Like most of us, this week’s guest judge Greta Burroughs loves reading so much she’s never far from a book. While she loves all kinds of genres, her current favorite is fantasy. Perhaps that’s why her latest series focuses on Wee People.
As a preschool and elementary teacher, Greta spent her time trying to instill her own love of reading into her young charges. Although she isn’t teaching anymore, she still strives to bring young minds into the multiple worlds they can explore through reading. A really nice touch in her work is the highly visual way in which she tells her stories. She attributes this to her years of reading stories aloud to her students and seeing the way they reacted to storytelling.
Greta currently lives in South Carolina with her husband and three dogs. She has published six books so far including three children’s books, two MG/YA fantasy books and a nonfiction account of her experiences with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP – “Heartaches and Miracles”.
This week, Greta Burroughs and Vickie Johnstone bring you the ‘Inspiring Teens Blog Hop‘. It coincides with Teen Read Week 2013, which aims to get teenagers reading! We hope to bring you a fun week in which you can meet writers and win their books, and enter a competition to win a $10 Amazon gift card. There are 35 authors of middle-grade and YA books and 27 bloggers taking part, so that’s 35 fantastic giveaways!
In Gerald and the Wee People, Gerald and his best friend Vernon literally fall into a new world when responding to a plea for help. Up to that point, only Gerald had been capable of watching the daily activities in a tiny village within an unusual clearing in the woods, but when strange creatures began attacking the village, Vernon agrees to help his friend.
Here is an excerpt from the story:
It was always at the same location, a small circular clearing only about twenty feet across that looked to Vernon like his Irish uncle’s stories of Fairy rings. The undergrowth all around was very thick but this small patch of ground was always clear.
Vernon was very suspicious about that place. He did not like it at all. It always seemed that no matter what direction the boys started out walking through the woods, they always eventually wound up at the clearing.
A vision did not come to Gerald every time they came to the clearing, but when it did, it took him into another world. He would stop walking and talking and go very still as if he was in a trance. The first couple of times Gerald froze up, it only lasted for a few minutes. Luckily he came out of his trance before Vernon could panic, but as time went on the trances got longer and the visions more detailed.
Gerald would tell his friend about what he had seen but it was very hard for Vernon to believe the wild tales. They were always centered on a small village where the wee people lived. The village seemed to be from a medieval time with little people going about doing their business. There were men, women and children working and playing, farming, shopping in the small stores or just standing around and talking.
But lately, something different appeared that did not fit in with the rest of the tranquil scene. At the blacksmith’s shop, a couple of men were occupied making swords and knives instead of the usual household implements and farming tools.
With each vision, the piles of weapons got bigger and bigger. It did not make sense until Gerald started seeing strange creatures hanging around outside the walls of the village. This addition to the scene had started about a year ago and the wee people’s activities were no longer the same. They were constantly looking over their shoulders towards the wall with very worried looks on their faces.
To find out what happens when Gerald and Vernon finally meet the wee people and get drawn into their struggle, you’ll have to check out Greta’s book. She’s offering a free copy to this week’s winner, but if we impress her enough, she might just decide to offer a free copy to each of the finalists! In the meantime, what kind of imaginative prompt do you think she has in store for us?