Sixteen-year-old Hamilton Dinger is an above-average teenager. He’s got the grades for the top of the class, the abilities of a star athlete and Tetris player, and the charisma to get away with anything. Everything seems to be going along perfectly as he enters into tenth grade at Apollo Central High School. Everything, that is, until a meteor crashes into the city, unleashing a whirlwind of evil and awakening a deep, hidden power as the long battle between good and evil continues. Bringing an abrupt halt to the easygoing pace of Hamilton’s life, he and his longtime dormant supernatural powers are caught up in the middle of things when his comfort zone is turned into a war zone. On top of everything else, there’s the homecoming game, the school play, and the history test to worry about. Can Hamilton overcome his ignorance and narrow-mindedness to see what is truly real? Can he give up his self-proclaimed entitlement to happiness in order to follow the call of a duty he doesn’t want? More importantly, will he willingly sacrifice all he has to find out the truth?
Targeted Age Group:
10+, young adult
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I felt invisible in high school, but it is nothing to feel like nothing to a student body of 300ish people when you’re trying to get the whole world’s attention and only one or two people (my mother being one of them) are actually listening.
C. S. Johnson (1989- ) was born in western Pennsylvania, but considers world travel a top priority (one of the perks of living in Atlanta, where she and her family currently reside). Her novel, THE STARLIGHT CHRONICLES: SLUMBERING won 2nd place in the 2012 Munch Writing Contest. It is the first in an epic young adult series. She writes in a variety of genres, including young adult, fantasy/sci-fi, and spiritual/apologetic fiction. With a heart for people, but the personality for the Internet, she is engaged in a variety of charity projects, including working with her friends at Southern New Hampshire University on an anthology dedicated to Sandy Hook.
I was inspired to write this book in a variety of ways – small, little meaningless ways that ended up coming together to provide meaning on its own terms. I began forming the idea for this book in high school. A lot of my inspiration had to do with pain – pain of being an outcast, misunderstood, and often ignored (to this day there is nothing so awful for me to deal with as being ignored). But a lot of it had to do with finding the good despite the bad, too – friendship, encouragement, love, and family.