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Daughter of local teacher to hold book signings

| February 1, 2013

COSHOCTON – Marilyn’s Natural Foods, 430 Main St., will host a book signing for Bethany Thompson’s “Little Birdie,” a Civil War novel, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Newcomerstown Public Library in Newcomerstown, 123 E Main St., is also hosting a book signing for Thompson from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

Thompson’s mother, Susan Daugherty Thompson, taught second grade at Ridgewood’s West Lafayette Elementary for six years, and her father, Joe, is the director of the Ohio Wilderness Boys Camp, a therapeutic wilderness camp for emotionally troubled boys. Thompson’s uncle, Bill Daugherty, his wife, Caroline, and their family are well known in Coshocton’s community. Her cousins, Kristen, Kari, and Andi Daugherty have all been part of River View’s Lady Bears basketball team. Thompson’s grandfather, Martin Daugherty, and his wife, Greta, are still a part of the Daugherty farm. Thompson’s aunt, Patty Thompson, taught kindergarten for 38 years at Ridgewood’s West Lafayette Elementary before retiring in 2011.

At present, Thompson lives in Summerfield, with her family. She enjoys reading, playing recreational volleyball, writing, singing with her four sisters, and playing guitar and piano. In 2011, all five Thompson girls recorded a music CD.

Bethany’s newly-published novel, “Little Birdie,” is the story of Esther Sullivan’s journey to womanhood through the confusing and heartbreaking years of the Civil War. The compelling, realistic relationships in her life bring adventure, grief, faith and romance as she cares for others, despite all she has lost.

If you are looking for a heartwarming story to occupy a long winter evening, attend the book signings at Marilyn’s Natural Foods and the Newcomerstown Public Library to purchase your own copy of Little Birdie.

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