The Adventures from Hangar 1

Follow the adventures of five sixth grade friends and a mutt called Bandit. They live in the small town of Buena Vista, tucked away in the rugged mountains of Colorado. Tall mountains covered in dense forest, steep canyons and raging rivers are their playground, or at least they were.

And their club house, well, let’s just say that the tree house in Ben’s back yard lost its’ appeal. They have laid claim to a hangar built in the 1930s, the ghostly home of a forgotten old airplane.

According to Grandpa Jimmy, the owner of the hangar, if that remarkable plane could talk, it would tell a thousand stories of adventures and intrigue. He often says, with a smile and a wink, “this old bird is magical.”

The plane’s battered aluminum skin has long since lost its shine and one engine is missing. Obviously, it can’t be flown. Yet, when the gang steps inside and closes the door, it magically transports them into a world filled with adventures. One that only they believe exists.

Wrinkly Brinkly

Read the story of Wrinkly Brinkly, an insecure beaver living in a colony near the base of Pike’s Peak. His small size and wrinkled fur coat made him the target of
endless ridicule.

In the world of his dreams lived a much different beaver. He’s tall, strong and able to defeat the most feared of enemies. The dreams were so real that he believed they might come true. All he had to do was attempt to live one out. When he did, it ended in an irreversible tragedy, turning the colony against him.

He did the only thing he could, he retreated to the isolation of his lodge with a broken heart. And his story might have ended there if were not for a special visitor.

Were it not for a very special visitor his story may have ended there. This unseen visitor, the Spirit of the Forest, speaks directly to his heart and mind.

He teaches Wrinkly about the virtues of humility, service to others, unconditional love and forgiveness.

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Armed with these revelations and a dose of supernatural power, Wrinkly recovers and helps the colony through dangers. Eventually, as the respected leader of the colony, he comes face to face with their most feared enemy, the Black Ghost – a ruthless wolf at the center of the tragedy years earlier and responsible for the death of Wrinkly’s best friend, Gavi.

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What others are saying about Wrinkly Brinkly!

This is a MUST READ! My boys absolutely loved this book! They wouldn’t let me put it down! The lessons in this book were perfect for them and they were attached to the story.  The vocabulary was so great, challenging their young minds in all of the best ways and helping to grow and expand their ever evolving mental dictionaries.  I was so pleased with how much they enjoyed it, this will definitely make it into the book rotation!

– Emily Cruz

This is one of those books that when you start to read it, you CAN’T PUT IT DOWN! This is a delightful book, written for 8-12 year olds, that teaches a variety of character traits throughout the entire story. My seven-year old son loved this book and fussed every time I had to FORCE him to put it down (bedtimes and being on time for appointments are important, you know)!! He keeps asking if we can get more books by Grandpa Jimmy and is wondering what will happen to Brinkly, Bump, Willow, and the others.

With minimal prompting, he was able to determine spiritual references throughout the book, allowing for great conversations. If you’re looking for an age-appropriate page-turner for your elementary or middle school child, I HIGHLY recommend Wrinkly Brinkly by Grandpa Jimmy (aka Jim Ertel). I can only hope this book will be the start of a thrilling series for kids.

– Shannon L.

What a surprise this book was – written for 8-12 years old it kept this 62 year old grandpa in suspense until the very end with great story telling, action and adventure. There are few books written that help us navigate the waters of growing up, particularly with our flaws. Yet here is a story that not only does that but helps us to learn to listen to that still small voice as we navigate the waters we call childhood and life.

The settings where these animals live, learn, and teach us life lessons are vividly painted. It is a beautiful story of love and forgiveness that is perfect for helping young readers understand what is truly important just before they enter those difficult middle school or junior high years. I can’t wait for my grandchildren to be a couple of years older so that I can read this to them!

– Jesse Hartline

Great book for young readers! The story kept me interested. It wasn’t preachy and contained good life lessons for young readers. I look forward to reading it aloud to my grandchildren. There was enough drama and suspense to keep my 11-year-old grandson interested. The message was timely in this era of negativity.

– Jane Daly

I thought this was a great book for 8-12 year olds. The characters were well developed and endearing, and their adventures exciting and interesting. The author did a great job of tackling relevant issues that kids face today in a low-key manner that got the point across without being preachy. The story was engaging throughout and definitely makes you want to read more to find out what happens next! I highly recommend for the targeted age group.

– waywords, Amazon review

Grandkids loved it! Are there more stories coming? My grandkids are right at that age where they love for me to read them books, but get easily distracted by other things like TV and video games. So, I was pleasantly surprised when we opened this book, and read it cover to cover without any movement between them. I also like that the story has a good moral message. I’d recommend it.

– topsales21, Amazon review

Interesting and engaging! This is a well-written story with action and adventure that will keep middle-grade readers engaged, but yet free of raw language or dark overtones. I like that it addresses issues our kids face today such as bullying, misfits, the desire to be accepted, the ability to see each person’s unique ability. Hopefully the author will write a sequel.

– Karen Hardin

Leadership is about developing people and helping others reach their full potential. Wrinkly Brinkley is a wonderful character in this story for children. He explores many of the emotions that we all encounter during our lifetime. Wrinkly demonstrates one of the most important lessons we can ever learn; humility and the ability to esteem others above ourselves. I would highly recommend this book as an example in the skills of true leadership.


– Donna Leischner, Amazon review

Endearing woodland characters live out the adventures in this book 🙂 Suspense and danger build the backdrop (keeping a young person’s interest throughout), but the lessons of love, community and forgiveness are the take-aways. My grandson and I enjoyed it very much – Thanks Grandpa Jimmy!

– DebT., Amazon review

This book has interesting characters, a great story and a timely message of forgiveness.

– J. Perry, Amazon review