The Hermit is the story of nine-year-old Timmy, who meets an old woman and a dog while he is out riding his bicycle. He discovers that the woman lives in a dilapidated old house and eats weeds. The two develop a friendship, but when the old woman suffers a stroke, Timmy is faced with the problem of finding help for her. While visiting her in the hospital, Timmy meets a reporter who is intrigued by this elderly, unidentified lady and is trying to find out who she is. Timothy is appalled that he has betrayed his friend and tries to rescue her again and hide her. At her insistence, Timmy and the reporter take her back to the place she calls home and let her keep the secret that they have only partially unlocked. (2003, paperback, 82 pages) Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days.