Twelve-year-old Dawn Marie Baxter, a spoiled but generous rich kid, is killed in a boating accident with her grandmother. Or, is she?The Book of Moncoto is the story of her continued existence in a magical land.Everyone in the village is happy with their new lives. Nana, her grandmother, trusts in the magic. Dawn, however, refuses to believe the magic that sustains their existence is anything but advanced technology and is determined to find a way to thwart it. Dawn’s plan to locate a special stream, she’s convinced is a portal, and return her grandmother and herself to their former life ends in catastrophe for her Nana and the village of Laven-Moors. Now, she has to save her grandmother, the village, and attempt to win back her life through a quest that may be doomed to failure. This middle-grade fantasy plunges us into a world of magic, mystery, and danger.
Targeted Age Group:: Middle-Grade (8-12)
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The Book of Moncoto start as a dream I had one summer night. I woke up to thunder crashing. I wrote down what I remembered from the dream and I have worked on it during the past few years. It has taken many twists and turns to make it to its present incarnation.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I have a tendency to plot out my stories, but The Book of Moncoto plotted itself. And, once I decided on a strong female presence and a middle-grade fantasy, I added it to my storm idea along with Greek Mythology. I wanted to try a creative explanation for the disappearance of the dinosaur and I wanted a different perspective on fairy tales. I also needed to find a moral without a preachy aspect. It took time to work out all the characters, but they have always been alive in my head.
Dawn hummed the tune to the familiar intro. She carried the soda pop, sandwiches, potato chips, and other snacks from the slip’s gangplank to the deck of the boat as she sang…
Will we survive the magic and the mystery?
Or, fall prey to the shadows of the night.
Is this the end or beginning of our history?
Does our path mingle with the stars in flight?
Dawn smiled as she stowed the supplies in the galley. I know I can convince her. If I am careful, I can get my way with her. Gosh, I wish she’d stop treating me like such a baby. I am not a baby. Whenever I want to do something fun, then I’m too young, but if she wants me to do some kind of work, then it’s… “You’re a big girl, Dawn. Stop whining, Dawn.”
I can handle the boat. The swells are less than three feet. Who cares if it’s November second. I cannot even remember weather this warm at this time of year. This is probably the last nice day of the year. The schooner is in winter rig, and Nana already struck the boat’s topmast and light canvas. That should account for any sudden changes in wind. Besides, she always said the boat’s design is perfect for this lake.
…Let's journey together. Our story lies among the starry sky
Let’s journey together, together now until the day we die…
“I will convince her,” said Dawn. She shivered as a sudden cold breeze blew across the lake and rushed at her face. Her eyes stung with tears and rolled down her cheek. Dawn took a
sudden intake of air and caught her breath.
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