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Children's author shares adventures

Twin Oaks Elementary School students were treated to a book reading from child author R. Lewis McGhee recently. Third grade students Landon Kiefer and Bryce Kittrell particpated in the question and answer session of "The Slug Monster of Webster County."

Twin Oaks Elementary School students were treated to a book reading from child author R. Lewis McGhee recently. Third grade students Landon Kiefer and Bryce Kittrell particpated in the question and answer session of "The Slug Monster of Webster County."

— The days are getting shorter and cooler. With Halloween just around the corner as well, it’s a perfect time to grab a good, spooky mystery book.

So, the timing is right for children’s author R. Lewis McGhee’s first book, “The Slug Monster of Webster County.” “The Slug Monster” is the first of a three-part series of the sleuthing adventures of two young boys in Southwest Georgia.

The book is actually the sequel to a musical entitled “Monkey Business” that McGhee has written. It will be produced and performed at Lee County High School this December for a family audience. The story will follow two young brothers on their quest for fame and fortune in the 1930s depression era in Southwest Georgia.

The series will continue with the two young brothers and their adventures. Book two is titled “The Chattanooga Vampire.” It is at the publishers and is due out in 2012. The third and final book of the series will be titled “The Serpentine of Ruby Falls.”

McGhee said that his books are meant to be looked at like the Hardy Boys of the South. They are not just geared towards young boys, he said, but are also meant to be read and appreciated by young girls, too. In “Slug Monster,” young girls play a strong roll in the main message in the story, which relates to good values and morals.

The books are written for children who read on grade levels second through sixth.

McGhee is a graduate of Auburn University with a doctorate in psychology. He spent 30 years in the Lee County School System as psychologist for grades K-12.

He works from his home and produces his books electronically with help from around the world. His illustrations are done in London, his editors are located in California and New York and his printer is in South Carolina.