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Jendorra Boxes author Kevin Murphy coming to Bookingham Palace
It’s three for three as Vernon author Kevin Murphy puts the cap on the final book in his trilogy for adolescent readers, The Jendorra Boxes.
And he will be coming to town April 7 to sign copies of his book at Bookingham Palace.
In Choices, the jendorra-box seekers redouble their desperate effort to thwart two separate alien forces, the Aleri and the Zagnish, who have spent untold centuries manipulating humans into being greedy and self-preoccupied. Their goal: to win the planet for themselves.
And now, a deeply evil force known only as the Dark Time is spreading unchecked throughout the intergalactic void.
In a dangerous attempt to stave off disaster, three of the teens journey back in time to when Earth was first created, while other members of the group face equally difficult challenges in our own century.
As stakes rise and chaos threatens to overwhelm the entire galaxy, several Aleri and Zagnish defect to the human side.
Will the seekers and their allies be able to stem the evil tide? Will their small, individual actions and a commitment to justice, tolerance and environmental responsibility make a difference? Finding the answer to those questions takes the reader on a whirlwind tour through time and space, as these courageous teens tackle many of the complex challenges facing today’s world.
Murphy grew up in the seemingly peaceful ‘50s, the seventh child in a family of nine. Energetic and curious, he got into more than his share of trouble, but remained grounded in the values instilled into all family members by his mother.
Graduating with a PhD. in Clinical Psychology in 1990, Murphy has spent the past two decades working with children and teens. In the process, he’s become quite interested in how the current generation copes with the many issues facing them.
In 2000, he decided to try his hand at writing meaningful fiction for adolescent and young-advanced readers. The goal was to write an entertaining trilogy that would resonate with the many questions and challenges the typical younger person of today might encounter.
With no specific plan, he simply let the plot unfold, getting to know the characters as he went along. Of course, this was followed by many years of careful rewriting, drawing on feedback from family, friends and willing younger readers. With its completion, Murphy is now looking for other ways to help today’s youth take charge of their lives, while encouraging them to remain sensitive to the need for all of us to find a new way.
Murphy will be at Bookingham Palace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7.