Sunday, May 3, 2009

Stonewall Hinkleman on Location

It is my great pleasure and honor to host the first stop of a week-long blog tour for the newly released Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run!

When my buddy Sam Riddleburger, who co-authored the book along with Michael Hemphill, first asked whether I would participate in their tour, my first thought was, Woohoo! I love that book! My second thought was, What the heck am I gonna write? I've already reviewed it once.

(For those of you who are not familiar with the book, long story short: It's about a very likable kid with the unfortunate name of Stonewall Traveler Hinkleman whose parents are major Civil War buffs and who gets dragged along to their Civil War reenactments every weekend. As Stonewall says, the reenactments are really cool ... when you're six. When you're practically a teenager, it's boring. That is, until our hero finds himself transported back to the actual Battle of Bull Run, where he finds the fate of the country lies in his hands and so he ... well, you'll have to read the book to find out what he does.)

So anyway, for my tour stop, I decided to take Stonewall Hinkleman and Company on a little field trip to the site of the Battle of Bull Run, Manassas National Battlefield.

A very nice park volunteer who would identify himself only as "Snake" checks out my copy of Stonewall.

Stonewall rolls his eyes at the statue of General Thomas Jackson, sitting astride his horse like a ... a stone wall! Why couldn't General Bee have blurted out a much cooler nickname, like Rock? or Hammer? or Lone Wolf?

Lest that last photo leave you thinking the park's statue of the great Stonewall Jackson is kind of puny, here is a close-up, with me holding the book for scale. Check out the dude's pecs. As one passer-by commented, "He must have worked out."

Thus ends the field trip and the first stop on Stonewall's tour.

For details on the rest of the tour, including a cool contest where you can win some Stonewall- and Dial Books-related goodies, check out Sam's Web site.

To buy the book (and if you like Civil War stuff, or time travel, or kids with attitude, or just plain fun reading, you really should buy the book), check it out here on Amazon.

Update: Oops, my bad! As Sam mentions in the comments, the key to winning the goodies is to send an email to with "Stonewall Contest" as your subject line. Good luck!


Llehn said...

Hooray for field trips! It looks like you guys had lots of fun! And I liked how the book posed with the site! Thanks for a fun read!

Sam said...

Thanks for taking our book to the battlefield!! Next week it wants to go see Wolverine at the Manassas Cinema 14.

By the way, any of your readers who want to enter the contest can send an email with the subject line "Stonewall contest" to:

contest (at)

LindaBudz said...

Thanks, Llehn! Glad you liked it.

Sam, um ... maybe I'll see if my husband wants to take it to Wolverine while I check out 17 Again!

Danette Haworth said...


I've been there! I took the guided tour and the guy told us all about how people came out to watch the battle and PICNIC before they realized this was the real thing.

That area is full of amazing sites!

LindaBudz said...

It's a very pretty park, isn't it? Would be a lovely spot for a picnic ... right up until that first bullet whizzed by.

Kate said...

Thanks for the info. It's always great to hear about new books, and this one sounds fun!

LindaBudz said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kate! You should definitely check it out ... Stonewall's attitude would give Nic a run for her money (in a 12-year-old kind of way)!


Suzette Saxton said...

What a fun and fabulous book! I know someone who would love to own it - and I know I would love to read it as well.

Thanks, Linda, for the field trip. (And for pointing out the pecs!)


Chip and Ashley Donahue said...

Magnificent, lively read. My wife and I enjoyed it over the weekend. I think the book captures the spirit of adventure that still waits within a fifth or sixth grader!

Please check it out!

Chip and Ashley Donahue

LindaBudz said...

Suzette, definitely try it ... you'll like it!

Chip and Ashley, Thanks for backing me up on that! :)