NC Literary Hall of Fame



Stella's Special Summer by Carol Z. Lunney-Hampson

Kakapo Press
$12.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-0986383526
June, 2015
Fiction: Young Adult
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"Stella takes us 'up the Cabin' for an unforgettable summer with her family six decades ago before organized sports and technology (i.e. ipads and ipods) were required for summer fun. Readers of all ages will enjoy the gentle historic look, bringing back memories and opening eyes with delight and surprise."
—Marvis Josaitis, Ph.D, author of Pennies From a Heav'n which won Honorable Mention in 2012 Paris Book Festival

In the summer of 1955, Stella, age eleven, works and plays with her family in a fish camp by a Pennsylvania river. Her parents are trying to earn enough money to pay off a bank note on their cabin. For Stella, this is a summer of emotional losses and growth. She forms a special friendship with a huge white horse and his owner. Luckily, by solving a mysterious crime, she is able to save the cabin.


Carol Z. Lunney-Hampson graduated from Keystone College in La Plume, Pennsylvania, and moved south to Greenville, North Carolina, where she graduated with a Master's Degree in Biology from East Carolina University. In her professional career, she taught college Biology, researched and published in the field of Electron Microscopy, and spent twenty-plus years working in product development, management, and marketing in the world of pharmaceuticals. Presently retired, she lives on a creek near the coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina, with her husband and enjoys writing, sailing, gardening, golf, and tennis.

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