Author hopes to spread love of reading

3/2/2014

By BECKY MALEWITZ

By BECKY MALEWITZ

bmalewitz@gctelegram.com

Marcy Fierstein just wants kids to enjoy reading.

The Ulysses mother of five and grandmother of five is assistant director at High Plains Educational Cooperative and a lifelong educator. Recently, she's added one more job title to that résumé — author.

"I've been in education all of my life. I think that reading is such an important part of growing up," she said. "I myself am an avid reader. I've encouraged kids to read, students to read, and I just wanted to write a book, hoping kids will find it exciting and pick it up and read it just for the joy of reading."

The 111-page work of fiction titled, "Smoke Mountain Adventure," is a futuristic tale following protagonist twins Pop Top and Tab.

According to the description at www.amazon.com, "the future can be a dangerous place to live. Pop Top and Tab, twins, learn this firsthand in this futuristic tale in which they are living on a planet that is severely polluted and damaged. The children take a working vacation with their parents to Smoke Mountain, where their father is monitoring seismic and volcanic activity. During a groundshake, the children are trapped in a cave. The groundshake has altered the course of a stream and the cave is filling with water. With a little help from a group of curious boufars, the children look for an escape route. Throughout their ordeal, the children must rely on their courage and ingenuity to escape the deathtrap."

Fierstein hopes her book will appeal to intermediate school children or upper elementary students.

"I was kind of thinking of that age level when I wrote it. I wanted something that was going to be fast-paced to kind of interest that age group. Particularly, I wanted to interest boys in reading. It kind of goes back to the fact that I've been in education all my life, so I think I was kind of thinking who would be my target audience," she said.

Fierstein's interest in the current state of the environment inspired the book.

"I think this particular idea came up because it was kind of a mix of talking about ecology, how our own planet has issues with pollution," she said. "That was the inspiration for the planet where these kids live, but I just wanted it to be an adventure and a tale about two kids, and, even though they are kids, kind of the mischief they get themselves into and how they get themselves out of it."

The book sat on Fierstein's computer for two years before she decided to make some edits and send it off to publishing companies. She was thrilled when Tate Publishing and Enterprises decided to publish it.

"My feeling is, if you have a dream, go for it. There's no harm in trying, and you'll never know until you do try," she said. "I really wrote it several years ago, and it sat on my computer for a long time because I didn't know if anyone would consider publishing it. So I kind of rewrote it, edited it and decided, 'let's go for it.' It has been quite an adventure for myself also."

Fierstein hopes to get local vendors to carry her book, which was released in February. In the meantime, it can be found through various websites.

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