Sunday, March 10, 2013

Day Four - The Two Friends Project


Charley Bear

Tobey and Charley were the inspiration for Frank and Caffey.

We’ve worked on this book for several years and have enjoyed every moment of the experience. Now, we’ve moved into the next phase – marketing The Wayward Gifted – Broken Point. Mike and I are busy working to find our audience and let them know that the book is available.

Do you remember the old Faberge shampoo commercial from years ago – and she told two friends and so on, and so on  - I thought about that yesterday and began wondering if the idea would work for us. I'd like to give it a try.

I’m asking that you copy this message and email it to two friends who you think might be interested in reading our book, and ask that they do the same thing, and so on, and so on…

If they're interested, they can follow the links below and learn more. If not, we'd appreciate having it passed to two more people.

This is the our book description:

When their mother moves the family more than a thousand miles from the only home they have ever known, Samantha and Steuart DuBoise struggle to adjust. Armed with unique talents, and the encouragement of their grandmother, the children discover a universe filled with challenge, and magical adventure in this coming of age novel by Donna K. Childree and Mike L. Hopper.

Here's a review of the book:

Elegant and Compelling, March 8, 2013
By Pop Bop
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This review is from: The Wayward Gifted - Broken Point (Kindle Edition)
This book defies attempts at categorization - by genre, by target audience, or by pretty much any other measure. The best short description I can come up with is this - if Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and William Faulkner had collaborated on the most literate Twilight Zone episode ever conceived, the result might have been something like this.

It's very hard to write anything else without touching on possible SPOILERS, but I'll try. (And know this at the outset: this is not anywhere nearing being a standard issue middle grade magical adventure romp, despite the impression that you might get from the brief Amazon description.)

We start with Steuart and Samantha, ten and twelve year old siblings, late at night on the crumbling sleeping porch of the southern mansion they share with their mentally unstable adoptive mother. They have a long, languid, awkward and rambling conversation that establishes their own idiosyncrasies, and firmly places them in an elegant YA southern gothic world. They are innocent lost souls surrounded by confusing adult disharmony. It feels like the first act of a Williams memory play, (and I'm not sure that their surname being "DuBoise" is a coincidence.)

Now, I say "YA", (and Amazon lists this as a "children's" and "coming of age" book), but I don't know if you could call this YA or middle grade just because the protagonists are children. (Is "The Turn of the Screw" a children's book just because children feature so prominently?) It sort of seems young adult or even middle grade because there are no "adult" themes - no sex, no violence, no focus on adult preoccupations. And the point of view is always drawn to and from Steuart and Samantha, with virtually all of the dialogue involving one or the other or both of the children, and everything that happens being filtered through their perceptions.

But that said, the quality of the writing is in a whole different world from anything else I've read recently in the YA/middle grade category. There is elegant word play; there is dialogue as sharp as broken crystal; there is atmosphere, mood, and sly humor. This is demanding and rewarding material. I could see this book captivating a confident and patient young reader. This is a book that could make a lasting impression.

You'll note that I haven't mentioned the plot. Out of deference to its Twilight Zoneness, I would just say that it incorporates, subtly and over the course of the book, the best aspects of the Zone's uncanny, unnerving and vaguely threatening aesthetic in a very satisfying way.

PLEASE NOTE - The book is available on Kindle, but the person reading does not have to own one. Kindle books can be read on the computer or on a smart phone. Here is the link for the Kindle app.

The book can be found at Amazon Kindle.

We'd love to know if you decide to participate. You can leave a comment here, on our facebook page, or send a personal note. We're interested in your thoughts. Thanks much! Donna and Mike