“A family pulls together in the face of the depression. Seen through the eyes of a young boy and his adventures with rattlesnakes, sink holes and a snorting old dog. Highly detailed and full of love for family.”
—Margaret Read MacDonald, author of over 60 books, award-winning storyteller, renowned folklorist, called the Grand Dame of Storytelling by School Library Journal
“Lockett’s “straight-line’ storytelling is impressive. His words swirl around the reader so well the scenes are focused and clear as he helps readers take a step-back-in-time in his masterfully told story. Like any great storyteller, Lockett’s pacing and style has the reader ankle-deep in the story smoothly and effortlessly. The House on the Top of the Bottoms gives readers a rare opportunity to walk around a house of history, peeking through the windows and understanding the daily life during the Depression. Mike Lockett has created a wonderfully rich jigsaw puzzle right down to the exciting part where all the pieces come together to create a whole.”
—Mike Anderson, educator, author, storyteller
“Who but the Normal Storyteller, Mike Lockett, would provide us with such an intense and intriguing character study of the 1930’s depression through the eyes of a 12 year old boy. The story touches on many of the customs and life routines that families lived through during the Great Depression. At the same time, the universal coming of age of Michael will be interesting and relatable to any middle school learner. A very enjoyable read!
—Linda Farrugia, educator. administrator, Senior Educational Consultant—RLJF Educational Resources, Inc.
“The House at the Top of the Bottoms was a great read! I particularly liked the way the family worked to find normalcy in the ruins of their lives and succeeding. The characters of Michael, Sissy and Pal were vividly drawn with the depth of the rest of the characters thoughtfully sketched to add to the story.”
—Kathy Kniery, educator and storyteller
Release: October, 2020
Paperback • $14.95 • 978-1-62491-151-4
256 Pages @ 5.5” x 8.5”
E-book • $9.99 • 978-1-62491-152-1
Mike Lockett, a professional storyteller who tours the USA and overseas annually, has performed in seventeen countries including Canada, France, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Ireland, Palestine, and South Korea. Lockett lives in Normal, IL. This is his twenty-seventh book.