Paperback: 40 pages
"The Lake That Stole Children blends the magic of Disney's Pinocchio with the magnificent quest of The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. It begins with a sensitive boy's deep yearning for adventure. It concludes only after his fierce and protective father has gone to battle with a frightening force of nature - and himself."
This tiny book was a very quick read - less than an hour - but it was reminiscent of fables and stories I remember from my childhood. The story is about a Fisherman who is somewhat harsh with his son and daughter - heavy on the discipline, light on love and emotions.
When the Lake steals the Fisherman's only son, his zeal and determination to rescue, not only his son, but all the children captured by the lake, shines a different light on his character and his heartfelt emotions come shining through.
Full of descriptive and delightful prose, this fable begs to be read aloud. Although marketed to young adults, children of all ages will enjoy will enjoy hearing this story and will marvel at the important lesson the Fisherman learns.
**Douglas Glenn Clark has been the subject of feature stories in various New England and Midwestern newspapers. He has also written for the theater and his plays have been produced at the Old Globe Theatre, as well as the Chester Theatre Company in the Berkshires. He has received writing awards from the Massachusetts and Michigan arts councils and his journalism has been published in daily newspapers, and online publications.**