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A welcome to new Sean Yeager Adventures readers

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to the world of Sean Yeager Adventure, a series of exciting, action, adventure, mysteries written for young minds and guided by young minds. Yes, the secret, inner circle reader group advises on key elements of the series and suggests improvements.

Many centuries ago, two spacecraft reached Earth and fought high in the atmosphere. Both were critically damaged. Their crews crash landed and sought to survive as best they could. They may have upset history a little. but they always moved on when the going became tough. Invasions were best avoided, and temples proved to be safe havens. The trick was to stay one step ahead of the primative Terrans and their empire building. The crews were stranded with no hope of returning, or even finding, home. But they still had a grudge to settle. A small matter of life or total annihilation. For a time, things were calm.

In reality, humans were too busy fighting each other to notice.

Fast forward thousands of years, Sean Yeager and Emily Campbell discover strange things happening in their unconventional English lives. Convinced these events are connected to their missiing fathers, they embark on a series of escapades while exploring the Foundation and avoiding its enemies. Their mums will not be impressed. School will not be understanding (or standing). However, there is a future awaiting their discovery, if only they can stay alive long enough to reach it/

A lot of fun has been had creating (and expanding) the SYA universe. Some of it has even been written down in books:

Sean Yeager and the DNA Thief.
Sean Yeager Hunters Hunted
Sean Yeager Claws of Time

Sean Yeager Mortal Thread (work in progress)

Enjoy!

D.M. Jarrett

 

 

Smart books inspire smart youngsters 🤗 Say ‘no’ to dumbing down

Hi there,

This is a message to all parents, carers and mentors of children. Children are amazing and talented. They can achieve pretty much anything with guidance, learning and practice. Please inspire them and raise the quality of what they are given to read. As the saying goes – aim for the stars.

My message is simple – rubbish in, rubbish out. You create what you shape. If you genuinely want the best for the children in your care, please think it through carefully. A child of 8 could easily develop a reading age of 12 and be at an advantage in their development. Give them a book with a reading age of 5 and where will that lead? Whereas, inspiring a love of learning and reading will broaden their horizons and inspire them to greater things.

Are you in need of convincing? In case this sounds like ‘elitist nonsense’, here are some links from well established sources expressing their thoughts on the subject:

Anthony Horowitz article

Geraldine MacCaughrean – Carnegie Medal Winner

New York Times – smarten up the kids

Stop dumbing down books for teens

And so, over to you. We can choose wisely and help guide the young minds in our lives. We have that opportunity and there are plenty of great books out there from all eras – often in libraries, secondhand and charity book stores. What were your best reads?  I shared Biggles with my 7 year old son, and in later years, Asterix, Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemmingway, and a little Shakespeare. Reading can be fun as well as mind food. Next, he read through Percy Jackson, Harry Potter and moved on to Tolkien. Once a love of reading has taken root there is no stopping it.

Enjoy the challenge.

D.M. Jarrett