By Trudie L. Hayes
The first day of a new school year in a new school is always a little intimidating and confusing. But for Otis, Chandler, and Marissa the confusion goes to new extremes. Are you ready to be confused and confounded?
Chandler comes from a well-to-do family who has fallen on hard times (not the hard times an average middle income family experiences). This change has resulted in Chandler having to attend a public school for the first time - talk culture shock.
Otis is a smart kid who lives with his grandmother. But some random testing determined that Otis needed attend a different school than the one he had been attending - one that better met his needs.
Marissa's family has split. Her mother works hard to at both her job and as a single mother to 2 kids. Finances are tight and Marissa's growth spurts keep her awkwardly aware of her lack of "proper attire".
But it is the getting to school that proves most challenging. A bully on the bus, a falling shoe, and a run-in with a bus all work together to introduce our 3 main characters before they even reach school.
Are you a tad confused - well our three new friends are about to become even more confused, taking us along with them. First off there is are two (2) ancient group of beings who are at war - one good the other evil and Otis, Marissa, and Chandler are about to be recruited to join in.
Here is where the real confusion starts - these 3 "heroes" are quickly drawn into their new roles without much information. They have a job to do and not much to work with. Think of it this way - you've never baked a cake before and you are told to make one from scratch. You have no recipe to follow but you do have a bunch of ingredients some of which you are pretty certain would never make their way into a cake. Can you do it? Time to find out.
Oh, yes, they can travel through time to complete the tasks they have been given and they have to avoid the enemy who can look just like a regular person. Traveling through time can affect your age or not - I'm not really sure why some are affected and others not, I'm guessing it depends of the assignment.
I think of the three I like Chandler the best he seems to truly care about those around him. Marissa and Otis do a lot of verbal fighting and seem to carry a really big chip on their respective shoulders. The ending is rather a shock - I'm assuming the way it ended that there will be a second book. If I had to describe this book in a few words I say odd, confusing, and different.
I was provided an uncorrected advance copy of this book through iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review and tour participation.
About the Book:
It was the first day of school and anxieties were running high. For certain there was the excitement of moving up a grade, but there was also the dread of anything and everything that could go wrong. Not only were the possibilities endless, they were totally out of your control. Whether or not you were accepted rested squarely on the shoulders of the popular kids. Suppose you were too short or too tall; too smart or not smart enough; too rich or too poor; or just plain different?
These thoughts were fresh on the minds of Otis, Chandler and Marissa. Three pre-teens whose paths had never crossed, although they lived in the same town in Connecticut. Their backgrounds were so diverse they may as well have lived worlds apart. That was all about to change when on their way to school a series of bizarre events lump them together. Literally!
Join them on this unreal journey to alternate realities never before revealed. Go back in time to a parallel past, the All Agos. Coexist in a present experience that mirrors your own, the Ne’er Now. Finally and with greater understanding, manifest in a future of your creation, the Will Be Once.
Then you will have come closer to achieving ...as it should.
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About the Author:
Trudie L. Hayes’ personal story and family life influenced her mission to spread the core values of self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-love to children and persons of all ages. An affiliation with physically and mentally disabled adults and children spanning many years is a major contributing factor. The caregiver role has been paramount throughout much of her life, even while furthering her education or working full-time in a corporate setting.
These experiences have given her a deep understanding of the trials and struggles associated with a compromised existence. As well as the inspiration and joy derived from living life to one's personal best.
It is through these myriad life experiences that Hayes began writing and registering several related trademarks. With a grander vision of promoting confidence and self-worth.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Hayes still calls the Nutmeg State home. The oldest of two children, she remains close to her siblings. When Hayes is not writing or managing her business, she dedicates her time to other creative outlets and artistic pursuits. Hayes has a deep appreciation and passion for music in its many forms; she enjoys writing song lyrics, performing, and has an affinity for Jazz.
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