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Edgar Dewitt is the new kid in town. Moving from Alabama to Mount Lanier, Washington has been quite the change, and Edgar quickly realises making new friends won't be as easy as he thought. On his first day in town, he meets one of Mount Laniers best: the incorrigible Chris Weedy, whos as bright as a sack of socks and as mean as you can get. One day while exploring the woods behind his new house, Edgar discovers something mysterious: an old abandoned cabin. But the real magic happens when he finds something even more magnificent inside the cabin itself: a dark and ominous hole. After studying the hole for a few days, Edgar musters his courage and jumps in feet first. It takes him straight through the center of the earth to a tiny island in the middle of the Indian ocean, and Edgar knows hes stumbled upon something ancient. Something secret -- a seemingly impossible way to journey to the other side of the world.For the next several weeks, the island becomes a sanctuary where Edgar can escape Chris Weedys cruel taunting and his parents constant questions. But a sudden, nearby wildfire threatens to engulf the town in flames and take Edgars volunteer firefighter father along with it. Edgar must act fast and decide between saving his new town or keeping his newly found safe haven.
Ferrill Gibbs is a writer and singer/songwriter from the Alabama Gulf Coast, whose songs have been featured in American Songwriter Magazine and CMJ, material that iTunes has called, "... fully arranged pop songs thatliterate and mature music fans could enjoy."He graduated a touch beneath summa cum laude in English at Auburn University, widely regarded as the off-off-Ivy League of the South. Clinging to the oft repeated axiom that C students rule the world, Ferrill wakes each day in gleeful expectation of the profits to start rolling in, and has a blog that is highly trafficked by his mother, Linnie. Having worked in several industries including food service and construction, Ferrill now manages a chain of family-owned convenience stores with his wife, "Fish," in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, where they live with two wonderful dogs and one feisty kitten.The Secret Island of Edgar Dewitt is his first novel.