Shan L. Spyker at the Learned Owl [RESCHEDULED 10/1]

Join us in welcoming Shan L. Spyker to our shop on Saturday, October 1st from 1-3pm. Spyker will be signing her book The Way of the River.

"Never enter the malevolent forest," they were warned...

But that just makes it even more enticing to bold and adventurous young Tillie...

After coaxing her worrisome older sister, Elinora, to join her, together they travel deep into the strange and mysterious wood. There, at the edge of a powerful river, they discover a shivering, abandoned wolfhound pup in need of help...and a forest teeming with sentient creatures.

In their quest to reunite the pup with his canine family, they embark upon a dangerous rescue mission—one that pits them and their allies against a greedy, unscrupulous showman. Along the way they learn all is not what it seems, and that it is even more than they could have ever imagined, as they begin to unravel the centuries-old secret of the legendary Kellandale Wood and the magnificent river that flows through it.

Debut author Shan L. Spyker "delivers a strong message of inclusiveness, love, and respect for all creatures" (Kirkus Reviews) in The Way of the River: Kellandale Wood (Book One), an impactful animal rescue tale with unforgettable characters that takes place within the heart of a mystical forest.

The Way of the River is the first book in the Kellandale Wood series and is perfect for both young and adult readers who love stories such as Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro, Mary Stewart's The Little Broomstick, and CS Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series.


  • Kirkus Reviews 28 GREAT INDIE BOOKS WORTH DISCOVERING, June 2022
  • Recipient of three FIVE-STAR REVIEWS from Readers' Favorite
  • "a remarkable middle-grade magical adventure" — Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite ★★★★★
  • "compulsively readable from the first page" — Self-Publishing Review ★★★★½
Event date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
204 N. Main St.
Hudson, OH 44236
The Way of the River: Kellandale Wood (Book One) By Shan L. Spyker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781736619704
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click for Details
Published: Tulip Tree Creative Studios - March 31st, 2021

Life is perfect for fifteen-year-old Elinora Wolton...for the most part. Anxious by nature and resistant to the often painful metamorphosis of growing up, she is most content when she is able to avoid uncomfortable feelings and experiences.

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