“There is a lot of complexity in this coming-of-age novel. Sensitive younger readers will be drawn in by Daniel’s story, which can be likened to a more emotional twin of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet.”


“The dynamics of the Sartain family are well-developed and genuine as a result of Daniel’s authentic first-person narration. Seagraves debut should leave readers weighing death, guilt and forgiveness.”

Publisher's Weekly

“A dramatic story, and Seagraves sets it up effectively . . . a useful introduction to the devastating truth that an unintended and momentary mistake can change lives forever.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Recommended

“Understanding or coping with an accidental death is seldom so directly connected to real responsibility or the need to make peace with such a mistake. Seagraves shows the best way for support to be given as well as how hard it is to forgive.”

School Library Journal

“Depicts a realistic portrayal of grief from a youth’s perspective . . . Boys will take interest in Daniel’s internal superhero-vs.-villain battle.”

Kirkus Reviews

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I’m glad you’re here. My name is Donny Bailey Seagraves and I’m a published children’s book author living in Cleveland, Tennessee, 30 miles from Chattanooga and 120 miles from Atlanta.

I am originally from Athens, Georgia and for many years I lived in the nearby small town of Winterville, Georgia. My debut children’s middle grade novel, Gone From These Woods, which is set in the woods of North Georgia, was published by Random House. Find out more about this coming-of-age novel here.

If you’re interested in learning how I got published by Random House without an agent and after many years of rejection, read my article in The Writer magazine.

I love to hear from readers and writers of all ages. Use my contact form or send an email to donnyseagraves@gmail.com.


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