Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Writing & Linguistics (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Professor Amanda Schumacher


The Magical Path of Hickory Falls in an early reader chapter book for children to develop a love of reading and an understanding of the disabled community. Three children with varying disabilities (and one adorable little service dog) find their own adventure when their town’s playground does not accommodate their needs. When a magic portal appears, they find themselves stuck with no way home and a lost item from a mysterious person named Ada. The kids have to work together to make their way to Ada, and hopefully back home to Hickory Falls, without leaving anyone behind. Elements of adventure, magic, and friendship create a fun reading experience for children ages five to nine years, while disability themes will help them learn how to accept and accommodate themselves and others.

Available for download on Tuesday, March 31, 2026