Jennifer Odom, 2003 Teacher of the Year, is a 40-year veteran teacher of elementary education. She has taught kindergarten through fifth grades in all subjects. For the last ten years she has incorporated video-production for her magnet school students at Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary, leading them to win many local, state and international video awards, as well as those in writing, and technology.
Named Florida Christian Writers Conference’s Writer of the Year for 2015, Jennifer writes human interest stories for her local newspaper, The Ocala Star Banner, and has also been published in Splickety and Clubhouse Jr. Magazines, as well as her church blog.
Her Award-winning Young Adult novel, Summer on the Black Suwannee is the first in a trilogy.
Connect with Jennifer online at http://jenniferodom.com/
Summer on the Black Suwannee
A Novel of Suspense
YA supernatural Fiction
When 15-year-old Emily is nearly raped by her stepfather, her distraught but well-meaning mother Charlene arranges for them to spend the summer at Mother Earth Acres, a special, secluded, faith-based retreat for troubled girls nestled along the bucolic banks of the Black Suwannee River.
An anonymous sponsor even offered to pay the camp’s $30,000 expense— provided Emily completes the program. I didn’t even need to pray about it, Charlene reasoned. It must be God’s will, since everything just fell into place.
But Emily and Charlene soon learn that Satan can assume a pleasing form, and not everything at Mother Earth Acres is as it appears. Charlene’s car suddenly breaks down, the manicured grounds are marred by strange, unsettling smells, and Emily discovers a child’s discarded clothing in the bottom of her cabin closet.
Emily’s therapy is rigorous and demanding. Her schedule is tightly controlled, and her contact with the outside world is completely cut off. When she grows gradually sicker with each passing day, she begins to wonder if she will leave Mother Earth Acres alive.
Even in paradise, evil rises.