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Addie Slaughter
The Girl Who Met Geronimo
by Susan L. Krueger, Ed.D. with Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D.

4/8/2011 News Release
4/2011 News Release

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News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Linda Radke, Five Star Publications
Phone: 480-940-8182
E-mail: info@FiveStarPublications.com
High-res photos and review copies
available to the media upon request



"Addie Slaughter" Authors To Bring a True-Life Wild West Adventure to Tucson


CHANDLER, AZ, (April 8, 2011) Imagine life as a young girl braving Indian attacks and outlaws, surviving earthquakes, blizzards, and deadly smallpox - all before today's children have spent even one day on their own without a caretaker. That was the life of Addie Slaughter - the girl who met Geronimo!

Meet the author, Susan L. Krueger, and the historian Reba Wells Grandrud, on April 23, 2011, as they attend book signing events for the historical chapter book, Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo. Krueger and Grandrud will be appearing at three Tucson area warehouse stores:

Author Appearances and Book Signings - Saturday, April 23, 2011


10:00 am - Noon Costco Warehouse (For Costco members only.)
6255 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Sam's Club (For Sam's Club members only.)
4701 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85704

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Costco Warehouse (For Costco members only.)
3901 West Costco Drive, Tucson, AZ 85701


Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo is an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project designated by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission as authorized by the Arizona Legislature.

In first-person narrative, Susan Krueger expertly speaks for Addie Slaughter, daughter of John Horton Slaughter, a Texas Ranger, famed Cochise County Sheriff and an early settler of the San Bernardino Valley in the late 1800s. The adventurous, sometimes heartbreaking, story tells of Addie's trek across the Wild West from Texas to Arizona to Oregon, eventually settling on the Slaughter Ranch near the Arizona-Mexico border. Along the way, her mother dies; she narrowly escapes a stagecoach robbery; her grandfather is rescued when their adobe ranch buildings collapse in an earthquake; her father's earlobe is shot off; and Addie meets Geronimo.

Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo is based upon actual stories told to Adeline Greene Parks by her mother, Addie Slaughter. Krueger also utilized in-depth interviews with Arizona Culture Keeper Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, the John H. Slaughter Ranch historian. The book is peppered with photographs from the Slaughter family albums and the collections of Dr. Grandrud. "Everyone who worked on this book is proud to have it accepted as an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project," added Grandrud. "It's a testament to the book's historical significance.

Susan L. Krueger, retired from a thirty two year career as an educator, continues to pursue her passion for history by sharing the rich stories of old with the young. "I wanted to show young readers that history is anything but boring. When told with passion and realism, history is exciting, inspiring, and captivating."

Though officially "retired", Krueger works now as much as ever and has joined the Phoenix Art Museum docent program while currently holding that organization's research chair. In addition to writing research papers, Krueger is available to present slide presentations, discuss matters of history, art, and, of course, the adventures of Addie Slaughter. Continuing her passion as an educator, Krueger's programs may also be adapted for use in the classroom and for all age groups.

Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo, (ISBN: 978-1-58985-197-9, $15.95) is a Five Star Publications' product that can be purchased through BarnesandNoble.com , Borders.com , Amazon.com , Walmart.com , Target.com , indiebound.org and FiveStarPublications.com .
For more about the book, visit www.AddieSlaughterBook.com .
For Arizona Centennial Legacy Project info, visit www.azcentennial.gov . Five Star Publications, which is in its 25th year of doing business in Chandler, Ariz., is reachable at info@FiveStarPublications.com , 480-940-8182, or visit www.FiveStarPublications.com .
High-res photos and review copies available to the media upon request




News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Linda Radke, Five Star Publications
Phone: 480-940-8182
E-mail: info@FiveStarPublications.com
High-res photos and review copies
available to the media upon request



'ADDIE SLAUGHTER' LASSOES YOUNG READERS WITH TRUE-LIFE WILD WEST ADVENTURE


CHANDLER, AZ (April, 2011)- Before most of today's children have spent even one day on their own without a caretaker, young Addie Slaughter braved Indian attacks, outlaws, smallpox, earthquakes and blizzards in Susan L. Krueger's historical chapter book, Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo, an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project designated by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission as authorized by the Arizona Legislature.

In first-person narrative, Krueger expertly speaks for Addie Slaughter, daughter of John Horton Slaughter, a Texas Ranger, the sheriff who tamed Cochise County and an early settler of the San Bernardino Valley in the late 1800s. The adventurous, sometimes heartbreaking, story tells of Addie's trek across the Wild West from Texas to Arizona to Oregon, eventually settling on the Slaughter Ranch near the Arizona-Mexico border. Along the way, her mother dies; she narrowly escapes a stagecoach robbery; her grandfather is rescued when their adobe ranch buildings collapse in an earthquake; her father's earlobe is shot off; and Addie meets the fierce warrior Geronimo.

