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Austin Thacker at Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, Bisbee, AZ

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum | 5 Copper Queen Plz | Bisbee, AZ 85603

A down-on-his-luck cop is haunted by the scepter of his ailing wife as he patrols the streets of Tucson, Arizona.

Mark's life changes when he pulls over a teenage drug addict, Tyler Castillo. Following Tyler in an attempt to catch him in the act, Mark and Tyler end up in an accident and then the hospital, where Mark learns the truth about Tyler and those track marks that scar his arms.

Tyler's presence pulls Mark from his anger, his despair, and his unending sadness, and proves that one chance encounter can change everything.

A novel about first impressions, hope, and forgiveness, My Hand Mitten is an exciting debut by a promising young author.

Austin Thacker was the co-assistant editor of Ironwood Ridge High School newspaper. He is a survivor of stage IV non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. My Hand Mitten is his first novel. He was a finalist for Poetry Out Loud, won the Barnes & Noble Teacher Appreciation Award for an article he wrote about his favorite teacher, and won the Spotlight on Youth Award for Oro Valley. He lives with his family in Tucson, AZ.