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Book Title: Up, Back, and Away|
The author of the book: K. Velk
Edition: Create Space
Date of issue: November 5th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781481873475
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Miles McTavish, 15, is undersized and inoffensive. He likes old bicycles, new music, and (don’t say it too loud), model railroading. As the only child of wealthy Dallas executives, it appears that a life of trustafarian ease is his birthright. All those expectations are upended, however, the day he is summoned to the hospital bed of his friend (and fellow English three-speed enthusiast), Morgan Davies. Professor Davies has a secret to share: he once was a time traveler. He also has a task for his young friend: Miles is to travel back in time to 1928, and across the sea to England. Once there, he is to find “a girl with a gift, a girl born out of her time” and a “secret that was not meant to be” and then return home with them both. Miles must first find the courage to pass through the strange portal in the Vermont woods that will launch him on this mission, and then to face down a series of do-or-die crises (including a crisis of confidence). He must also navigate the low-tech, class-bound world of England in 1928 while keeping his true identity a secret. Miles' quest for the girl and the secret carries him from a great estate in England's beautiful countryside to London's jazz-age cabarets, and from terrified boy to heroic young man.
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"Scratch a lawyer and you will find a novelist" (and a lawyer who needs a bandage).
I am paraphrasing someone famous. Someone French, I think, though I couldn't find the source just now... Anyway, that's me. A forty-something lawyer who finally got a part-time lawyer gig six years ago and promptly started writing the book I had always felt I would someday write. (Up,Back,and Away). It's a time-travel adventure story about a cosseted 15-year-old boy from suburban Dallas who is sent back in time (on a vintage English three-speed) to 1928 and across the sea to England. There, he is to retrieve a girl with a gift who was born at the wrong time, and to uncover a secret that was not meant to be, ad then return home with them both. The book is a bit of throwback as it does not feature sex (maybe a bit of sexual tension) violence (well, one street brawl) or monsters.
I have collected children's story books for years and my favorites are those from the 1920s and '30s that have great art and all kinds of poems and stories of the sort that children today never see.
I try to write every day and while I work on the next magnum opus, I also get waylaid by periodic outbursts of the desire to write something shorter and quicker. I have collected some of those writings into a sampler called the Tiny Confinements Miscellany. That little volume is a collection of essays, humor, and a couple of short stories if you're not looking for a big commitment.
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