Drew Perry

Perry teaches writing at Elon University. His first novel, This Is Just Exactly Like You, was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan prize from the Center for Fiction, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution and a SIBA Okra pick. His second, Kids These Days, was an Amazon Best-of-the-Month pick and was named to Kirkus Reviews 'Winter's Best Bets' and 'Books So Funny You're Guaranteed to Laugh' lists.


Legends of the Fire

Coaxing a roaring blaze from nothing more than twigs and sheer will is a skill that is passed down for generations.


Toad & Wee: Building Memories

A quest to understand how boards and blocks become tables and chairs leads a pair of young woodworkers to a furniture factory in Burlington.


Toad & Wee: Scruffy Duffers

On a short course at Pinehurst Resort, a pair of putter boys learn the finer points of teeing up, playing through, and celebrating a good drive (quietly).


Toad & Wee: Slide & Splash

North Carolinians learn at an early age to brace themselves for the chilly thrill of zooming down Sliding Rock and plunging into the cold mountain water at the bottom.


Toad & Wee: Off to the Races

At Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury — where go-karts roar around a red-clay track — a family on the hunt for excitement hits pay dirt.


Toad & Wee: Another World

For beachgoers big and small, a trip to Jockey’s Ridge — the largest natural sand dune system on the East Coast — is like visiting a different planet.


Heirloom Earth

Letting kids discover what’s just over the horizon requires trust and faith, and yields the stewards of tomorrow.