Famine. A giant eagle. And a boy who would be prey.
A storyteller weaves an adventure of a Native American boy challenged to save a family of eagles or become their meal. With famine looming for animals and humans, the boy, Naa’ki, labors to feed the eagles and learn their wisdom. As a reward for his help, he begs the eagles to teach him to fly. Naa’ki battles fear and wind in his struggle to soar with the eagles. And he attempts to convince his people that the disappearance of the salmon is due to their actions. To succeed, he will have to give up his future.
The story combines myth, environmental awareness, and the concept of working together. It is a short middle grade novel with illustrations.
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How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
The trailer was produced for me by the good folks at eWords4kids when my book won their O.W.O.W Award for book cover design. They made an excellent video, but I would have used some of the illustrations in the book. The illustrator, Laura Leikona, did an incredible job with both the cover design and the interior illustrations. Some of her artwork would have enhanced the trailer.
I’m not sure trailers help sell books unless they are highly unusual and go viral, but I do think they are a good idea, especially with children’s books. Todays kids are very visual and a short, interesting trailer will grab them. I plan to have trailers for all my books.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I grew up almost living in the local library. Reading was my escape and the library was my portal. I loved boys adventure stories and have been amazed at the reports that say boys don’t read. So I decided to write the kind of stories I remembered. Stories of friendships that endure through adversity and danger. Adventures that inspire and educate, and, most of all, entertain.
A spellbinding storyteller of high adventure, Ben has walked the Great Wall of China, hiked in Tibet, and climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest. And recently learned to surf in Hawaii.
Ben is active in SCBWI and a member of a local children’s writing critique group. He is a former Marketing Manager for a major corporation and ran his own marketing consulting business. He started writing children’s stories in 2008 and has written picture books, middle grade and young adult. Ben lives in Kentucky with his wife Lynda.