THE WARDS OF KILBOURNE HILL: Coming of Age in an Ohio Summer (Y/A now available on Kindle)

Henry Krambeck

To the Reader:


In this treatise Joyce Godwin Grubbs has been able to incorporate morale, ethical and other values inherently valuable to teens and, at the same time, mask those traits by way of a strong plot that continually keeps the young reader on his/her toes.  It is rare to find a writer with these skills but, in this novel written for young adults, Joyce has achieved that goal.  As a former school administrator I would highly recommend this fictional work for placement in school libraries as well as for personal collections.

 Krambeck, BS w/dist, MA

Educational Administrator – Retired


THE WARDS OF  KILBOURNE HILL: Coming of Age in an Ohio Summer

By Author Joyce Godwin Grubbs: her only young adult book.

The summer before turning 13 has its challenges, wonders, and in the case of a trio of friends, its mysteries. As though on cue, life changes drastically as Jeff Wise is about to turn 13 and it is not all for the better. His father is deployed to Afghanistan, mysterious neighborhood happenings intimidate and threaten his new role as “head of the household” charged with overseeing the welfare of his mother and four year old sister. Just when he thought it couldn’t get worse, his mother signs him up for a summer class.

Bullies, prejudice, girls and un-settling news that his parents don’t own their home and the “high and mighty old woman in the mansion on Kilbourne Hill” does. She wreaks some havoc into their lives when she punishes the entire neighborhood because Jeff, Pudge and Stash trespassed on her property. A mysterious new neighbor the trio dubbed “The Snowman” threatens their dignity as well as their welfare, while Tank and Howie, the bullies and stars of the football team, prepare to make another year at school worse than those that came before.

Life is changed, and for the better, with the appearance of a mysterious witch seen floating in the neighborhood. In solving that mystery, knowing there couldn’t be such a thing, the boys are introduced to a “champion.” But all mysteries aren’t solved that easily when Dooley who chased Jeff with a shotgun, is himself a victim of a life-threatening crime. The quiet, placid, neighborhood of his youth is disappearing just when he needs it most.

Coming of age in Ohio is as “all-American” as it gets. The Midwest is the “melting pot” of the “Melting pot.” Expect the real issues of becoming a young man to be part of the story-line of this heartwarming and fulfilling view of life in Kilbourne Hill, Ohio.The Wards of Kilbourne Hill Novel Cover Final KDP





About joycegodwingrubbs2

Some call me retired: I am RE-FIRED. I have written 15 books, plus 3 written as a "ghost writer". I no longer offer the novels as printed books, having them only available as Kindle Ebooks since my retirement as a novelist. Twelve books are on Kindle eBooks: collectively they are known as The Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series.They are real cases fictionalized into suspense stories to protect identities..( no victim/survivor names were compromised, and workers and locations were protected.) I also co-authored a non-fiction book: Footsteps Out of Darkness: The Annabelle Kindig Story . It is available on Amazon under the name of Annabelle Kindig. I have traveled, written from the heart, and found an audience that appreciates my "platform". The catalyst to writing the novels was the realization that if I died, I would take all my amazing experiences in these real cases with me; and believe me few have lived 5 lives in one. It would "silence the voices" of the victim/survivors whose triumphs are written into these novels. The suspense series was written in part with the collaboration of police woman and sex crime expert Trula Ann Godwin. In addition to the novels, I have written as a ghost writer for a World War II veteran who fought in the South Pacific aboard the USS Maryland in all the major battles. I have also written a non-fiction book recording oral history stories of my family members beginning with the 1930's to present. There are sixty-six "legacy" stories with pictures. It was recently published as a private printing for family and close associates only. I am a published photo journalist having won the 2009 Editor's Choice Award for internet freelance news articles and pictures of the Cedar Rapid's Iowa flood victim accounts and their personal struggles.. My husband and I are in our 52nd year together (only one blip on the marital radar together), and we have adopted three greyhounds; Dex, Big Buddy and Baby Doll. These were the inspirations in the Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series We have eleven grandchildren, 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. My three children live in Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio.
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3 Responses to THE WARDS OF KILBOURNE HILL: Coming of Age in an Ohio Summer (Y/A now available on Kindle)

  1. Congratulations, Joyce!! R’becG

    • This is one from the “archives” written for my grandson Jeffrey about 3 years ago per his request for me to write something his friends could read since mine were all “adult” books. It was a labor of love and fun to incorporate his home state of Ohio, and using the name of his school. It was however amazing to get Henry Krambeck’s endorsement as he is renowned in Missouri and Iowa. for educational achievements and is very special to our family in particular. Thanks for your response Rebecca.

      • Okay. You can see my lifestyle as of these past many months has really put me behind on all things blog related. This octopus only has just so many arms, though.

        I cannot believe how much this site has changed, Joyce. I feel like a new kid at the school….can hardly find my own stuff tonight.

        Waaay too much going on in my life/house and family. Yowza.


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