Today, I'm excited by the release of my first middle grade book, ZACH'S AMAZING DREAM MACHINE, by Muse Publishing. I wrote the story originally for my granddaughter Maren. She's a precocious young lady, and at age ten, she already reads serious novels. Adult novels. And understands them.
I mean, seriously, folks, how does a ten year old do that? Oh oh, you caught on, didn't you? I asked the question because I have an answer; not necessarily the only answer, but it's the one in this case. Maren's mom, my daughter, is an English teacher whose specialty is helping thirteen and fourteen year olds learn how to read books of substance with understanding. That, in itself, is not a guarantee of success for children of teachers, but it is a start. Having the example of an adult who doesn't need pictures to help her get the jist of reading material, helps.
Now I have to step back to avoid the risk of boasting about my family. But, for those of you who want your kids to read with understanding, your personal example is a strong one. Sadly, there is much about current education trends that screams 'dumbing down' our children, but we can step up to the challenge if we care enough to do so. JMHO
Now to my new book. Zach Mason is thirteen, going on twenty-five, and is embroiled in controversy. He idolizes his grandfather Gentry and turns in writing projects, asserting that the imaginative exploits in the stories are true revelations of his granddad's youth.
Challenged to prove his assertion, he uses his genius IQ and his dad's expertise with computers to dream up a machine that pulls thoughts out of his head and presents them in online videos. His invention works, but teaches him lessons about human nature he'd not anticipated.
ZACH'S AMAZING DREAM MACHINE is seventy pages, twenty-three thousand words, and is available at: www.museituppublishing.com. Go to my (Pat Dale) author page for more info about the book, and to see what else I've been up to in the fiction world. ZADM will also be available at Amazon,com, Barnes&Noble.com, and at other sites as well.
Next week, I'll get back to more writing tips. Promise. Meanwhile, please forgive me my BSP? Cheers,