Short stories by Walter D. Edmonds.
Walter "Wat" Dumaux Edmonds (July 15, 1903 – January 24, 1998) was an American writer best known for historical novels. One of them, Drums Along the Mohawk (1936), was adapted as a Technicolor feature film in 1939, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert. Edmonds was born in Boonville, New York. In 1919 he entered The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut. Originally intending to study chemical engineering, he became more interested in writing and worked as managing editor of the Choate Literary Magazine. He graduated in 1926 from Harvard, where he edited The Harvard Advocate, and where he studied with Charles Townsend Copeland. He married Eleanor Stetson in 1930. In 1929, he published his first novel, Rome Haul, a work about the Erie Canal. The novel was adapted for the 1934 play The Farmer Takes a Wife and the 1935 film of the same name. Drums Along the Mohawk was on the bestseller list for two years, second only to Margaret Mitchell's famous 1936 novel Gone with the Wind for part of that time. Edmonds eventually published 34 books, many for children, as well as a number of magazine stories. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1960 and the Newbery Medal in 1942, for The Matchlock Gun, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 1976, for Bert Breen's Barn. When Eleanor died in 1956, Walter married Katherine Howe Baker Carr, who died in 1989. Walter Edmonds died in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1998.
Listing 4 stories.
A young boy must travel for help to his neighbor’s house in the middle of a winter storm, but he’s haunted by a mysterious black wolf.
A boy watches as his father takes up the sport of caterpillar racing. When the father's caterpillar faces a scheming and clever opponent, the father risks everything to beat him.
An old bar cleaner, resentful of the new ownership, decides to play a trick that has drastic consequences.
A twelve-year-old boy tries to impress his father by working for his father's dock loading crew. However, his father is difficult to impress and can even be violent.