A fast read full of humor and wit.
“Obedience is for dogs,” spouts Jay Roberts, a mischievous teen with a wicked sense of humor. Arrested for his involvement in a chop shop, Jay has two choices: go to juvenile detention or move to the impoverished Indian reservation his mother shunned fourteen years ago where his estranged grandfather will oversee Jay’s penance. Either way he won’t enjoy the fruits of his latest prank “Rat-Day”.
Jay doesn’t belong in the run-down village and vows to return to the city when his sentence over, if not sooner. He resents his frequently absent mother for making him move three weeks before school is over. A school where everyone calls him “Apple” for some reason. Jay goes through the motions of his community service while planning his escape. His plan to stop the school bully will either win him the respect of his peers or turn him into “apple sauce”.
Keeping everyone at arms length, Jay watches with indifference as family by family, the people move away. After thousands of years on their ancestral land the villagers have given up hope of survival. Gradually Jay learns to appreciate his Grampa and the quirky tribe members. When Grampa points to Orion’s belt, in the sky, Jay asks “If his belt fell down would we see a full moon?” and the two click.
Jay devises a plan to keep the village together protecting the history and tradition he is inherently a part of. When the plan threatens to fall apart can Jay reach out to the unreliable village alcoholic to pull them through?
Targeted Age Group: 12 and up
I live in Port Coquitlam, BC. a suburb close to Vancouver. It is a beautiful place to live and we are blessed with a trail close to our house which is perfect for enjoying the red cedars and douglas firs. My kids are grown up but live nearby so we still spend lots of time together. I am working on a second novel and have a few more children’s pictures that just need illustrating before being published. I have taken several writing classes at the UBC writing centre and have met some great professionals that have improved my writing immensely. I am always striving to be a better writer and love to read and travel. Travelling is a great way to find new characters.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have lived on the land of the First Nations people and never knew much about their culture. The book evolved as I learned of their struggles and their dreams for the future. It is such a wonderful culture that is part of Canada. It would be sad to lose any of the many tribes that live along the coast of BC but change is needed and we all need to help each other in order to preserve the amazing heritage that enriches all of us.