Author of SAVING MISS OLIVER'S & NO IVORY TOWER

SAVING MISS OLIVER’S, the first in the series, is available on the order page here and at Amazon Books, and Amazon Kindle and Nook: A young, school administrator, grieving for his daughter, recently killed in a car accident, naively accepts the headship of Miss Oliver’s right after the dismissal of the beloved, charismatic headmistress who had been in office for thirty-five years. The best way to be loyal to her is to be disloyal to him.

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NO IVORY TOWER, Miss Oliver’s School for girls, beloved of its alumnae for the empowerment of women, is under attack, and it is up to Rachel Bickham, the young African-American head of school to defend it, in her very first year. She is not about to let the school, with its curriculum designed by women for the way women learn, be hurt by the right-wing radio talk show host who reveals a sex scandal involving one of the students. He’s proxy for every insult to women since time began. She fights him with a daring strategy that puts her job on the line, and in the process learns that it is not the sensational problems, but the quiet ones at the core that threaten the most.

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Stephen Davenport is currently writing THE ENCAMPMENT: In order to protect its reputation, seriously damaged by events related in NO IVORY TOWER, Miss Oliver’s School for Girls has made it explicit to all the students and their parents that the consequence for entertaining a male, other than a member of one’s immediate family, in one’s dorm room is automatic and immediate expulsion from the school. But two students, roommates, one of whom is the daughter of the Head of School, take seriously the school’s core values: empathy, compassion and service. Their trouble starts on a warm September Sunday when on a walk to the village to get ice cream cones they come across a homeless man. They give him money.  Later, they bring him food where he lives in a lean-to in the woods. They learn that he is a veteran of the Iraq War, probably suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Still later, though stealing is the other wrongdoing for which the consequence, if caught, is automatic expulsion, they steal warm clothes from the Outdoor Adventure equipment shed and bring them to him. Then winter comes. It is freezing outside, and a blizzard is forecast. He could freeze to death. Have they done all they can for him? Have they done enough? What is enough?

Stephen Davenport is also working on a series of short stories tracing the life of Miss Oliver’s legendary teacher, Francis Plummer.

See THE LAST VISIT in the online literary magazine Amarillo Bay. And, also in Amarillo Bay: MOTORCYCLE SUNDAY.