That episode in her life is part of the seed that became the first book The Case of the Lost Boy that was the first in her Buddy Files series. The series, published by Albert A. Whitman is a best-selling series which is very popular with 2nd-4th grade readers. Another series by Butler, is coming in 2014. The first book is now scheduled for release, by Grosset and Dunlap, during the summer of 2014. The Haunted Library series will feature a misfit ghost boy and a misfit human girl who come together to solve mysteries.
So Jackie imagined that she stepped out of the door and with her own banjo case and a little magic that the granny in the story would have (but Jackie did not), she would manage to go over prairies, through the mountains and so forth until she reached her grandson.
The book, Banjo Granny, that resulted was co-authored by Sarah Martin Busse, Jackie's daughter and the grandson's mother.
She had brought a large photo of the grandson who was the inspiration for Banjo Granny.
Later she was able to use that episode in a book and although in real life the door was locked shut after the administrators heard Carol and her classmate talking beneath the classrooms; in the book—since writers can change facts to fit their story, Carol was able to have the door locked but the protagonist managed to find an alternate way into the tunnels and was able to continue using the tunnel as an escape refuge.
Interesting tidbits from the lives of authors that made their way into the pages of the very popular books they write.
|L-R: Dori Hillestad Butler, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, |
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