The Town of Spencer’s Mill

All of the CHOICES stories take place in Spencer’s Mill, which is about as small as a small town can be. There are 583 adults and 422 children who live there, and even though most folks go about their daily business, they all know one another like family.

Like many small towns, Spencer’s Mill has one doctor, one dentist, one veterinarian, a mayor, a sheriff, and a fire chief. The Caramel Clump Candy Company, famous for its Caramel Clump Clusters, employs almost half the workforce in Spencer’s Mill—until the holidays, when they add a few part-timers to help fill and pack the candy boxes. The rest of the Spencer’s Mill workforce is made up of family-owned and -operated businesses, teachers, city employees, and local farmers. All of the CHOICES stories take place during one calendar year in Spencer’s Mill.


Owen’s Choice was a terrific book because we got to decide how to end it . . .
4th grader TN

Many of our students make tremendous decisions on a daily basis.  Living in poverty is always difficult, and these decisions essentially make an impact on the community, the family and the students future.   It is so refreshing to be able to choose books that allow the students to think though their choices and see the outcomes of their decisions.  Thank you…

Teacher, TN

… I love the book, Our school is going to have it at our school book fair… I can’t wait to see the rest of the books in the series.

5th Grader, NC
. . . I am 9 years old. I really enjoyed the voting part. I also like the book because it tells you that you should not smash pumpkins . . .
4th grader, AZ

Hi Wink,
Just warning you not to fly into a bug zapper.
Have a nice week.

Email to Wink

… I want, and will collect all of your books.  And when my baby sister is four, I think she will love it!…. Your story is the greatest I have ever heard.  I totally love it.

4th Grader, NC

… I was moved to tears, literally, as I read the stories to both of my boys for the very first time.  The way your books unfold is marvelous!

Mother of Two, TN

I’ve come across an excellent book, Owen’s Choice…. besides being a very well-written story about a child trying to fit into a new place, it is a book that will help teach children how to make good choices.

Community Relations Manager, Barnes & Noble, AZ

The world needs more of this, so please don’t stop.

Doctor, CO
We really like Wink. We think maybe he’s the conscience. We can’t wait for your next book to come out . . . your book teaches a good lesson.
4th grade class, TN

. . . Owen’s Choice is a really good book. . . I loved that it had three different choices . . . that is a good idea for the middle of a story. I want to read it again.

4th grader, AZ
Thank you for letting us vote on the choices . . . I like that you wrote a book that teaches a lesson. My favorite character was Wink because he was funny.
4th grader, TN