“Obedience is for dogs,” spouts Jay; an out of control thirteen year old.
Arrested for being at a chop shop, Jay can either go to juvenile
detention or move to the poor Indian reservation his mother shunned fourteen years ago where his estranged grandfather will oversee Jay’s penance.
Jay’s latest prank,’rat day’, may have to happen without him.
Thirteen year old graffiti artist Jay Roberts is caught in a shakedown of the chop shop in his favourite alley. With no one to back up his innocence, Jay is given a choice, either juvenile detention or six months on his mother’s run down Indian reservation where his estranged grandfather will oversee the punishment.
Confined to the village, Jay feels claustrophobic and used. He continues his destructive behaviour; shooting a crow, breaking curfew and hitch-hiking back to the city. His social worker, thick-ankles Thornton, is anxious to catch Jay in the act and send him to youth detention. The kids of the village treat Jay as an outsider, calling him “Apple”. To survive, Jay is forced to confront Miles, the school bully. Jay’s creative problem solving will either neutralize Miles and win the respect of his peers or turn him into “Apple” sauce.
Jay’s resentment is slowly chipped away as he gets to know the quirky villagers. Grampa reveals their rich heritage through storytelling and totem pole carving which may be lost as more people are forced to move away. Will Jay choose to stay and fight for the vanishing village of his ancestors or will he return to the city he calls home?
Because of the Moon is a funny and heart-warming story about standing up for yourself, discovering who you are and fighting to preserve your culture and heritage.
My parents are Irish immigrants and worked hard to provide a good life for their four children. I am grateful to them for the sacrifices they made by moving away from their family.
Having three cultures; Canadian, Irish and First Nations to draw upon has made me a better writer with unique perspectives bound together by tradition and family. Attending the UBC writing centre has helped me organize my thoughts and polish my prose.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I grew up in BC and didn’t know anything about the First Nations culture. I have lived on their land my whole life and felt I should know more about their culture. I learned of their struggles and mistreatment and wanted to write a positive message to everyone to be inspired to change what they don’t like instead of blaming someone else or waiting for someone to do the right thing.