Listen to the interview with Karen today at 7pm EST on Stories From Unknown Authors http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors She will also be offering a giveaway. Rules: Readers must follow me through GFC here and follow Karen at
http://walkingthroughwalls-kcioffi.blogspot.com and leave a comment. Giveaway lasts until beginning of November.
Karen Cioffi is an author and ghostwriter. Her new MG/YA fantasy book, Walking Through Walls, is based on an ancient Chinese tale.
Walking Through Walls is a tale that teaches readers that when we help others our lives feel more complete than when we just think of our own needs.
Wang was a 12 year-old boy who longed to be an Eternal. An Eternal was someone who possessed great power and who helped others, they were selfless people. Wang was a selfish boy and wanted power and wealth for himself, and he knew that he wouldn’t get that by slaving his days away in a field farming like his father. Many people in Wang’s village, including his family, tried to persuade Wang to forget his dream in becoming an Eternal and realize that his place was right with his family, but he refused to listen. After having a dream of an amazing red dragon with silver streaks throughout his long lean body, Wang decided to go into the mountains and find the Eternals to make his own destiny. He felt it was a sign.
The journey was long and treacherous. When he came to the point of doubting his decision, there it was, an amazing temple tucked high into the mountains. Wang was pleased when he discovered that there were indeed Eternals. The people of his village doubted their existence. Wang had become an apprentice of the Eternal living there, along with other children who wanted to help their families and villages. For a year Wang had finished whatever he was told to do. He worked hard, but he had never learned one bit of magic in all that time.
Wang was greatly disappointed, he wanted to become wealthy and was no closer to his goal then he was when he had arrived a year ago, or at least he thought. Before Wang gave up to go back home, he begged the Eternal to teach him some magic. He did. Wang had learned to walk through walls. Eager with this knowledge, Wang wanted to start on his path to riches, but will it be as rewarding as he thought?
This story was based off a Chinese folktale. The back of the book contains brief information about history and life in China, as well as questions to enhance reading and activities for readers to participate in. Readers who love folktales will also enjoy this 61 page one.
Every folktale has some type of moral, this one does as well. Wang knew right from wrong, and when he was put to the test and had to choose between his own selfish needs and the needs of others, that was where he found his true strength. Riches and wealth could not top that and he finally knew which path he had to take. Readers can relate to the dilemma and relish in the solution. Children will be able to learn from Wang’s emotions and trials, seeing things in their lives a little more clearly.
The book should be available through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and book stores by July 15, 2011.
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Please be sure to stop by Deb Hockenberry (http://thebumpyroadtopublishing.blogspot.com) on July 5th for the next stop on the Walking Through Walls Tour.
Title: Walking Through WallsAuthor: Karen Cioffi
Illustrator: Aidana Willow Raven
Publication Date: July 2011
Price: $14.99 paperback
Publisher: 4RV Publishing