Twixt The Road and The River
My Sister, My Friend
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This is the second book in the War Eagle River series. The War Eagle River starts from an underground stream at the top of Five Mile Hill, cascades off rock ledges, pauses in sparkling pools and joins with the rills and trickles on the way. The rushing stream plunges over a cliff and lands in a valley in clouds of sparkling spray. It courses across the valley, turning the grinding wheel at Applegate's Grist Mill before emptying into a much larger river headed toward the Mississippi. The small town of River Bend clusters around the rive where its hardworking folks interact as in every small town. Some bad, some good and some trying to be good. And the river rolls on. Author Joann Ellen Sisco perfectly captures the voice and soul of the southern Ozarks. People are people, no matter where they are, but the subtle culture and expression of language is unique to a place and time and no one masters this better for this distinctive section of America than Sisco.
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Like An Eagle
This is the third book in the War Eagle River series. The War Eagle River starts from an underground stream at the top of Five Mile Hill, cascades off rock ledges, pauses in sparkling pools and joins with the rills and trickles on the way. The rushing stream plunges over a cliff and lands in a valley in clouds of sparkling spray. It courses across the valley, turning the grinding wheel at Applegate's Grist Mill before emptying into a much larger river headed toward the Mississippi. The small town of River Bend clusters around the rive where its hardworking folks interact as in every small town. Some bad, some good and some trying to be good. And the river rolls on. Author Joann Ellen Sisco perfectly captures the voice and soul of the southern Ozarks. People are people, no matter where they are, but the subtle culture and expression of language is unique to a place and time and no one masters this better for this distinctive section of America than Sisco
The Mighty Cedar
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The old man was on his deathbed after a long and productive life, and his aged wife sat in vigil beside his bed. Her own life had been spent in service to her husband, to others, and when God insisted, to Him. She had one request as she neared the end of her life, and that request was not for something for herself. It was for her granddaughter. The Mighty Cedar contains the hopes, dreams and final acceptance of a young girl who follows her husband through a long life while he follows his own calling. The trip leads to another state and another culture, but wherever he went, she would go and his God was also her God for as long as there was breath. Author Joann Ellen Sisco perfectly captures the voice and soul of the southern Ozarks. People are people, no matter where they are, but the subtle culture and expression of language is unique to a place and time and no one masters this better for this distinctive section of America than Sisco
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Turn Left Off Main
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This is the fifth book in the War Eagle River series. The only house on Church Street besides the River Bend Community Church, was the parsonage, inhabited by a young minister and his wife. They were the ones who were engaged in taking care of the spiritual needs of their little town. Also living there was a yellow cat engaged in taking care of the young couple. That, and a few other activities, kept the cat very well occupied. Author Joann Ellen Sisco perfectly captures the voice and soul of the southern Ozarks. People are people, no matter where they are, but the subtle culture and expression of language is unique to a place and time and no one masters this better for this distinctive section of America than Sisco.
Three Times A Mama
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This is the sixth book in the War Eagle River series.

Marybeth became entangled in her best friend’s life seeing no way to free herself and be loosed from a promise. She struggled to make sense of the position life placed her in, until the new man came into her view. Author Joann Ellen Sisco perfectly captures the voice and soul of the southern Ozarks. People are people, no matter where they are, but the subtle culture and expression of language is unique to a place and time and no one masters this better for this distinctive section of America than Sisco.
Hilltop House
This is the seventh book in the War Eagle River series.

Laura Maisone was trapped in an unendurable situation, and leaving home appeared to be the only answer. Her main problems seemed to stem from being a woman in a man’s world, and there wasn’t much she could do about that, or could she?

Author Joann Ellen Sisco perfectly captures the voice and soul of the southern Ozarks. People are people, no matter where they are, but the subtle culture and expression of language is unique to a place and time and no one masters this better for this distinctive section of America than Sisco.
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Mill On The War Eagle
This is the eighth book in the War Eagle River series.

