Fourteen-year-old Jason can’t work out how to get climate change fixed—until he saves the life of the mysterious and powerful Graham. Graham promises a reward, and Jason asks him to do something to stop climate change. The request is caught by the media, so Jason thinks the man’s trapped and has to keep his word. But Graham’s got other ideas.
A battle of wits ensues as Jason tries to stop his captive from squirming out of his promise. Encounters that initially sound like fun end up getting heavy, and Jason’s summer holidays get messed up by pushy reporters and resentful townspeople—not to mention a professor who seems to be on both sides at once.
Jason finds that things aren’t as simple as he first thought. With a deadline approaching, he has to decide whether to force Graham to honour his promise, or admit that he could actually be mistaken.
Targeted Age Group:: 9-14
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Concern about climate change; young people’s enthusiasm to see something done about it.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Many of the characters are loosely based on people I know (or know of). There’s also parts of me in each of the characters. The characters were designed to fit the plot, rather than vice versa.
Only then did it occur to Graham that he was hugely in Jason’s debt. He rolled onto one elbow and faced Jason. ‘Young man, you saved my life! I want to repay you somehow. Ask me for anything, and I’ll give it to you.’
Jason was too tired to think. ‘That’s okay,’ was all he could manage.
Graham seemed much stronger now, having benefited from the attention of the suited people hovering around him. ‘There must be something you want! Name it, and you’ve got it.’
Jason was still in a daze, and was feeling weak from hunger and fatigue. Plus, he had no idea where his glasses were.
Then a man stuck a microphone near Jason’s mouth and said, ‘Well, son, you’ve just been made an amazing offer! You can name your own reward. What do you want?’
Jason couldn’t get his brain into gear. Did he hear right? Did the person thrusting a microphone into his face say he could have a reward? Anything he wanted? As though on autopilot, his mind reverted to what it had been festering on all afternoon. ‘I want Australia to have emission control targets.’
About the Author:
Peter McLennan served for 28 years in the Royal Australian Air Force, where he focused on strategic planning. He has tertiary qualifications in engineering, information science and government, and a PhD in planning for uncertainty. He has had several non-fiction titles published.
Peter now writes fiction from his home in Canberra, Australia. His hobbies include playing computer games badly and developing software badly.
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