Ponca is a wholesome adventure-romance novel telling the coming-of-age story of Allison Kincaid with her family who live at Ponca, near the beautiful Buffalo River in the Ozarks of Northwestern Arkansas.
Besides human characters it also has the mysterious Corn People, Sparkles the Raccoon and Rowdy Chipmunk. The level of fantasy is similar to that in A Christmas Carole.
Intermingled with the main plot are anecdotal tales involving Jesse James; the Choctaw, Cherokee and other Native Americans in the Ozarks, etc.
Besides a past summer trip to the beautiful real Ponca, Arkansas, along with my wife, I was inspired by novels and TV scripts such as Where The Red Fern Grows, Twain's Tom Sawyer, The Waltons etc to write this original work with an end view toward enabling students to understand the creative process better than what our everyday textbooks go into.
For solid educational objectives/standards, this resource packet for literature that really gets students into the mind of the author, also has worksheets in the form of fun word searches (5 of them), numbers-to-words cryptograms (3), letters-to-words cryptograms (3), and Greek letters-to-words cryptograms;
there's also Ozarks clip art;
author insights into the creative process for writing,
notes about the literary and personal influences,
a glossary of Ozark dialect and discussions of Ozark culture,
many highly scenic, wonderful photos of Ozark bluffs, the Buffalo River, etc.
1. Who In Tarnations!
2. Meeting With Someone Special
3. Scary Picnic At Roark’s Bluff
4. The Ten Funerals
5. Secret On Roundtop Mountain
7. Aunt Ossie’s Specialties
8. Barn Raisin’ Dance And The KGC
10. Back To The Bluff
11. The Winter Of Youth
12. Moving Ahead
13. A Time To Grow; A Time To Heal
14. Aftermath: To The Stars!
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