Saturday, 3 October 2015

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Brenda Beem #BannedBooksWeek

September 27 - October 3

It's BANNED BOOKS WEEK and we're recognizing this important eek with BANNED BOOK features from our authors. 

Please welcome Brenda Beem, author of Knockdown!

I admit I had to check online to see what books I’ve read recently that have been banned. I don’t know what I expected, but I was shocked to see Hunger Games was on the list for 2014.

Hunger Games?

Then I checked back further. To Kill a Mockingbird was on the list for 2011.

To Kill a Mockingbird? Are you kidding?

I understand the desire to protect, but raising an ignorant child is not protecting him or her. A good parent readies his or her children by preparing them for the real world.

Good literature is one of the best ways this can be done. How much better it is to have a child read an amazing novel like To Kill a Mockingbird and ask questions, than to remain in a bubble of ignorance, believing that everyone thinks, feels, talks, and loves like he or she does.

About the author:
Brenda has always lived in the shadow of Mt. Rainer, a rumbling volcano, and the many waters of the Pacific Northwest.  
Her idea of heaven is a book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.  
She now lives on Lake Washington, close to Seattle, with her husband. She loves to kayak and watch the resident eagles soar. Her sailboat, Whistler, is in a marina a short ways away. Summers are spent sailing the inland seas of Washington and Canada. Website:
by Brenda Beem
A sail boat can tip over and come back up again. Sailors call this a knockdown.  
In eighteen hours a mega tsunami will hit the Pacific Coast. It will leave in its wake massive destruction and the threat of an ice age.  
Sixteen-year-old Toni, her brothers, and their friends race the clock as they sail Toni’s family boat far out to sea. They must get beyond where the wave crests, or the boat will be crushed.  
Without their parents to guide them, the reluctant crew improvises. Romances bloom and tempers flare. There is no privacy. Cell phones won’t work. The engine breaks down. They are running out of time.  
Even if they survive the wave, there is nowhere in this ravaged world to go. When disaster strikes, it is up to Toni to find the strength to lead the crew when her brothers cannot.
KNOCKDOWN is available at Evernight Teen, Amazon, and most major online book retailers.

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