Laurel resident wins a national book award

When Laurel resident Patrick Young was a child listening to stories about Old Abe, an eagle that supposedly brought good luck to Union soldiers fighting in the Midwest during the Civil War, he never imagined he’d one day write a book about it, let alone win an award for his work.

But when the National Parenting Publications Awards judges announced their 2010 winners Nov. 1, Young’s nonfiction children’s book, “Old Abe, Eagle Hero: The Civil War’s Most Famous Mascot,” was among them.

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