Meet FAPA Member Shelia Slavich, author of the Jumpin’ the Rails

Shelia Slavich

Meet FAPA Member Shelia Slavich, author of the Jumpin’ the Rails

by May 23, 2017Member Updates

Shelia Slavich

Shelia Slavich

Author of Jumpin' The Rails, a time travel adventure set during the American Civil War and in present day.

Sheila Wall Slavich resides in the Historic Griggs Home with her family. She is an alumna of Auburn University where she studied literature and journalism and completed her degree with a study abroad at Oxford. Before fulfilling her life-long dream of writing a novel, she worked as a journalist and later as the speechwriter and spokesperson for the Alabama Supreme Court and as the Public Information Officer for the state judicial system.

Her novel, ?Jumpin? the Rails!? is a young adult historical fiction set in present day and during the American Civil War. Historical aspects of the book were inspired by her 1858 home, The Griggs House, which was caught in the cross-fire of the last fort to fall during the War. ?”Jumpin’ the?Rails!” won the 2016 Florida Authors and Publishers Association Silver President?s Book Award for Young Adult Fiction and received the 2017 Literary Classics Seal of Approval. ?Sheila is currently available for book signings and speaking engagements. She is also working on her sequel to ?Jumpin? the Rails!?.

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?Jumpin? the Rails!? is a time travel adventure set during the American Civil War and in the present day.

Two small-town Alabama boys, Aleks and Adam, grow up in the midst of Civil War reenactments at the Fort, but when they discover a time window in the backyard of The Griggs House, their real-life 1860s adventure begins. They travel on the nineteenth century railroad and it takes them to legendary battles and places. They come face to face with Oates, Lee and Pickett, meet their ancestors and encounter hostile Johnnies and Yanks. The teenage boys are much like spectators at a football game but what they once considered a game turns real at Gettysburg and through a turn of events the best friends become separated by time and gain the attention of those who will stop at nothing to gain knowledge of time-travel.

?This fast-paced story is full of fantastic adventures intertwined within real-life historical events. Author Sheila W. Slavich breathes life into the events of the Civil War, making moments of yesteryear as real and vibrant as they once were. Reluctant readers will revel in the story and may even develop a fascination for Civil War history. Recommended for home and school libraries, Jumpin? the Rails earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.? ~ 5-Star Review by Literary Classics

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