For Immediate Release - July 29, 2021
A.A. Blair, author of the upcoming Histria Kids release Mystic of the Midway, has been overwhelmed by the support of local community photo donations for his novel.
“It’s good to keep the memory of Crystal Beach Park alive, otherwise it will vanish”
Rudy Wolowiec remarks,
“I took the park for granted back then. Now I am always looking for photos online. The park has become one of my hobbies.”
A.A. Blair has decided to use photos rather than illustrations for the exact reason’s Rudy Wolowiec expressed.
“There’s something magical about a photo. It takes the reader to a time and place that was real, allowing them to transcend time and space to imagine themselves there.”
“Fans of the Crystal Beach amusement park have been so encouraging and supportive of Mystic. It’s been overwhelming to see support from both sides of the border and how much the park has meant to so many people,”
A. A. Blair added.
Of the donations Mystic of the Midway is proud to feature Buffalo historian and coaster enthusiast William E. Kae’s photos and topographical map featured in some of his many books about the Crystal Beach Park.
“Bill was such a great support. He was a great help at making the park come to life in the novel.”
A. A. Blair explains,
“it’s unfortunate that Bill won’t be able to see the finished product. We lost him in September 2020. But we’ve dedicated the book to his memory. I think he’d like the finished product.”
A.A. Blair describes Mystic of the Midway as ‘historical fantasy’ and hopes that the story inspires younger generations to become interested in the Crystal Beach Park.
About the Mystic of the Midway:
After a horrible accident, Effie and her family speed away to their summer cottage to escape the tests and doctors’ appointments. The promise of a relaxing family getaway is short lived when Effie stumbles across a mystery that threatens to destroy her family.
Effie enlists the aide of her detective brother, Jimmy, along with her long time Crystal Beach friends Lydia and her mischievous little brother Sniff. As their investigation deepens Effie begins see and hear things that couldn’t be real.
Effie struggles to overcome self-doubt and the realization that her idyllic vacation spot isn’t what it seems to be. Trying not to lose faith, Effie embraces her new abilities hoping the whispers and signs will lead her and her friends to the answers they need to save her family.
Mystic of the Midway is targeted for mid-grade readers (ages 7-11) and will be released under Histria Kids and imprint of Histria Books. “We’re very excited that part of Southern Ontario will be featured on the world stage. We’re hopeful that Histria’s ability to reach such a broad audience will spark interest and inquiry into our local history” author A.A. Blair explains.
About Histria Books:
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