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Grant and his sister visited a small village near Chitwan one day and were blown away by the friendliness of the charming children. They swarmed around Grant and he spent most of the morning playing with them and visiting their homes.
At one point, as the group walked past the village’s farmlands, the guide pointed to a few trails leading from the jungle to the crops. He said they were rhino trails and the animals would come out of the jungle at night to eat the crops. He said that in this village, the children would sometimes stand guard at night to try to stop the rhinos from destroying the crops.
Impressed by the bravery of these children, Grant began forming the idea for a story. And as he sat in the airport in Kathmandu, waiting to fly home, he wrote the first draft of Rhino Trouble on a piece of scrap paper.
A decade later, Rhino Trouble is now available online and in bookstores across the country. In honor of the incredible children who inspired the tale, Grant is donating all his proceeds from this book to The Umbrella Foundation, an international charity that provides housing, healthcare and education for at-risk children.
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A couple of years ago, Grant and his wife went on an unforgettable adventure in Germany. Their goal was to locate the crash site of a WWII fighter plane and see if they could recover any wreckage. The plane, a P-47 Thunderbolt, had been piloted by Grant's great-uncle, Grant Turley. Yes, Grant is named after his great-uncle. And although he never met Grant Turley in person, he has always looked up to him as a hero.
Grant Turley was a fighter pilot based out of England during the war. He took part in one of the largest bombing raids of the war on March 6, 1944. Tragically, he was shot down during the attack and the details of his death were never known.
In 2012, a German military researcher contacted the Turley family with news that he may have identified the crash site. The researcher had studied German military records and also found an eyewitness who had personally seen Grant Turley’s damaged P-47 crash into a lake on that dreadful day in 1944.
So Grant and his wife, Jennifer, traveled to Germany to join forces with a team of researchers at the site. Incredibly, they were able to recover multiple remnants from the plane. Grant brought these precious items back to the United States and gave them to Grant Turley’s four siblings (who were all living at that time).
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In 2005, Grant traveled to Nepal with his sister, Diana. After visiting with family friends in Kathmandu, the two of them spent a couple weeks visiting other parts of the country. The highlight of their trip was the time they spent exploring Chitwan National Park.
Chitwan is like a real-life Jungle Book, with wild elephants, tigers, rhinos, and monkeys roaming the forests and rivers.
Each morning, Grant and Diana would climb onto an elephant’s back and go trekking through the trees. On these outings, they often encountered wild rhinos and were amazed by their size and power.
Grant and Mike are currently working on their next picture book, which will take readers on a hair-raising adventure in the Himalayas.
Like Rhino Trouble, this story was inspired by people Grant met during his travels in Nepal. And as with Rhino Trouble, Grant is committed to using this new book as a way to raise awareness of the challenges facing the children of Nepal.
With a release date set for 2018, Grant and Mike have plenty of work to do. Watch for updates as they bring this new story to life!