Children's Book, The Potowatomi Boy

As a homeschool mom, finding good historical fiction for my kids has always been a priority. I've found it's the best way to teach history because it makes it come alive to the kids, and these books by my friend Lisa Lickle are great for just that. I've read and reviewed them and wish they had been around when my kids were younger. Green Leaf is perfect for boys, and that's a true treasure because it seems there's more books geared toward girls than boys. A story about an Indian boy has always been a sure way to capture the interest of my boys.

These books have my recommendation and I'm so glad I get to share them with you!

Green Leaf
The Potawatomi Boy
Lisa J Lickel, illustrated by Brenda Hendricks

About the Book:
Green Leaf’s cousins are all older than he and don’t like to play fair. He longs for a friend his own age he can play with, explore and fish with. When he meets a Luxembourger boy, Henri, Green Leaf is sure they could become friends, but Henri’s words are strange to Green Leaf. How can they play and explore together?

Green Leaf’s mother says, “Friends learn to speak one another’s words.” But will Green Leaf learn to say his friend’s words well enough to save Henri when he falls into danger?

Kindle - on special sale during December 1- 16, $.99
Also available in print from online retailers or from your favorite bookseller. $5.95

Ten years in the making, The First Children of Farmington series of early reader books has finally reached book sellers. I spent two years researching and writing this series. Several years after I worked with other community historians to collect and record our early pioneer history, I realized that we had quite a diverse ethnicity to Farmington, Wisconsin. Although these stories are based on real people and real events, they are representative of issues and struggles and joys families face every day everywhere.

The Potawatomi Boy is a character with a running thread through all the books. When I first started out with the project I was taking classes from the Christian Writers Guild. I set out to put together a series of picture books and connected with a couple of different artists. I wrote the text, but learned over several years that it’s harder to get the attention of a publisher for children’s books than it is for adult books. I’d never considered self-publishing, but through connections with my current illustrator and publishing partner, Brenda Hendricks, and others at the John 316 Marketing Network, learned a lot about not only self-publishing options, but how to publish well.

The second book in the series, The German Girl, is now available, as well, about a curious young girl who becomes lost while searching for the family cow, and the third book, The Saxon Boy, about a young boy who must learn to accept a stepfather, may be out by Christmas. I was quite surprised and pleased to have won a prestigious Jade Ring award for the Saxon Boy from the Wisconsin Writers Association. The other three stories, The Yankee Boy, The Irish Girl and The French Girl, are planned for release in 2014.

The books include references, glossaries, and special illustrations and a picture search. They are suitable for early to middle grades, ages 7-9 or so.

Also at Barnes and Noble and Booksamillion

From December 1 through December 16, the John 3:16 Marketing Network is hosting a Christmas Book Launch and The Potawatomi Boy is a featured book. As part of the event, the Network is offering a $200 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, go to Christian Books and enter the Rafflecopter toward the bottom of the page.

About the Author:
Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her published novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned dozens of feature newspaper stories, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, a hostess at Clash of the, and enjoys blogging at and She loves to encourage new authors. Find more at


  1. These stories look great! I will refer them to my daughter who homeschools her 8 children.

    Patty have you ever heard of The Sackett's Harbor Powder Monkey by Hope Marsten? She writes about a young boy who enlists during the War of 1812, whose job is to bring gunpowder charges to the men who fire the long canons. It's another good historical fiction resource. Hope is my sister in law's aunt who lives in northern NY.

    1. Bonnie! =] Lisa's books ARE great! =] I know my kids would've enjoyed them when they were younger.

      No, I've not heard of Hope's books. Will have to look them up! Thanks for telling me about them. =]

  2. How neat! We have a friend who is Potawatomi. It's wonderful when children can be exposed to different cultures and their sides of history...and I agree, historical fiction is the absolute best way to fall in love with history! :) Thanks for sharing with us, Patty...bless you!

    1. Thanks, Kiersti! I've been updating my web page of First Children this morning, putting in the language and legends and culture links.
      The illustrator, Brenda, even had the illustrations approved.


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