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World of Dawn: Arise

World of Dawn: Arise
   

A landslide sweeps away a van filled with troubled youth and when they dig themselves out, they realize they're not in their own world anymore.

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ISBN 9781514436592
Barcode 9781514436592
Published 14 March 2017 by XLIBRIS
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Gale, Shawn
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ISBN-13 9781514436592
ISBN-10 1514436590
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher XLIBRIS
Imprint Xlibris Us
Publication Date 14 March 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Gale, Shawn
Category Modern Fiction
Family, Home & Self Help
Number of Pages 242
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 14mm
Weight 358g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Fantasy fiction, Science fiction, Quests (Expeditions), Imaginary places, Bildungsromans
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 974965

Description of this Book

The year is 2014 and Tanner Kurtz finds himself residing at a farm for troubled youth, Halton House, in Washington State. It's run by Brad Conroy, a retired marine and advocate for alternative sentencing. Conroy and his staff work doggedly to help the young men who reside on the farm grow into mature, responsible adults. Instead of exploiting weaknesses, the staff at Halton House have a mandate to foster strengths, choosing to see the possibilities, not the limitations.On a spring evening (landslide season in the Pacific Northwest), the boys from Halton House finish playing a three-on-three basketball game against a local prep school. After losing the game, they head for home with Brad Conroy, Mimi, the social worker, as well as Conroy's nieces, Anna and Tabby, who are visiting from San Francisco over the spring break. When they come to a road crew clearing a landslide, they learn the highway will be closed until morning. They're faced with a dilemma: return to the city for the night and miss Hena give birth to her colt (an event they've been waiting months to witness), or take the three hour rugged mountain detour on Windigo Road. They vote for the latter, and after a brief stop, they begin to ascend the mountain.They've only been on the mountain a few minutes when suddenly a landslide strikes the van and sweeps it away in a wave of earth, rock, and timber. When Tanner awakens, he finds they've been buried alive inside the van. He rouses the others. They begin to dig out of their steel tomb. Once all out (after narrowly escaping the van before it plunges into a canyon) they realize they're not in Kansas anymore. In the sky are three massive ringed planets, and in the distance towering trees like skyscrapers spear the clouds. It's a primeval landscape similar to Earth yet at the same time vastly different. Cut, addled, and bruised, the group tries to make sense of the alien world they now find themselves in. They're soon taken in by the Sawnay tribe. They learn the Sawnay intentionally left Earth through a stargate four hundred years earlier, after their shamans foresaw the ravages that would be caused by Europeans.Joining a party of Sawnay who are seeking the cause of a poison in the land, the group embarks on a journey to find a way home, a journey that will test their character, beliefs, faith in themselves, and faith in one another. At every step of the way, malignant forces seem to conspire against them-giant voracious birds, ravenous flesh-eating beetles, and Dejunga and his braves from the cannibalistic Wenda tribe sent by the mysterious One Who Knows. World of Dawn is a coming of age story in which the journey to find a way home becomes a quest to save a world.

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Author's Bio

Shawn Gale writes on Canada's West Coast. He is a graduate of the Fraser Valley Writers School, where he earned a Master's diploma. He graduated from Humber Colleges School for Writers with a Letter of Distinction. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing at Bircham International University. He was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Creative Writing department from 2014-2017, where he earned two certificates in screenwriting. His stories have been published in anthologies and periodicals in the US and Canada. He is the author of the acclaimed, award-nominated story collection The Stories That Make Us. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed YA fantasy series World of Dawn. He is a member of Burnaby Writers Society and The Writers' Union of Canada https: //www.writersunion.ca/member/shawn-gale.

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