Ben Woodard

The Staircase of Fire

A quiet town in Kentucky explodes from a racial incident and fourteen-year-old Tom Wallace is in the thick of it. His past haunts him, and now he’s witness to a horrific event leaving him devastated and afraid. Tom and his cousin search for lost Shaker gold he believes can help him escape his town and memories. But leaving has consequences. He will lose his friends and his new love. On a fiery staircase Tom finally realizes that he must face his inner demons and his terrifying nightmares. To do so he must take a stand that could change his life … or end it. Author Ben Woodard relies on firsthand experience and family history to tell this moving story of personal tragedy and racial hatred set in the rolling countryside of Kentucky in 1923.

Ben Woodard

Ben is a (mostly) retired adventurer who has traveled across Tibet, climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest, and solo backpacked wilderness areas. He now writes adventure stories for boys and girls—tales of lost gold and river caves and flying with eagles; stories of friendships that endure through adversity and danger; and adventures that inspire and educate and, most of all, entertain. Ben works with teachers, schools, and literacy organizations spreading the word that books are vital—and fun. Learn more here.

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