Puppet on a String
In the first two books of The O’Shaughnessy Chronicles, we got to know Will and his beloved wife, Mary, as they raised their family in the boom times of the 1920s and the struggles of the Great Depression. In this third book, we become better acquainted with the O’Shaughnessy children—Sharon, the practical-minded oldest daughter; Ruby, the strong-willed middle child who has a penchant for getting into trouble; and Catherine, the impressionable youngest daughter who goes along with Ruby’s schemes. Catherine is Ruby’s puppet, but she’s willing to let her sister pull her strings because it often leads to excitement and adventure. When the girls’ cousin Gusta moves in with the family, Catherine can’t help but see her as “Ruby in high gear.” It’s not until Catherine grows up and begins dating the dashing Jonathon Hays, over Ruby’s vehement objections, that the puppet’s strings begin to fray. Will Ruby’s attempts to keep Catherine and Jonathon apart sever the ties between the sisters forever?
180 page paperback, 5.75 x 8.75 inches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Harold William Thorpe
Harold William Thorpe grew up in Southwest Wisconsin and lived on farms for brief periods when he was very young. He spent many happy hours at his relative’s farms, and during his teen years he detasseled corn, worked two summers as a live-in farm laborer, worked one summer as a Surge milking machine sales and service man, and worked part of another summer as a United States Department of Agriculture field man.
After high school, he graduated from UW-Platteville with an education degree. He worked for eleven years in Janesville, Wisconsin — first as a general education and special education teacher, then the last four years as a school psychologist. During these years he started a business and earned a masters degree in educational psychology at UW-Madison. Afterward, he left Janesville for Utah State University where he earned a doctorate degree in education.
Upon returning to Wisconsin he took a position at UW-Oshkosh where he initiated a program to prepare students to teach the learning disabled. For the next twenty-five years he taught classes, supervised student teachers and graduate students, and served in administrative positions as a graduate program coordinator, a department chairperson, and a college associate dean. But his first love was conducting research that produced more than twenty-five publications in education and psychology journals.
After retirement, he decided to learn how to write fiction. Giddyap Tin Lizzie is his first book.
“Tender tales that offer strong female protagonists and a peek at early 20th-century Americana.”