Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Promo - Spotlight on "Saving Fort Smoky"

I have a treat for all of you today.

I first heard about Jenna Gustafson on Shannon O'Donnell's blog, Book Dreaming. Jenna has written a book, called "Saving Fort Smoky", and - get this - she's only 15 years old! The story started off as a class assignment, then she decided to turn it into a book.

I think this is a major achievement! When I was fifteen, I was still working on getting stories finished. I didn't get anywhere near having them published.

Here's the book blurb (from Goodreads):

There's only one hope for Fort Smoky to survive. After a devastating fire ravages the homes of Fort Smoky, it's up to young Ben Clearwater and his sister and friends to help the residents and get to Fort Futureland to save the people before the harsh, cold winter sets in. To get there, they will have to trek through unknown mountains, relying on Running Wind's compass and Big Jim's maps of the land while struggling against the harsh forces of Mother Nature.

Fort Futureland is a place of new and interesting contraptions, like cars and computers, the four children have never seen, and they are captivated. But the children soon uncover a sinister plot to destroy their beloved Fort Smoky. Will they be able to stop the evil leaders of Fort Futureland? Will they ever make it home? Will they be heroes for Saving Fort Smoky?

I think it sounds a heartwarming adventure story for children, and I might find myself buying it for my nephews when they're a little bit older. Here's where you can get it from:

Amazon: (UK) (US)


Anonymous said...

Wow, what an achievement... I wish I wrote something when I was 15. Going to check out the book on Goodreads:)

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm impressed with Jenna. I took a creative writing course in 10th-grade, but never considered trying to become published. I wish her success!

Steven Whibley said...

fifteen??? Egads! What a great accomplishment. Thanks for sharing this book with us.

PS - you have an awesome looking blog! Very well designed!

C D Meetens said...

TF: Exactly what I thought. I was still in my write a bit of this and bit of that, rather than complete anything phase.

Theresa: Taking a creative writing course in 10th grade sounds impressive to me.

Steven: You're welcome, and thank you :). I love it, although I can't take credit. The design came from the awesome Parajunkee.

Candy Fite said...

Fascinating and inspiring accomplishment for this young woman! I, too took a creative writing class in high school. Our class published a book of poems that year. I still have mine! I have two poems in there. I'll always treasure it.

With the recent devastating fires here in southeast Texas, it may be a good idea for her to email the school districts, especially Bastrop County and Waller & Montgomery Counties to see if they'd be interested in her book! Thousands of families lost their homes in the two major fires. Maybe the fire departments in the counties would be helpful in promoting the book, too. Just some ideas you might pass on to her. ;)

Mina Burrows said...

What an accomplishment! And at such a young age too. The book sounds adorable. Thanks for sharing.

C D Meetens said...

Candy: Thanks for the great ideas.

Mina: You're welcome :).

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