Chaotic Courthouses

The courthouse represents a place of order, respect, justice, and judgment. It is supposed to anyway. There have been shocking and tragic events in the courthouse where raw emotions erupt and even violence ensues. Courthouse Chaos: Famous & Infamous Trials, Mob Violence, & Justice by Andrew E. Stoner cover frenzied courtroom stories that have taken place across the country throughout the years. 

True Crime fans will be unable to put Courthouse Chaos down as each layer takes you into well-known cases as if you were there. You will read about the trial of thrill killers, Leopold and Loeb, also in the book is the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” and Stoner writes about Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, D.C.  Stephenson who once proclaimed, “I am the law in Indiana.” Additional events covered are the trials involving Larry Flynt, Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, among many others. 

Andrew E. Stoner skillfully and unbiasedly writes about the diverse nature of America’s county and federal courthouses. His summary of the trials reveal the reasons behind these horrible acts. 

“Some of the backstories will be familiar—failed marriages, business and political rivalries, gang violence, and men and women whose lives are spiraling out of control. And others represent the unresolved and simmering issues of race and privilege played out in deadly, sickening fashion. Few of the cases represent ‘career criminals,’ but rather ‘everyday people’ whose lives explode in a very public way, and a very public place—the county courthouse.”—Andrew E. Stoner

Andrew E. Stoner is a native of Goshen, Indiana, and lived in Indianapolis for twenty-six years. He started writing as a boy by teaching himself to type on an old Underwood manual typewriter. A journalist by training, his writing has been published in the South Bend Tribune, Goshen News, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Recorder, Sports Illustrated and Colliers Worldbook Encyclopedia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Franklin College of Indiana and a master’s degree in journalism from Ball State University. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in journalism and technical communications at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

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Earth Day on the Trail

A great way for a young reader to celebrate Earth Day is to explore one of the most fascinating trails in the US and learn more from this exciting book written for children between 9 and 13. Let’s spend Earth Day on the trail with All About the Appalachian Trail. Even more mature readers will love the information laid out here. The author, Leonard M. Adkins is an expert on the Appalachian Trail. He takes you from Georgia to Maine with precision guidance. “I was excited to write a book about the AT for kids in the midst of their formative years as they are developing ideas about the world around them that will last a lifetime,” says Adkins.

In this book, you will see that the Appalachian Trail (AT) is cared for by thirty-one trail clubs, the National Park Service, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The trail is 2,200 miles long, and typically attracts more than two million hikers each year. Adkins skillfully presents the history of the AT and its many sides. He includes its geological, ecological, and human history, as well as its history as a trail. When you finish the book, you will better understand this great American treasure.

Publisher, Tom Doherty, commented, “Leonard doesn’t just write books, he lives them. He has thru-hiked the AT five times and written more than two dozen books on hiking and nature, which made him the natural choice to write All About the Appalachian Trail.”

Are your kids thinking about hiking? All About the Appalachian Trail is a great way to help excite them about hiking. This book can also be used as a tool for parents and teachers to instruct kids on the importance of our natural world, volunteerism, and the joy of the great outdoors. Teacher’s guides by Chris Edwards, Ed. D, Chief Educational Consultant for Blue River Press, are available for free to teachers, librarians, and home schoolers.

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For review copies, an interview with the author, images and illustrations, and excerpts contact Ginger Bock,, or 800-296-0481.

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