The Secrets of Hawthorne House by Donald Firesmith Genre: Teen Paranormal Mystery

Matt’s life changes forever when a family of druids moves into thedilapidated Victorian mansion next door. The story of an unlikelyfriendship, the clash of two completely different cultures, secretmagic, and a search for the lost Hawthorne treasure.
Fifteen-year-old Matt Mitchell was having the worst summer imaginable.
Matt’s misery started when a drunk driver killed his mother. Then his father movedhim and his twin sister to the small town of Hawthorne in ruralIndiana, as far as his grieving father could take from the ocean thatMatt’s mother had loved. At the new high school, three bullies aredetermined to make Matt miserable. And to top it off, Matt learnsthat the recluse who lives in the ‘haunted house” next door isnone other than Old Lady Hawthorne, the town’s infamous witch andmurderer. Matt’s terrible summer is turning into an awful autumnwhen something quite unexpected happens. Old Lady Hawthorne’s nieceand her three children arrive, and Matt meets Gerallt.
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A geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineerhelping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensivesystems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books,written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers,and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He’salso proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by theAssociation of Computing Machinery, although his pride is temperedsomewhat by his fear that the term “distinguished” makeshim sound like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineerwhose beard is still slightly more red than gray.
By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormalfantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels andrelaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods andmystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical
Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name WolfrickIgnatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with hiswife Becky, and his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.
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