We’ve got yet another treat for you today here at Literary Wealth. Our spotlight today is on a true jewel of an author. Malcolm Ater is a winner in every sense of the word. His YA and MS books keep hitting them out of the ball park with both reviewers and readers, not to mention book award panels.
Malcolm Ater is the Award-Winning Author of Tyler’s Mountain Magic, based on the true story of Tyler Moore, a teenage boy with cystic fibrosis who leads his team from Harpers Ferry on the most magical sports ride in West Virginia public school history. It was selected as the Best Book Length Story of 2011 by the West Virginia Writers, Inc. and was winner of the 2012 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Sports. He has been a special education junior high/middle school reading teacher for 24 years.
Award-winning author Malcolm Ater’s latest novel, The Hermitage House Miracle is a mystery for middle school children and above that is sure to keep kids turning the pages. This intriguing mystery is strongly recommended to school librarians to review for their listings. “The Hermitage House Miracle will appeal equally to both boys and girls,” Ater says, “but especially to boys who may be reluctant readers.” Children will identify with the suspense-filled storyline, which addresses such issues as bullying, tobacco use, and the effects of alcohol, but without preaching.
The Hermitage House Miracle starts with a deep hook. “I’ve given you the last six years of my life, and for what? To always be running from one town to another? Never having a life of my own just so you could live?”
As Jamie lay alone in bed, not knowing his mother had just been killed while driving drunk, he was filled with disturbing thoughts. His mother’s last words to him before going out did not make sense. He was even more confused when she had added, in a drunken slur, “If I had a lick of sense I’d have let old Ernie do what he wanted!”
Why had his mother said she had given him the last six years of her life when he was twelve years old? Why did she always seem to resent him? Who was Ernie? And why couldn’t he remember anything about his life before his first day of school in the first grade?
The only thought that comforted him was the newspaper story dated only a few days earlier on May 24, 1992. The article reported that a new wave of computer games would soon replace the old pinball machines and “boggle the mind” with realistic video techniques that could only be dreamed about a few years earlier. The article had aroused a curious excitement in him, and he didn’t know why.
After being sent to live at the Hermitage House for Children, Jamie begins to have a series of strange and troubling dreams. Each dream is about a little blond-haired boy who has a little sister and a mother and a father. But the mother is not his mother who was killed in the car accident and he had never known his father. Yet his dreams are always about the same family, especially the little boy and his dog. And the father programs computers and makes games, even promising to build the boy a video game so lifelike the boy will think he’s actually inside it…
Both The Hermitage House Miracle and Tyler’s Mountain Magic are available on sales now at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and directly from Malcolm Ater’s website.
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