How I Became a Teenage Survivalist has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards! Finalists will be chosen September 1st and the winners on October 1st. Congratulations to all the semi-finalists and good luck in the finals.
How I Became a Teenage Survivalist has a new publisher, Amazing Things Press, and a new cover!
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Comprehensive, Cross-Curricular, Common Core-Aligned Unit Now Available for Use With How I Became a Teenage Survivalist
How Has Technology Changed Our Lives
This is a comprehensive 3-4 week unit with the essential question: How has technology changed our lives. It includes the novel unit for the book: How I Became a Teenage Survivalist. There are quizzes, activities, worksheets, a final test for the unit as well as a plan and scoring guide for a final argumentative essay. It is completely aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Subjects: English Language Arts, Literature,Informational Text
Grade Levels: 8th
Resource Types: Examinations - Quizzes, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Novel Study
Common Core Standards: RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RI.8.2,RI.8.3, RI.8.4, RI.8.6, RI.8.8, ...
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Feathered Quill says: A truly amazing story showing the perseverance of the human spirit!
Pre-Teen/TeenTime Lost: Teenage Survivalist II (Volume 2)
By: Julie L. Casey
Publisher: Amazing Things Press
Publication Date: March 2014
Reviewed By: Kristi Benedict
Review Date: May 2014
Living in a world without electricity was something Ben had never once thought about especially since his parent’s divorce occupied his mind at the time. However, when PF (Power Failure) Day comes, the power grids are completely wiped out by an electromagnetic surge from the sun forcing everyone to realize just what it is like to live without electricity. Chaos erupts everywhere as Ben and his father try desperately to find ways to survive, but the limited supply of water and food in the city is diminishing quickly, causing people to take desperate measures. As winter approaches, Ben’s father unfortunately becomes ill with the flu and Ben decides he has to go out and find food alone. Unfortunately, while he is gone, a fire erupts in their apartment building taking his father away in a sea of ashes.
The Night the Sky Was Ablaze
In the middle of the night on September 2, 1859, gold miners living in tents in Colorado were wakened by bright lights in the sky. They rose and began making breakfast, thinking it was morning. Even birds and other animals believed that the morning had come. A New Orleans paper reported that three unfortunate larks, which normally don’t emerge from their nests until morning, were shot in the middle of the night. In London, England, the lights were even bright enough to cast a shadow on the ground. People who were up late that night in the northeastern states of the USA could read books and newspapers with just the lights in the sky. They watched the eerie colorful lights dance in the northern sky with wonder and awe. 1
In the eastern and southern United States, the sky was blood red. Many citizens believed that the sky or neighboring towns were on fire. In some areas, fire trucks were even sent to help put out the huge inferno. Some people were filled with fear and dread. They thought the lights were an omen of bad things to come, like an epidemic, a revolution, or even the end of the world. Others were familiar with the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis as scientists call them, but wondered why they were appearing so far south. Normally, they appeared only over the far northern latitudes. However, on this night and for several nights thereafter, the lights could be seen as far south as Hawaii and the Bahamas. 1
Time Lost: Teenage Survivalist II now available on Amazon!
Ben's 13th year was when his family fell apart, but his 14th year is when his whole world, or more precisely, the whole world, collapses. He had thought 13 was his unlucky number, the year that Time turned its back on him, but he was wrong; that year, it was he who had turned his back on Time. The following year, the fury of the sun turns back Time for everyone in the world.
On PF (Power Failure) Day, a huge electromagnetic surge from the sun destroys the power grids and civilization as we know it. Living in the middle of downtown Kansas City makes survival nearly impossible. Starvation, dehydration, disease, freezing temperatures, and out-of-control fires imperil the desperate population. After facing unimaginable losses, Ben finds hope for the future when he meets Sara, who has endured her own share of agonizing loss. But when a murderous gang threatens to take away everything Ben has left, they flee to a wilderness area of a large city park where they learn to live off the land for survival.
Published by Amazing Things Press.
Nice review from Salvation and Survival
The Perfect Book For Your Teenager
World events are hard enough to comprehend and face for adults. In fact, I would venture that many will find themselves uninformed and ill-prepared should any number of likely scenarios come to fruition. So, if mature Americans are scared of facing their fears, think of what it is like for our younger generations; especially those in their teenage years who are on the cusp of reaching for their future goals. How do we brace them for the possibility of disruption to their daily lives, and instruct them on getting through the coming chaos, without scaring the living daylights out of them? The profusion of "Survival" books on the market have not been suitable for our younger populace ... until now.
BY RICK MONTGOMERY
The Kansas City Star
When the sun got ornery in 1859, American telegraph operators saw sparks fly.
A huge solar flare belched a cloud of charged particles into Earth’s path. But other than frying telegraph lines, the electromagnetic collision caused little stir in the world.
Nobody back then had yet switched on a decent light bulb, much less charged an iPhone.
Yet the sun hasn’t changed its ways, and that worries University of Kansas physicist Adrian Melott, among others. If the remnants of a similar solar flare struck the planet today?
It's official. How I Became a Teenage Survivalist is an Accelerated Reader AR book. It's worth 8 points! AR Quiz No. 163693.
This writer was fortunate enough to have been granted an exclusive interview with Julie L. Casey, author of the novel How I Became a Teenage Survivalist. Julie's interest in the topic of survivalism dates back to her childhood: "Even as a child, my games were always about living as they did in olden times, either as a pioneer or a Native American. As an adult, I've often daydreamed about how we would live if life was less modern, but I never thought of it in terms of a post-apocalyptic, survivalist situation until I wrote How I Became a Teenage Survivalist"(Casey). She likewise believes that children would benefit from legitimate survivalist knowledge beyond mere games:
I believe all children would benefit from knowing several of those skills, and homeschooling is a great environment to learn them. However, at my husband's small school (he's a public school science teacher), the 8th grade English class read HIBATS the last week of school, and then went on a 24-hour survivalist campout where they learned many survival skills, like making a rocket stove, foraging for a wild salad, and fishing for their supper. My husband, our homeschooled sons, and I got to go along and share our knowledge with them. It was an awesome experience. I am now working on a curriculum to go along with the book that would allow teachers, parents, librarians, book clubs, and anyone else who is interested to try some survival skills at a level that is appropriate for their situations(Casey).