Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Barney and the Runaway - NEW Book Now in Production
People often ask, "Where do you get the ideas for your books?" My response is that they come from many different sources.
In the case of Barney and the Runaway, the inspiration came from the first dog that my wife and I owned. Her name was Poo Pa. We lived in Germany, for the first year of our marriage, and a young girl we met there used that name to identify her little doll. We may have spelled it differently, but it provided a great description of our little dog.
She was one of the smartest dogs I've ever seen.
In Barney and the Runaway, Barney is equally smart if not more so. Poo Pa may have been a pure Poodle, but Barney is a small, scruffy, Benji-looking, little mutt.
Barney and the Runaway is a new book that will be published by Comfort Publishing.
Come back often for more details to follow on this blog.
Barney and the Runaway
Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Audience: 8 – 12; especially boys
Barney and the Runaway tells the story of Michael Ellis, who has recently told his parents to start calling him Mike from now on. He especially hated the way they were always telling him what to do. Mike decides to teach his parents a lesson by pretending to run away for a day with his dog Barney.
The plan of running away gets a bit more complicated than planned when Mike and Barney hide in a railroad boxcar, fall asleep, and end up in Georgia, with a circus, in the middle of the night. Luckily for the runaways, Big Bob the Clown takes Mike and Barney to safety in his wagon. Mike decides that living and performing with the circus might be a good idea until Big Bob opens Mike’s eyes to his unfortunate past.
Mike’s encounter with this grown up runaway, in the circus, helps him to understand that his parents truly love him. Then Mike and Barney save the circus. Through it all, Mike learns the importance of family.
Parents often punish their children, but only because they love and want what is best for them, not because they don’t care. Even though the life of a circus performer with a circus family may appear fun, if given a choice, most would agree that living in a warm home with loving, caring parents is the preferred choice. As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” After Mike overhears some unsettling news and both he and Barney are involved in a scary and dangerous crime, Mike learns his lesson before it’s too late.