"I wanted to show young readers that history is anything but boring," explains Krueger a teacher for 32 years before retiring in 2000. "When told with passion and realism, history is exciting, inspiring and captivating."

Krueger's book is based on actual stories told to Adeline Greene Parks by her mother, Addie Slaughter, and in-depth interviews with Arizona Culture Keeper Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, the John H. Slaughter Ranch historian. Most of the book's photographs come from Slaughter family albums and the collection of Dr. Grandrud.

Though "retired," Krueger works now as much as she ever has. She joined the Phoenix Art Museum docent program and is currently their research chair. In addition to writing research papers, she gives slide show talks and is available for classroom visits to talk about writing, history, art and her book.

"Everyone who worked on this book is proud to have it accepted as an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project," adds Grandrud. "It's a testament to the book's historical significance."

Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo, (ISBN: 978-1-58985-197-9, $15.95) is a Five Star Publications' product that can be purchased through BarnesandNoble.com , Borders.com , Amazon.com , Walmart.com , Target.com , indiebound.org and FiveStarPublications.com . For more about the book, visit www.AddieSlaughterBook.com . For Arizona Centennial Legacy Project info, visit www.azcentennial.gov . Five Star Publications, which is in its 25th year of doing business in Chandler, Ariz., is reachable at info@FiveStarPublications.com , 480-940-8182, or visit www.FiveStarPublications.com .





Suggested Interview Questions



For Susan Krueger, author

Addie Slaughter
The Girl Who Met Geronimo

  1. What made you decide to do a chapter book on Addie Slaughter?

  2. I understand John Slaughter is a rather well-know figure in the Old West. Tell us a little bit about what kind of man Addie's father, John Slaughter, was and how he related to his children.

  3. Why did you decide to do the book about Addie, rather than John Slaughter?

  4. Tell us about Addie's mother and her stepmother.

  5. What are some of the hardships Addie and her family endured while living in the Wild West?

  6. How did you research the lives of the Slaughters?

  7. The contents of your book are based on historical facts with some dialogue and background fictionalized. What percentage of the tale would you say is pure fact, and why did you include fictitious information?

  8. There is a poignant scene in the book where Geronimo takes off one of his beaded necklaces and gently holds it out to Addie. And then, he bows to her. Was that a factual scene? Why do you suppose he did that?

  9. The Slaughter Ranch has been restored and is open to visitors. Can you tell us where it is, and what guests can expect when they visit the ranch?

  10. Is there anything else about the ranch or the book that you would like to share with us?

  11. If somebody wanted to contact you to speak at their school or historical group, how can they get in touch with you?




Fact Sheet




WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

Indian attacks, outlaws, rattlesnakes, smallpox and blizzards are a few of the true-to-life dangers experienced by Addie Slaughter, daughter of the famous John Horton Slaughter, a Texas Ranger, famed Cochise County Sheriff and an early settler of the San Bernardino Valley in the late 1800s.

In first-person narrative, author Susan Krueger, Ed.D., expertly speaks for Addie, who tells her adventurous, sometimes heartbreaking, story of traveling across the Wild West from Texas to Arizona to Oregon, and then eventually settling on the Slaughter Ranch near the Arizona-Mexico border.

Along the way, Addie's mother dies; her family narrowly escapes a stagecoach robbery; her grandfather is rescued when their adobe ranch buildings collapse in a terrible earthquake; when pursuing a member of the Jack Taylor Gang, her father's earlobe is shot off; and Addie meets the powerful warrior, Geronimo.

WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK UNIQUE?

Based on actual stories told to Adeline Greene Parks by her mother, Addie Slaughter, and in-depth interviews with Arizona Culture Keeper Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, the John H. Slaughter Ranch historian, Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo, succeeds in capturing the interest and imagination of young readers due to its youthful voice, colorful descriptions and exciting recount of actual events. Most of the book's photographs come from Slaughter family albums and the collection of Dr. Grandrud.

As author Susan Krueger puts it, "History is NOT boring," especially when it's retold by a child who actually lived it!

Though entertaining for young readers, Addie Slaughter's historical significance is such that it was selected as an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project designated by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission as authorized by the Arizona Legislature. Visit www.azcentennial.gov for more info.





Web site: http://www.AddieSlaughterBook.com

ISBN: 978-1-58985-197-9
$ 15.95
Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc.
Date Published: January 2011
Paperback
6 by 9 / 64 pages


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