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Master-Fire-in-1_2Fires in the Wilderness
A Story of the Civilian Conversation Corps Boys
by Jeffery L. Schatzer

Fires in the Wilderness chronicles the journey of Polish boys from Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1934. After some training, they are shipped far from home to a work camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Through their work and struggles, the Civilian Conservation Corps boys learn hard lessons about life and the importance of character, teamwork, and leadership. Fires in the Wilderness is an inspiring story that provides readers with a peek into the past through the eyes of an immigrant boy.

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MichPrintedMapPublisher: Mitten Press, Ann Arbor, MI
Michigan Historical Fiction Chapter Book
Format: Hardcover
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 176
ISBN-13: 978-1-58726-550-1
168 Pages        Ages 8 - 12        Price: $15.95 (Hardcover)
eBook ISBN: 978-1-58726-704-8    Spry Publishing Price:  $8.95;  B&N  $7.51;   Amazon  $7.16


Fires in the Wilderness is now only available in paperback!

ISBN: 9781587267031
Retail Price: $8.95  Purchase On-line Price $7.95 ($3.99 shipping and handling)


Awesome-Adventures-3Read about the
Underground Railroad
Western Route!

Professor Tuesday’s Awesome Adventures in History
Book Three:  The Underground Railroad
by Jeffery L. Schatzer

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 Upcoming Events:


  • Saturday  27th    Booksigning 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Greenhouse Children's Books at the Antique Warehouse, Tittabawassee Rd., Saginaw, M


  • Thursday, 2nd    Booksigning/Pathfinder School Event 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Horizon Bookstore, Front Street, Traverse City, MI
  • Sunday, 26th    Book and Author Event 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Leon and Lulu's, 96 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, MI


  • Friday, 28th    Booksigning Event 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Jay's Sporting Goods, Clare, MI
  • Saturday, 29th    Harrison Library/Santa Event 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Harrison, MI


  • Friday, 5th        Great Wolf Lodge  5:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Traverse City, MI
  • Saturday, 6th    Private Party 8:30 AM - noon  Traverse City  , MI
  • Saturday, 6th    Great Wolf Lodge 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Traverse City, MI
  • Monday, 8th     Presentation "The Spirit of Christmas"  10:00 AM  Grand Rapids Downtown Women's Club, 254 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Friday, 12th      Great Wolf Lodge 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Traverse City, MI
  • Saturday 13th    Great Wolf Lodge 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Traverse City, MI
  • Sunday, 14th    Private Party  Traverse City Golf and Country Club  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, 14th    Private Party - Downes Syndrome Group of Northern MI  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Jeff's-Photo-from-8_5_1The 'Twelve Days of Christmas' as humorously told by Jeffery L. Schatzer, national award-winning children's author and an avid student of the legend of Santa Claus in America. View video on:

Past Educational Events for Children K thru 12

Site Last Updated 09/29//2014