Jason Thorn is a filthy and unwanted 13-year-old with a bleak future. He's been pulled from school for good and is kept prisoner in the family basement with his dog when a wicked storm hits his tiny hometown of Niobrara. Already adept at enduring situations most 13-year-olds wouldn't be able to comprehend, Jason must survive the onslaught of flood waters and devastation that has destroyed his town. To do so, he'll rely on three unexpected friends who encourage him along the way. This is a tale aimed at readers 13 and up that tackles the ever-present problem of child abuse and how easy it can be for some children to slip through the cracks if people tune them out. - See more at: http: //christophermatthewspub.com/niobraras-thorn/#sthash.PazcztdG.dpu
Patrick E. Douglas is a journalist who has written for numerous magazines and newspapers across the country. He is the author of Frankie Funder, Game Seven, and Redeem. He lives in Three Forks, Montana.