The Boy Who Danced with Rabbits by J.R. Collins is now available!
Based on historical events about a young boy who grows up with the Cherokee Indians, it is written as a narrative and is told, in a voice that will stay with you forever, by the main character after he has aged ninety years.
Jebediah Collins was born on a cold and snowy night, late in the winter of 1815, at the base of Ben’s Knob Mountain, in a valley called Choestoe (a Cherokee name you say the way the Indians do, Cho-E-Sto-E). This area is now the northeastern part of Georgia, the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains.
A time when the Cherokee Indians still lived and thrived in their beloved mountain home, years before their forced removal by the U.S. government under the direction of President Andrew Jackson, many European settlers found a life in these mountains. Living among the local natives, each people learned and adapted aspects of societal culture from the other.
Thompson and Celia Collins, parents of young Jeb, are direct descendants of Irish immigrants who settled in Choestoe during the escalation of the American Revolution. Friendship and dependence developed between the settlers and their Cherokee neighbors, and such is the case for the Collins family.
Written in the dialect, style and vernacular of the mountain folk, Jeb paints a picture of his utmost humble beginnings, life during those times, and especially of his family’s friendship with Dancing Bear’s Cherokee family.
A very spiritual book, both Christian and Native American, The Boy Who Danced with Rabbits seeps into your soul, igniting a desire to know these people and to mimic their ways through their deep love and devotion, loyalty, and concern they show one another.
J.R. Collins was raised in the valley he so passionately writes about. A descendant of the first pilgrims to the area, he proudly claims heritage and roots through the people of the Appalachian Mountains that settled in the Choestoe Valley sometime in the latter part of the 1700’s. Born in 1962, he grew up hunting and traveling the ridges of Choestoe.
As of 2013, Collins has been Director of Advertising for The North Georgia News, after having worked as a writer for sports stories and special events. He is a graduate of Young Harris College, and is currently working on the sequel, Living Where the Rabbits Dance.
Published by Argus Publishing. Books may be purchased through a-argusbooks.com, Amazon or by calling 706-835-8769.