Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Baykidi Stones

So many people have asked me what my novel is about that I thought I’d tell about it here. I’d love to know what you think. I am currently searching for an agent.


The Baykidi Stones (pronounced By-kee-DEE)
For ages 11-14

Ethnic tensions are smoldering in the Pacific island of Jalahar, where pockets of combatants challenge the government. Fourteen-year-old Velu, who is of the privileged ruling class, unwittingly interrupts a killing by insurgents, and finds himself on their hit list. He flees from his city, aided by people he barely knows. In his zeal to foil his pursuers, he mistakenly betrays innocent people to authorities. Soon he learns the people he denounced are part of an underground group working to unite the country’s two ethnic groups and to bring change using the “strengths of the heart,” rather than war. Can their methods really gain the release of those imprisoned due to his mistake, and can Velu help an unarmed crowd avert a bloodbath in a stand-off with government soldiers?

16 comments:

  1. From Kathy Kidd: I had the pleasure of reading early drafts of this book and could not put it down! I am waiting to be able to buy the book so that I can gift my nieces and nephews with a book that is entertaining and teaches peaceful means of resolving differences. I love the concept of peace through the strength of the heart!

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  2. This sounds incredible! I can't wait to read it!

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  3. Very timely. Can't wait to read the novel and send it to my friends in the Middle East!

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  4. best of luck with this book. I do look forward to reading it.

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  5. The summary sounds fantastic. Immediately reminded me of "The KiteRunner," which I loved. Can't wait for it to be published. I am always looking for a book with a special meaning for my nieces.

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  6. Thanks for all your encouraging comments. It was a lot of fun writing my novel, and I'm looking forward to the next steps in the process of publication.

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  7. Both the setting and main character sound fascinating. Your book is sure to please suspense lovers and young people eager for hopeful solutions.

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  8. Sounds like an interesting combination of what could be a coming of age story and a political thriller, but with a message.

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  9. An exciting and meaningful story... I can't wait to read it in print!

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  10. Sounds interesting....can't wait to read it.

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  11. Sounds great, if only we would all turn to the strength of the heart more often! I talk about this idea a lot in my blog http://peaceisachoice.tumblr.com/

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  12. Baykidi Stones sounds intriguing. I'm so interested in knowing where you take this story. It sounds mesmerizing!

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  13. This book has very interesting story and teaches good values. Our children need to be exposed to more books like this one.

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  14. I think kids will love this!

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  15. Books with significant and timely themes for ages 11-14 are difficult to find. It looks like a good read for my 13 year old grandson.

    Harriet
    June 12, 2010

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  16. Tricia Fressola IdroboJune 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Thanks, all my readers for your feedback. It's good to know you like the premise. Now I'm looking for an agent who likes both the premise and the execution!

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