Monday, March 23, 2015

Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel

Young adult fantasy from the 
father/daughter team of 
Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef

Appropriate for readers in the 6th grade and up

Wind Catcher Summary:
Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.

When she stumbles upon a series of murders she can't help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.

All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average—could never be average.

Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.

This wonderful coming of age cozy mystery had me glued to the pages. I recommend it for ages middle school on up.
As an adult reader I did not find it too simple for me. I am looking forward to having this series continue. I hope I get the next book very soon.

A young, half Native American girl who has been raised by her mother and her Grandfather, Sicheii,  Juliet is approaching her sixteenth birthday. Her mother is a very busy lawyer who often works late or travels for business.
They live in a gated community where Juliet's full blood Native American friends are looked upon with suspicican when they visit. She's never met her father and his absence from their lives is clouded with mystery.
The snooty girls at her private school aren't interested in being her friends. 
Her only school friend's father is in the news headlines.
Juliet thinks life is boring and lonely.

All that is about to change. She begins experiencing headaches and hearing noises, 

perhaps voices.
Her Grandfather tells her she is receiving her gifts as "the Chosen one" but won't explain.
Suddenly it seems that long time friends of her grandfather are being murdered and it seems to tie into a newspaper photograph from 1986. Juliet and her friends decide to investigate for themselves before confronting her Grandfather.
There is a lot of family history that Juliet never knew that will change her view of her boring life.
All she really wants is to be "normal" and accepted.

When she is kidnapped and fighting for her life, things are no longer boring.
As this first book ends, things are complicated and dangerous.

About the Authors:

Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official.
He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller from Tate Publishing, was his debut novel. Evolved Publishing released his second novel, the thriller Shatter Point, in 2014, and will release his young adult fantasy series Chosen, co-written with his daughter Erynn, starting in the spring of 2015.
Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing, and a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories. You can find his blog, The Accidental Writers’ Workshop, on The Chappaqua-MountKisco Patch, via the link under the “Contact” tab above. You’ll also find under that tab ways to join with Jeff in various social media venues.
Bio_Pic-Erynn_Altabef_72dpi_182x190Erynn Altabef is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist. When she’s not in High School, she loves Starbucks, performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.
Some of her favorite authors are Veronica Roth, Joelle Charbonneau, and her dad! (That would be Jeff Altabef.)

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