Old Bones

Author: Helmuth, Willard

Subjects: Grandparents; Growing Up/Boys

ISBN: 78-0-88092-495-5

Order code: 4955

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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Old Bones is Jeremy Arkwell’s new step-grandfather. He is an embarrassment to say the least! Coping with him is more than Jeremy bargained for. But it turns out that Old Bones is something of a mechanic, and he is able to turn a pile of junk into a homemade ATV. And he is not beyond an adventure or two when he and Jeremy can get out of the sight of responsible adults. Living in the country might not turn out so badly after all. There's an intriguing mystery and a lot of fun to be had with the old man.

Author Willard Helmuth, M.D., is a pediatrician and the medical director of the Union County (North Carolina) Health Department, where he is in charge of the programs for immunizations and infectious diseases. He also has a high-risk pediatric clinic there for economically deprived children. He writes: "All of my previous books were about children with disabilities, and although they were works of fiction, they were based on children that I took care of in my practice of pediatrics and neonatology. I took a different approach with Old Bones. My father-in-law lived with us for a few years before his death. He had significant neurological problems, so his care was not easy. However, there were also times of great joy, and it gave me insight into what he was going through. He maintained a sense of humor and called himself Old Bones—hence the title of the book. It was also interesting to see how children interacted with him, and that gave me the inspiration for the book."

Dr. Helmuth is also the author of Climbing up to the Tree House and Uphill and Into the Wind, both published by Royal Fireworks Press.

According to one reader:

"I really enjoyed Old Bones because it was refreshing to have a main character who wasn't at all perfect, having struggles to overcome his own feelings. It was filled with sayings that really pull you into laughing along with the characters." – Morgan, age 11

Old Bones is Jeremy Arkwell’s new step-grandfather. He is an embarrassment to say the least! Coping with him is more than Jeremy bargained for. But it turns out that Old Bones is something of a mechanic, and he is able to turn a pile of junk into a homemade ATV. And he is not beyond an adventure or two when he and Jeremy can get out of the sight of responsible adults. Living in the country might not turn out so badly after all. There's an intriguing mystery and a lot of fun to be had with the old man.

Author Willard Helmuth, M.D., is a pediatrician and the medical director of the Union County (North Carolina) Health Department, where he is in charge of the programs for immunizations and infectious diseases. He also has a high-risk pediatric clinic there for economically deprived children. He writes: "All of my previous books were about children with disabilities, and although they were works of fiction, they were based on children that I took care of in my practice of pediatrics and neonatology. I took a different approach with Old Bones. My father-in-law lived with us for a few years before his death. He had significant neurological problems, so his care was not easy. However, there were also times of great joy, and it gave me insight into what he was going through. He maintained a sense of humor and called himself Old Bones—hence the title of the book. It was also interesting to see how children interacted with him, and that gave me the inspiration for the book."

Dr. Helmuth is also the author of Climbing up to the Tree House and Uphill and Into the Wind, both published by Royal Fireworks Press.

According to one reader:

"I really enjoyed Old Bones because it was refreshing to have a main character who wasn't at all perfect, having struggles to overcome his own feelings. It was filled with sayings that really pull you into laughing along with the characters." – Morgan, age 11

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