Gone From These Woods

I didn't want to go rabbit hunting with Uncle Clay on that cold November morning. But I went. Now I have to live with what happened for the rest of my life. It was just an accident. The rabbit ran away. Clay fell beside me. But he wasn't dead. Clay couldn't be dead.

Nothing has been the same for Daniel Sartain since that morning in the woods when Uncle Clay went down. Mom tries to hold the family together with her comfort and love. Mrs. Hardy, Daniel’s guidance counselor at school, offers a sanctuary in her office as she tries to help Daniel survive after losing his role model and best friend. At the same time, Daniel’s alcoholic father, Clay’s older brother, makes a tragic situation worse. The memory of that cold morning in the Georgia woods – and most of all the hurt – will stay with Daniel forever. But somehow, he must find a way to go on . . . for Uncle Clay . . . and for himself.

In Gone From These Woods, author Donny Bailey Seagraves, an Athens, Georgia native, deftly illustrates the culture and tradition of the American rural South and how one boy must learn to navigate this world.

About the Author

Donny Bailey Seagraves

Donny Bailey Seagraves is an American author living in Athens, Georgia, USA. Her debut middle grade novel, Gone From These Woods, was published by Penguin Random House. For many years, she has been a freelance writer with publication credits in numerous regional and national newspapers and magazines. When she’s not writing, Donny works in her business, Junebug Books and Collectibles, which she founded in 1998. To find out more about Donny, visit her About me page or read her FAQs. Got questions or comments for Donny? Send a message.

A Sampling of Published Writing by Donny Bailey Seagraves

Read how Donny Bailey Seagraves got published by Random House without an agent.
Read Donny's article about the late Harriette Austin
Read Donny's Athens Magazine article about bronc-riding cowboy Harry Hancock
Read Donny's Chicago Tribune article about Brenda Mullis of Winterville, GA

Other Books by Donny Bailey Seagraves

Coming soon: Finding Fiction in Your Own Backyard

Coming soon: Athens Writes

Coming soon: Spelling Bee

Coming soon: Cooking Southern With Annie D: A Seagraves Family Cookbook

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