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. You can purchase a collection of "Adventures with Toad & Wee" at ourstatestore.com.


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.


Toad & Wee: In With the Herd

Little flashes of paradise are everywhere in North Carolina — especially when you’re young and running free with alpacas on a farm in Forsyth County.


Toad & Wee: Strike It Rich

Young prospectors head to Hiddenite hoping for gemstones. Yet the most priceless nugget they uncover may be the lesson that value is in the eye of the beholder.


Adventures with Toad & Wee: I, BookBot

The Hunt Library at NC State University has books, sure. Yet simply being in the soaring, futuristic building is enough to make your imagination take flight.


Gingerbread Boys

We like to think that the holidays are all sweetness and light. But sometimes, it takes a little Christmas magic and a lot of gingerbread to restore comfort and joy.