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Where the adventure begins...

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     Growing up in a small town on the banks of the Mississippi would seem to make for an ideal childhood, but that isn't the case for eleven-year-old Hannah and her brothers.

     Life with evil Aunt Olga has gone from very bad to worse, so now Hannah must make a tough decision. She knows she can't ask for help. Olga has continually warned her that if she or her brothers dare to complain about her, they will most certainly be put in separate foster homes. Above all else, they have to stay together!

     But Hannah is protective of her younger brothers and can't bear to see them hurt another day. The only way out is to run! They pack up their meager belongings, more food than Olga ever allowed them, then run for the river to make a new home!

     At least, that is the plan...

The adventure continues...

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    As Hannah and her brothers begin to thrive in the security and good fortune of their new life, they watch as friend, Birk, seems to be losing everything that he holds dear. To make matters worse, Hannah is certain her family is to blame.

    Friendships and families are put to the test in this story of a boy's heartfelt struggle to hold on to the life and land he has always known and loved.
    For readers of all ages, this heart-warming tale includes fun facts about Christmas tree farms, crinoids, and more!

    Though enjoyable on its own, you'll want to start at the beginning of the adventure with book one, THE CHILDREN OF HORSESHOE HIDEOUT.

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Book 3 now available!

   It's summer break for Hannah, Wes, and Jamie, but swimming, fishing, and camping aren't the only adventures in store for them!

   There's a prowler in the woods near Turtle Lake and items are mysteriously disappearing. The children are determined to get to the bottom of it and their friends are eager to help. But there are problems in town, too - in fact, life and death problems at the animal shelter - and they can't be ignored!

   Surprises abound and friendships grow as the children embark on their latest exciting adventure. 

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Meet the children of Horseshoe Hideout...




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Aunt Olga's house

Interior of Horseshoe Hideout

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and from Family Trees...


Birk family Christmas tree farm

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Birk and Ransom in the woods

Halloween with friends

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and from Mystery at Turtle Lake...

About Rebecca

Rebecca Matthews Vorkapich

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Much like the children in Rebecca’s debut middle-grade novel, THE CHILDREN OF HORSESHOE HIDEOUT, she was born in a small town in southeast Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi. She spent nearly twenty years in sunny Phoenix, AZ, designing and programming systems for the airline industry, but eventually returned to the shady comfort of her hometown where she writes and illustrates children’s books, paints, throws pottery and sometimes dabbles in stained glass.


She is the mother of sons, Matthew and Bryan, and grandmother to Natalie, Liam, Brittany and Brianna.


THE CHILDREN OF HORSESHOE HIDEOUT was honored with a B.R.A.G. Medallion, was named a Book of the Year Finalist by the Independent Author Network, and was recently awarded a silver medal by The Wishing Shelf book awards hosted in the U.K.


Rebecca released book two of her series, THE CHILDREN OF HORSESHOE HIDEOUT in FAMILY TREES, October 2021. It has since been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion.


Book three is will be in bookstores November 2022.

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‘A charming story, cleverly plotted, perfect for 9 – 12 year olds.’ - The Wishing Shelf

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"This is a creative and original story, with distinct and memorable characters...a delightfully captivating tale that will engage young readers as Hannah and her brothers do whatever is necessary to stay together." -BookLife Prize

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Praise for FAMILY TREES:

“A cleverly crafted story with a classic Enid Blyton feel to it. Recommended for 9 to 12 year olds!’ The Wishing Shelf

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Now a Silver Medal winner!

Awarded by the school children who read the book!

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