Some people collect stamps. Other people collect coins. Carol Otis Hurst's father collected rocks. Nobody ever thought his obsession would amount to anything. They said, "You've got rocks in your head" and "There's no money in rocks." But year after year he kept on collecting, trading, displaying, and labeling his rocks. The Depression forced the family to sell their gas station and their house, but his interest in rocks never wavered. And in the end the science museum he had visited so often realized that a person with rocks in his head was just what was needed. Anyone who has ever felt a little out of step with the world will identify with this true story of a man who followed his heart…
Carol Otis Hurst has authored several novels for young adults, including Through the Lock, In Plain Sight, and A Killing in Plymouth Colony, in addition to her many professional books for teachers and librarians. A former teacher and librarian herself, Carol Otis Hurst is the columnist for Teaching K8 Magazine and conducts workshops on storytelling and children's literature around the country. She is the mother of two daughters and grandmother of two grandsons. She lives in Westfield, Massachusetts.