Tales of Larkin: Hawthorn's Discovery
Hawthorn’s Discovery details the life-and-death struggles of three tribes of one-inch tall people against giant predators and each other in non-stop adventure. The coming-of-age Hawthorn is ruthlessly captured by cruel enemy Renegades. Miraculously rescued by mysterious benefactors, they return him to health and volunteer to aid him rescue his still-captive friends from the deadly slave mines. More
Imagine hiking through a quiet forest with a hawk circling above the leafy boughs, beetles crawling across a log, a lizard darting under a fallen leaf, everything peaceful and serene—unless you are an inch tall. Then ants are the size of bulldogs and many times stronger; spiders become giant monsters; snakes are as big and threatening as a freight train barreling off the tracks, and lizards are dragons running amuck.
Hawthorn’s Discovery is the story of Hawthorn, a young Larkin who is a member of a tribe of one inch tall people, facing these very threats in the forest. Sixteen year old Hawthorn has gone on his first hunt with other warriors from his tribe to supply the clan with the winter’s kill of the giant mooflon (field mouse). He never imagines what an unforgettable journey it will be. After the successful hunt, the warriors are attacked by Renegades, brutal enemies who steal their hard-won quarry and capture Hawthorn and his friends to work in their slave mines. Separated from his friends, badly injured, and left to die on a red ant nest, Hawthorn is dramatically rescued—by someone he can’t identify from a tribe of which he has never heard. While recovering from his injuries, Hawthorn is bewildered by this new society’s total commitment to obeying its god. They seek the Maker’s will in all they do, pray about all their needs, and actively love their enemies. Through the Maker’s answers to their faithful prayers, their culture is advanced beyond that of the Larkin or the Renegades.
The story reaches its exciting climax as Hawthorn and his Makerian friends enter the Renegade stronghold in a daring rescue of Hawthorn’s friends from the Renegade slave mines.
Tales of Larkin: Hawthorn’s Discovery is a book straight out of family story time. One evening Alan Harris remembered a tale he had started once upon a time, and dug it out to read to his kids. They loved it, but the story was only a few chapters long, and they clamored for more. It took the busy veterinarian seven years to finish the first volume of Tales of Larkin. But his children kept him inspired. With a wide age range between the six siblings, the official reading of each new chapter became a special activity the whole family could enjoy together.
The race of Larkin had been born in Dr. Harris’ imagination years earlier, when he was just newly married. Out on a walk in the woods, he saw a tiny, three-step waterfall, with an opening in the rocks behind the tallest waterfall. Wishing he was only an inch tall so he could go spelunking behind that little waterfall, a story began to take shape in his mind. Little did he know that years later it was this same story which would provide a way for him to communicate life’s lessons to his six children.
From Fruitful Tree Publishing in Lexington, South Carolina, comes the story of a small people who believe in a big God. Tales of Larkin: Hawthorn’s Discovery, written and illustrated by Alan W. Harrris. With humor and fast-paced adventure, Hawthorn’s Discovery promotes good character and the vision of a culture totally dependent on and obedient to their Maker, inspiring believers to seek God more actively in prayer.