W.S. Childress: Ronnie Willow and the Silver Mask

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Join us as we welcome local author W.S. Childress for a talk about his new young adult novel Ronnie Willow and the Silver Mask at the Sandwich Public Library on Wednesday, December 14th at 4:30pm. 

Books will be for sale at the event, with a book signing after the talk. If you can't make it to the event and would like a signed/personalized copy of the book, you can order below or give us a call at 508-888-2331.  


Ronnie Willow is published by Sea Crow Press, a woman-owned publisher based in Barnstable, MA.

A brass key
A lost diary
A forgotten mystery.

What secrets lie buried in an idyllic Cape Cod Town?

As Ronnie Willow begins her freshman year at a new high school on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, she finds a mysterious diary in the hold of an old sailboat. Her search for clues about the author leads to the cold case of a missing person. Suddenly, she and her friends must scramble to solve the rapidly warming puzzle before getting scorched themselves. As she searches for answers, Ronnie also searches for herself and her place in her new community.

Author W.S. Childress understands the adolescent heart-where being with friends and facing a grand adventure pack every moment with drama. 

Who is diarist Ruth Gardner? What was her tragedy? And why are the community's adults desperate to keep Ronnie Willow from learning more? The answers reveal more than a scandal; they put the protagonist and her friends in peril.

In this novel populated by memorable characters, the adults of Cape Cod aren't the only characters with secrets. There's hunkster Bailey Prince, exuberant Sophie, attention-starved Kota, and bubbly Bridget. Is the gifted and mysterious Ms. Eldwyn an ally or adversary? Why is Mrs. Coggeshall so brusque? And what inner battle is Ronnie's mother fighting?

This Cape Cod adventure and clue-solving takes place amidst sand dunes, kettle ponds, birch trees, schooners, and skiffs. Other locations include Barnstable Harbor, Saddle Rock, Hoxie Academy, Colonial-style homes, and Sandy Neck. With this vivid backdrop, Ronnie follows the clues, even while negotiating an awkward crush and showdown with the principal.

If you want to fall in love with a place, characters, a hair-raising plot, and adolescence itself, Ronnie Willow and the Silver Mask is a great hang.


W. S. Childress is a high school English teacher beginning his tenth year of teaching in Sandwich, MA. Currently, he is writing a YA fiction series of novels set on Cape Cod and is the author of Ronnie Willow & the Silver Mask. Mr. Childress, who lives in Dighton, is currently serving as chairman of the English Language Arts Department at Sandwich High School. Before moving to Massachusetts, Mr. Childress lived in North Carolina, where he also taught high school English along with theater, public speaking, creative writing and yearbook.

Event address: 
Sandwich Public Library
142 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Ronnie Willow and the Silver Mask By W. S. Childress Cover Image
ISBN: 9798985008043
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Sea Crow Press - August 9th, 2022