I have decided to start a blog devoted to The Summer of the Ennead. I think it is important to talk about what this book really is because it is not just a juvenile fantasy. It is classified as such because it is mainly about nine grandchildren between the ages of nine and thirteen. They are the stars of the story, and they get to transform into animal beings, but it is not just about them.
It is also about two grandparents, an uncle, and quite a few animal beings, and it is about how all of those characters interact, help each other, work as a team, bring enlightenment, and help point toward a possible way for Mother Earth to survive.
Those are the obvious characteristics of the book, but there is more. For example, the book came from somewhere; how did that happen. Why was it written and where did the story originate?
What is the story about? Outwardly, it appears to be about nine kids who learn how to become animals as well as humans. But are there underlying principles or truths hidden in the story? Are there things we need to think about in terms of the preservation of the earth?
Who should read this story? I knew quite early on that I was not writing just another kids book. It became clear to me that I was also writing for adults. I began to think of The Summer of the Ennead as a children’s book for adults.
Then I realized that it was really a book to be shared by both kids and adults – children and parents, grandchildren and grandparents, students and teachers. It had become a story that could unite generations in the work required to save our planet. And most important, it needed to be advertised as such.
I am the author of The Summer of the Ennead and I want to use this blog to engage readers in a dialogue about what this book means to me and what I think it has to say to others.