Celia Applegate had always tried to be a good girl and do what was expected of her. At age seven, she lost her mother when her baby brother was born. She had picked up domestic duties as soon as she was able, taking care of her father and two brothers.
But now she lost her father, after he had extracted a difficult promise from her. How could she manage to piece her life together?

Author Joann Ellen Sisco perfectly captures the voice and soul of the southern Ozarks. People are people, no matter where they are, but the subtle culture and expression of language is unique to a place and time and no one masters this better for this distinctive section of America than Sisco.
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Joann Ellen Sisco
The late 1800’s into the early 1900’s were interesting years.  I know this because of my talkative grandmother who lived them.  Homesteading in a soddie on the plains, traveling the dusty trails in a covered wagon and dealing with life as it came by were a great teacher.  Then later living in a small, mountain town where working together was a pleasure and a necessity.
And I came along during the depression, and went on to live through a dozen presidents, a half a dozen depressions, two world war, and a number of other skirmishes while the dollar melted down to about 4 ½ cents.  A lot of memories happened during that time, and as I got older it seemed right to set them to paper.
Growing up alone a lot of the time, the pencil became my best friend, and there were never enough books.  Learning to read was a great excitement, and whatever object had a printed word on it, I read it.  From flour sacks to spice bottles, to the black pepper can, to the Farmer’s Almanac, to the book of ‘101 Sermon Outlines’ that belonged to my Minister father.  I just as well have read them because he didn’t.  He preferred to make his own outlines… didn’t need help, he said.  God took care of what to say.
In the 1960’s I had several juvenile books published, along with lesson ideas for teaching children in Sunday School, but then a job and growing children took up my time and energy.  During that period, I remembered a lot of my grandmother’s words and her small town life.  Some are gathered into the series, War Eagle River Valley, and contained in My Mountain Memories.
These stories were set down in the fictional town of River Bend, central Arkansas, where members of the town interacted and shared the good and the bad.  Such fun it was to re-live my grandmother’s memories and add a few of my own while weaving them into the fabric of the era.  One of the books, THE MIGHTY CEDAR, is fashioned after my own parents and their religious calling to the mountains of Arkansas from the plains of Kansas. 
There will be more of their stories to tell, as well as those set on the Oklahoma Prairie where I later migrated.   PRAIRIE PENPRINTS will contain a lot of them.  Truly, I and the pencil have become fast friends over the years, and likely will continue to turn remembered stories into books.  After all, we have to do something, don’t we?
Gram had lived a lot of years and raised sons and grandsons, and then along came Amy Catherine and Gram’s joy knew no bounds. The little girl had come along after five boys, and her mother was glad for Gram’s help.
Gram made quilts for her grandchildren, but this girl’s quilt would be special.  It would contain embroidered pictures of her young life… pictures that Amy had drawn.  Amy was a modern girl for her era, and at that time a woman’s job was in the home, but there was no money to be made there.  Amy managed an answer of her own.  She’ll tell you about it.  It has joys and agonizing tears, but that is just part of life.
Johnny wanted to marry Amy but girls are difficult to understand… and impossible to influence.  He finally decided Amy must be allowed to go her own way, and he would lead her if he could possibly just get ahead of her.
Johnny proved his worth, though, in a battle with the Mississippi Central Railway that was trying to… well, it’s all in the book, and Johnny should get to tell it in his own way. 







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WAR EAGLE RIVER VALLEY
AT HOME IN RIVER BEND
Old Man's Cabin

The tiny log building sat on the riverbank for forty years years and there were at least forty opinions as to who built it and why?  Some folks thought angels put it there.
Hatfield and McCoy

Duke and the Schoolmaster

The mountain feud traveled half way across the  country, only to end up with a pair of survivors who had no clear idea of that it was all about except that it was a part of their lives.
The new schoolmaster had excelled in every subject required by law.  Too bad there was no course on “Women and Girls”.  Not even Duke could help with that.
Momma From Ward's Catalog

Thistledown

Papa always bought clothes and toys from the catalog.  So when a new momma was needed, where else would he go?
Six months ago they were a happy family of four, so how had they become orphans in a strange place?  Now was the time to remember the training of their parents… and be strong.
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