THE FAMILY TREE Book Launch – Saturday 11/11 at The Broadway in Rock Island!

Shellie Moore Guy’s new book, The Family Tree, is now available! And to celebrate, the author is hosting a book launch at The Broadway (2115 4th Ave. Rock Island, IL) on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The author will discuss her book, answer questions, and sign books. You can learn more at the event page here.

Also: thanks to grant support from the Regional Development Authority and the Scott County Regional Authority, MWC has books available to distribute at no cost to schools, libraries, educational services, and youth service agencies. Teachers/admins/etc. — if you are interested in getting copies, please contact Ryan Collins to get more information.


The Family Tree, written by Shellie Moore Guy and illustrated by Gwen Ballard Patton, tells the real-life story of Charley Wilson and Sandy Terry, two brothers who escaped slavery to join the Union Army to fight for the freedom of their people during the Civil War. Learn how the brothers lived during slavery, how they escaped, and what they did during their time as soldiers. Follow their families as they settle following the war and how they and their descendants become important people in their new communities. The book includes a study guide and is perfect for classroom/educational reading.

You can order a copy of The Family Tree today from our online bookstore. If you are interested in a bulk and/or educational order, please contact MWC for information about discounts.

This book is made possible by the generous support of the Scott County Regional Authority, the Regional Development Authority, the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, Illinois Humanities, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.