Sheila W. Slavich resides in the historic Griggs Home with her family. She is an alumna of Auburn University where she studied literature and journalism and completed her degree with a study abroad at Oxford. Before writing a novel, she worked as a journalist and later as a speechwriter for two Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justices and as the Court’s Public Information Officer.
Sheila is currently available for book signings and speaking engagements. She is also working on her sequel to "Jumpin’ the Rails!".
Jumpin' the Rails!
“Jumpin’ the Rails!” is a time-travel adventure set in the American Civil War and present day.
Two small-town Alabama boys, Aleks and Adam, grow up in the midst of Civil War reenactments at the Fort, but when they discover a time window in the backyard of The Griggs House, their real-life 1860s adventure begins. They travel on the nineteenth century railroad and it takes them to legendary battles and places. They come face-to-face with Oates, Lee and Pickett's Charge, meet their ancestors and encounter hostile Johnnies and Yanks. The teenage boys are much like spectators at a football game but what they once considered a game turns real at Gettysburg and through a turn of events the best friends become separated and gain the attention of those who will stop at nothing to gain knowledge of time-travel.
Awards and Recognition
- 2017 Literary Classics Gold Award for Middle School Science Fiction, CLC Silver Award for Tween Historical Fiction and CLC Gold Award for Best Cover
- 2017 Literary Classics Seal of Approval
- Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Silver Award for Young Adult Fiction