In five days I will turn 52…and as a birthday present to myself I am releasing The Blue Butterfly. I am very excited about this prospect. It has been a journey; research on time travel, researching the places my characters, Mollie and Jack, travel to. I love the cover. Here it is:
And I really like the characters. Jack and Mollie are well spoken, intelligent children from a close knit family that has been separated. I like that it isn’t a Hunger Games wannabe, that it isn’t dystopia or apocolyptic end of the world as we know it YA fiction. I like that my family doesn’t have chronic issues, that the book encourages studying history and learning from it and that it is a good read without sex and horrible language. I don’t think any of the above lacking takes away from the story or makes it any less interesting a read. I think that adults could very easily read the book without feeling they were reading down. I like the ending and knowing that while it sets up The Red Finch, it can stand alone.
As an English teacher, to my target market, I have found it difficult to choose quality fiction for my students to read in class, especially given that I teach in a Christian school. I believe this is a book that teachers in grades 6-12 could use in class and I know the content is appropriate. I am not naive. I know that kids in my target market use curse words, experiment with things they maybe shouldn’t and have hard home lives. But do they have to read about it too? I hope I’ve done my job well and presented an alternative to what has been available in YA fiction for the last several years.