Reaching young readers

Malcolm Ater, whose debut novel “Tyler’s Mountain Magic” became an award winner last year, will be at Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown Saturday to sign copies of his latest work, “The Hermitage House Miracle.”

“It’s a children’s mystery, especially geared for middle school kids, but suitable for any age,” explains Ater, a special education teacher who has spent a quarter-century working in Harpers Ferry. “The book is especially appealing to boys who might be reluctant readers.”

Earlier this year, West Virginia Writers Inc. named “Hermitage” a finalist for Best Children’s Book. The title also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Contemporary Fantasy for 2012.

With a price tag of just $9.95, the 178-page paperback version of “The Hermitage House Miracle” makes an ideal Christmas gift, Ater notes.

The signing starts at 3 p.m. at the store at 116 W. German St. For more on Ater’s work, go to his website, BlueRidgeMountainBooks.com.

Learning about Clara Barton

A Civil War lecture set for tonight features Susan Rosenvold, the superintendent of the Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office Museum.

The free talk – part of the Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable – begins at 8 p.m. at Camp Hill-Wesley Methodist Church at 601 E. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry.

The new Barton museum is an offshoot of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md. It’s being created in the downtown D.C. office where Barton led the federal government’s four-year effort to trace soldiers who went missing during the Civil War.

Art show

A holiday exhibit at Shepherdstown’s Bridge Gallery features ceramics by Joy Bridy, classic photographs of downtown Shepherdstown by Hali Taylor, paintings by Walt Bartman, Don Rees, Michael Davis, Maria Roberts and Seth Hill, and more.

The exhibit at the gallery at 8566 Shepherdstown Pike runs through Jan. 6. For details, call the gallery at 304-876-2300.

“Velveteen Rabbit”

See the debut of Margery Williams’ heart-warming “The Velveteen Rabbit” put on by the Young Actors Theater Lab of Full Circle Theater in Shepherdstown.

Tickets to Friday’s 7 p.m. performance at the theater at 113 S. Princess St. cost $8 and may be purchased at MyYATL.com. Other shows are set for Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 20 to 23.

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