About The Secret of Four Notch by Tracy Sabin
Mom and dad decided to move us from our home in California to middle-of-nowhere Washington state. Goodbye forever, best friends!
Exploring our sopping wet new neighborhood, our weird “sort of” new friend, my sister and I discovered Four Notch. Was the legend true that it could take us back in time? I know it sounds crazy but we figured it out. Went back to the time of the sawmills. Very strange and pretty exciting until we got found out and had to cut and run back home. We were definitely going to try again.
But then, out of nowhere, mom and dad decided I needed to pick strawberries every day because dad’s work was having money troubles. I’m just a kid! What the heck? After two weeks I had all I could take. I hatched a plan to escape using Four Notch. But I decided to go way back, before the white man was here. What could possibly go wrong?
I’ve lived with the Suquamish people for four months now and I’ve tried twice to get back home and… it just doesn’t work any more! I really miss my family and I don’t know if I’ll ever figure out the secret of Four Notch and get back home…
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In the 1990’s Tracy began illustrating for textbook publishers and has worked for Harcourt Brace, National Geographic, Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic and Savvas Learning Company, among others. He wrote, illustrated and paper-engineered “A Visit to the North Pole” in 1993. In 2006, he illustrated the New York Times bestselling popup book, “Castle” with text and paper-engineering by Kyle Olmon. Since 2015, Tracy has been writing and illustrating books under the imprint, "Thar She Blows Books." Titles include “Mouse Builds a House,” “Nothing to Do!,” “Nobbin, Bobbin & Cobb – A Refugee Story,” and “This Is Our Ocean – The Dream of Clean Seas.” His most recent release is "The Secret of Four Notch,” a middle grade historical/time-travel novel.