Wednesday, February 09, 2011

When The Lights Go Out - Contract Signed

When The Lights Go Out 
A book dedicated to the
memory of 9/11 for kids

I write action-adventures and mysteries for readers 8 and up, especially boys. It's in that context that I discovered something over recent months when I've spoken in elementary schools. A couple of my previous books - Secret of Abbott's Cave, and Mountain Cabin Mystery - touched on what happened on 9/11, but only in passing, as part of a larger plot.

As I’ve spoken to students who are 9, 10, and even 11 years old, I've found that they know little or nothing about what happened on 9/11. Parents have written to tell me it's the same where they live. 

So I decided to write a book with the purpose of not letting the next generation forget what happened.

The title of this book is,

When the Lights go Out.
Here's how the dedication reads at the front of this book:
To the memory of 9/11,
and the people who lost their lives that day,
so we never forget.

I’ve signed the contract so that When The Lights Go Out will be published by Comfort Publishing and released in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this September.
This information is being posted with the hope that you will become interested in When the Lights go Out, and will let others with whom you communicate know about it. If you have any questions, my contact information follows.


Max Elliot Anderson


When the Lights go Out
Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Audience: 8 and Up; especially boys
Words: About 36,500

Peyton Aldrich has just moved to a new army base with his parents and younger sister. He doesn’t understand why his father was sent to such a run down place in the middle of nowhere. After all, his father was a colonel, with top security clearance, who had completed the elite Ranger school. And his training had been in Army Intelligence. Yet, here they were.

Peyton was never allowed to ask his father anything about what he did in the army. Nor was he allowed to ever get in the way. There were many secrets that he couldn’t even tell his own family.

Peyton idolized his father. One day, he hoped to grow up to be just like him. His father had told him that the army may not be for everyone, but after what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe.

Peyton finds two friends. Gill is the son of the base’s motor pool sergeant, and Dave’s father is the base chaplain. Together they decide to train like Rangers, and search for some kind of mission they could go on. Little did they know that a mission was about to put the boys right in the crosshairs, of a dangerous terrorist plot, when a secret weapon would be delivered to the base, on its way across the country.

There was no way he could tell his father what he knew. After all, it could cost him his job. Peyton, Gill, and Dave had to take matters into their own hands, and they do.

Will the terrorists find out who is trying to expose their evil plan? Will the boys be able to stop them? And what will happen to Peyton’s father when the general finds out what the boys did?

When the Lights go Out. A story for kids, and their parents, so we never forget.

Max Elliot Anderson P O Box 4126 Rockford, IL 61110 (815) 877-1514  

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Cheryl Linn Martin said...

This is such a wonderful legacy, Max, and so important for the upcoming generation. Blessings to you and your writing.

max said...

I appreciate that Cheryl. Thank you.