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The Long Shadow

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The Long Shadow is an anti-racist time-travel story for 10-to-14-year-olds.

Aunt Trudy never wanted kids. Now that she’s Richie’s guardian, she makes his life miserable. Richie just wants to escape, so he seeks refuge in the deep Missouri woods he loves so much.

Suddenly it’s not summer, but late fall. How did that happen? Did the trucker who just gave him a ride somehow whisk him back fifty years in time?

The woods aren’t for Richie the haven they used to be. After a freak storm, he finds himself at the mercy of Morris, a mysterious black man who also calls the woods home. Is Morris a savior? Or someone to fear?

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Praise for The Long Shadow

“Part survival story, part exploration of racial justice in America, part journey of self-discovery, and wholly engaging and memorable. A well done and powerful story. It is certainly stuck in my head.”
Joe Corbett, school librarian, St. Louis

“Heartwarming and heartbreaking, Richie’s story is a shining example of how taking a chance on unlikely friendships is the best way to break down the barriers we build.”
Jill Williamson, award-winning author of the Blood of Kings trilogy

“A powerful message wrapped in a page-turner.”
Cherie Postill, author, speaker, and mentor for teens at the St. Louis Writers Guild

“Sometimes we need to escape our own time and place to walk a few miles in someone else’s shoes. Phyllis Wheeler’s The Long Shadow will open your eyes, rend your heart, and take you on an invaluable journey.”
Wayne Thomas Batson, bestselling author of The Door Within Trilogy

“I loved this book. I could not stop reading it once I had begun. It is a delightful story, as well as a very painful one, told very well without a wasted word. I gladly recommend it to anyone.”
Jerram Barrs, professor at Covenant Theological Seminary and author of Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts

“Full of interesting characters ... [The Long Shadow has] heart, humor, and a great overall theme. ... Complex subject matter, woven into enjoyable fantasy ...”
John Hendrix, NYT bestselling illustrator and author

“I’ve read this book and enjoyed the characters in the story. I like the friendship that blossomed in the story and how the story came full circle in the end. It was a good history lesson without being offensive to anyone.”
LaShaunda Hoffman, sensitivity reader and author

“In The Long Shadow, Richie finds himself traveling through time and learning to explore his own biases and prejudices towards people of color. Richie’s trajectory of self discovery is one that kids of all backgrounds and cultures can enjoy.”
Rebecca Groves, middle school literature teacher

About the Author

Phyllis Wheeler tells stories that encourage us to step outside our comfort zones. She’s done it—she and her husband spent twenty years raising their family in a black neighborhood in segregated St. Louis. She’s been a journalist, an engineer, and a homeschooling mom. Now she’s thrilled to be following her dream of becoming an author for young people.

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