The Last Crystal


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Auctus Publishers
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5.0 X 0.94 X 8.0 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Frances Schoonmaker is the award-winning author of The Last Crystal Trilogy. Book three of the trilogy, The Last Crystal, won the 2019 Agatha Award for Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Mystery. Schoonmaker spent her early school years in Western Oklahoma and graduated from high school in Washington state. After teaching in elementary school for a dozen plus years, she joined the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University where she was Professor in the College's historic Department of Curriculum and Teaching. She retired in 2009 and was granted the title Professor Emerita. When she isn't writing, she enjoys making school visits to meet with girls and boys, traveling, reading, walking, her garden, and three mischief-making cats. She divides her time between Baltimore, Maryland and Stratford-upon-Avon in England. You may contact her at her website: https: // where you will find more about her and her books.


If you love the time travel of A Wrinkle in Time, the historical context of Little House on the Prairie, the wizardry of Harry Potter, this series is for you. Laura Bergquist, Musical Director, New York, NY, Lifelong lover of books. When they board the L.A. bound Santa Fe Chief in Kansas City, the Harrison kids have never heard of the Last Crystal or the magic surrounding it. Worried about their father, who has been injured in World War II, they dread a summer with their boring, old Uncle James. But before the train is half way to L.A., J.D., Mary Carol, Robert, and Grace have crossed paths with a Nazi spy and one of the four has been kidnapped. Then, without warning, they find themselves off the train, drawn into a quest for the Crystal. To get home again, they must cross two thousand miles of wilderness and find the Crystal, with nothing to guide them but their wits, each other, and an old map that only the youngest can read. "The Last Crystal" is an intriguing mixture of time travel, magic, mysteries inside mysteries, historical fiction, adventure, survival skills, the spirit world --and good old-fashioned values!" Joyce Patterson Lackey, retired Education Specialist, Denver, Colorado