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Identical twins Johnny and Will are orphaned and separated as toddlers. Johnny is adopted by and abusive aunt. When he grows into boyhood, he runs away and is sheltered by Linc, a reclusive black man who lives deep in the Blackwater Swamp. My Brother’s Story tells of the twins’ adventures as they struggle to reunite.

Rad Fox, a boy who lives on the Blackwater River, and family friend, Dr. Jordan Mason, discover an evil presence at the old Granger House. Johnny and Will come to visit Linc, and Johnny gets deathly ill.

Join Johnny, Will, Rad and Sam when they camp on, and explore Hogg Island, an island in the Blackwater River. In A Nest of Snakes, good people come together to confront the hatred of the Ku Klux Klan.

Adventures for Boys (and Girls) of All Ages!

The Blackwater Novels will inspire you when good people come together to confront evil. Share the adventures! Explore the dangers and mysteries of the Blackwater Swamp and experience the way your grandparents grew up. As a boy, I believed that my purpose in life was to have fun. I was very good at it. Fun was always spiced up by the possibility of getting into trouble. The boys in the Blackwater novels—Johnny, Will, Rad and Sam—are also good at having fun and sometimes getting into trouble. I hope you will join them!

A Review for The Blackwater Novels

"I want to tell you, having read The Dead House and My Brother’s Story, boys and girls and their parents and grandparents are all going to enjoy getting into these stories . . . traditional stories which kids are gonna love, not kids alone, I enjoyed them, more than I can tell you . . . The Dead House . . . the first one I ran across . . . captured my imagination, caught me, pulled me inside . . .”

(Host of Word on Words and Founding Editor USA Today)

— John Seigenthaler

A Review for My Brother's Story

"This is a lovingly told boys’ tale of growing up near woods, swamps and small country towns in the Deep South. But for Rad and Johnny, the young narrators in the book, it’s not just a joyous world of tree houses and lazy rivers, good dogs and lasting friendships. With suspense and drama, their story has an important childhood lesson at its heart: How good men and women, black and white, could stand up to violent, scheming racists in the era of Jim Crow.”

(Cofounder Southern Poverty Law Center)

— Morris Dees

A Message From The Author

I live on Mercer Island, Washington and at the age of seventy-eight, I now pursue my two passions: writing and jazz guitar.

I had the good fortune of growing up with the space and freedom to be outside, have adventures, explore, and get into trouble. I am also grateful to my Southern past for giving me the rich experiences to draw on in writing the Blackwater Novels. A collection of books that show the joys and perils of growing up in the great outdoors in the 1930s South.

— Allen Johnson Jr.