lots more. John began transcribing the tapes and crafting a trilogy of young adult novels from the material.
John worked as a director at the Center for Family Life in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, offering games, social life and services in a protected community plaza. He now runs gardening activities for children after school. As an artist, John has also been a weaver of tapestries and a carver of woodcuts. This novel combines his social outlook with his love of intricacy, adventure, and detail.