Jerry Hines, a Minnesota native, worked for thirty-five years with the St. Paul Public Schools before retiring in 2007. Though he was not a teacher, his love for working with children included mentoring students, coaching, Scout Leader, Big Brother to three little brothers, and foster parenting. He is currently working with special needs children in the North Saint Paul and White Bear Lake School Districts as a teacher’s aide substitute.
He has three children and three grandchildren and resides with his wife in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. His four books include The Nine of Us: A Lighthearted Memoir (2007), and two young reader chapter books, Silly and Stinky Stories My Grandpa Tells (2011) and Searching for Raven (2014). His latest book Filipino Stowaway (2017) is an adult fiction novel.
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When Mason Adams’ half-sister is murdered in the Philippines, he must decide what to do with her eight-year-old son. Because the boy witnessed the murder, leaving him in the Philippines could get the boy killed but stowing him away on Mason’s Naval ship and bringing him back to the States, might end Mason’s career.
“Searching for Raven” is the story of a young Native American boy’s love for his mother’s lost horse and the magical journey he encounters when trying to find it.
This transformation of the boy to a bird and the journey to find the horse takes place on Minnesota’s north shore.
This memoir depicts what it was like growing up in a middle-class family with five brothers and three sisters in an urban setting in Minnesota. The author vividly brings the reader back to a bygone era when neighborhoods were full of large families with many playmates for a young boy and when the streets were safe and the neighborhood was a world of fun and adventure.
The stories in this book are drawn from real life experiences that occurred in the author’s family—at least for the most part anyway. Luke, (Grandpa’s grandson) who wants to be a writer, records these stories and explores the differences between his life and the childhood experiences of his father and grandfather, while discovering the trials of becoming a writer.