DANVILLE — If you’ve read the first “Callie Hill” book and are eager to find out what happens as the child grows up, your wait is over. The sequel, “Callie Hill: New Beginnings, 1866-1874,” by Kathy Darding, is in stores.
Fans can follow Callie’s adventures as she takes a train ride to the North, falls in love and moves to Illinois, all set in the reconstruction period following the Civil War.
“It was fun plotting it all out and researching the cities,” Darding said. “These people are (almost) real to me.”
Darding will sign copies of her newest book — as well as two others, “Callie Hill: Child of the South, 1853-1865” and “Through Mitzy’s Eyes: A Dog’s Tale” — on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Glorie Bee Antiques in Covington, Ind.
Gloria Llewellyn, owner of the shop, enjoyed the first book so much that she can’t wait to start the sequel. “I’ll start it and won’t want to put it down,” she said. “I couldn’t wait for her to finish the sequel; you have to see what’s going to happen.”
For those who haven’t read the first book, the sequel fills in the background, she said. She described Callie as an “outstanding young lady who has a lot of adventures in her life.”
Llewellyn said she has signed copies of both “Callie” books in her store.
Darding’s first book was published in February 2011. In it, the child is raised by her father and grandparents at Oak Hill plantation, 50 miles northwest of Savannah, Ga. Her best friend is Trudy, a young slave. Darding brings in national events, and all the issues leading up to the Civil War, and then the effect of the war on the family.
The sequel starts with Callie turning 13, and follows her to age 21.