Recall the excitement of being near your first crush?

Ever been bullied by the kids at school?

Wish some adults would just go away?

Explore a year of turmoil, revelation, and change in the life of Jude Henley. He turns sixteen while working in a ramshackle camping park for summer tourists.

An older woman needs his help, a landlord has it in for him, and in the end, this shy boy winds up on the front page of the local newspaper.

A steady mom and a message from a dead man buck up Jude’s confidence. A heartwarming story that will both make you laugh and conjure deep emotions.


James Casper was born and grew up in southern Minnesota. Apart from living in various Minnesota locales, he has resided in Boston, St. Louis, eastern Tennessee, and London, England where he finds inspiration walking along the Thames. He and his wife of twenty-four years have traveled extensively. Rome is one of their favorite places.


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