From the coal mines of Southern West Virginia to the heart of the South, my family and I have traveled across the country and around the world. Whether in the ridges of the Appalachian mountains, to the snowcapped Rockies or the deeps of Africa and the heights of the Taj Mahal, we have taken with us a love of adventure and a reliable camera. Every Duke book is based on true events and hopefully captures how living life in the Thomason family is full of fun, joy, and adventure; especially between a boy and his dog! Let the adventures begin. Ruff! Ruff!
Duke's Great Escape is the first book in the series The Adventures of Duke. All of the stories in the series are based on true events. As a young boy, Duke and I grew up in the small coal mining town of Crumpler, West Virginia. We lived in the beautiful mountains of southern West Virginia with open country allowing us to do a lot of exploring together. Our exploring expeditions would be spent walking through the woods in the mountains enjoying all that nature had to offer. We would see different kinds of trees and plants such as maple trees, oak trees, black walnut trees, cherry trees, mountain laurel and rhododendron. We also saw different kinds of wildlife as we would journey through the mountains. We especially enjoyed sitting on a creek bank listening to the running water while watching nature at its best. Duke and I spent time with each other over the years and became inseparable. Duke truly was this boy's best friend. My hope is that every book will bring laughter and smiles to each reader both parents and child alike. Happy reading and keep a look out for all of the Adventures of Duke. Ruff! Ruff!