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Guest Blogger Kai Strand

Posted on: August 30, 2012

My guest blogger today is Kai Strand author of The Weaver and THE WISHING WELL: Another Weaver Tale . Her latest book Save the Lemmings! has just been released and she is here to tell you all about it:

 

SAVE THE LEMMINGS – Why Exactly?

 

The name of my newest book is a bit misleading, but that’s kind of the point. The main story line in the book is how the media distorts Natalie Edward’s life and reports lies and innuendos about her that eventually convince even her friends to turn their backs on her.

 

The tabloid stories in my novel may seem exaggerated. But what do you think of this headline in the real life tabloid Weekly World News? Curiosity Kills Martian Cat. As their story goes, the Mars rover, Curiosity, ran over a Martian cat shortly after landing. It’s in print…you must believe it, right? http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/50702/curiosity-kills-martian-cat/

 

As Save the Lemmings unfolds we learn things about Natalie, such as: she joins the Save the Lemmings! Foundation to help build picket fences along the cliffs of the artic. She invented the Texty-Talky. Her father calls her Nat-bug. These true facts are later distorted in tabloid stories accusing her of joining an underground group called the Lemmings, saying she wants to move to the artic and have her white picket fence and finally that she is using her invention to infiltrate the government with listening devices – or bugs – ‘we don’t call her Nat-bug for nothing.’

I wanted to demonstrate to young readers how easily a simple fact can be distorted into a sensational story. How important it is to not blindly believe everything you hear or read.

Next time you read a headline like: Megan Fox Marries, But She’s Still A Man, you might want to do a little more research before deciding if you believe it or not. Luckily these crack reporters were able to disprove the rumor that she had a 16 foot train because she was born with a two foot lizard tail. I was really worried that they kept photo shopping her tail out of her pictures. I mean, isn’t that discrimination against lizards? http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/18808/megan-fox-marries-but-shes-still-a-man/

About the Book: SAVE THE LEMMINGS! 8th grade inventor, Natalie Isabelle Cailean Edwards is the N.I.C.E. girl who finishes last with the kids in school. Sappy inspirational phrases and monochromatic outfits have all but her best friends wrinkling their nose at her. When Natalie’s invention, the Texty-Talky, goes nationwide, she becomes an overnight sensation. Suddenly her days consist of photo shoots and interviews with little time left for her friends. A local reporter shatters her good-girl image by reporting a graffiti incident and the media launches into a smear campaign. It is so bad, even her friends start to believe the stories. Will Natalie be able to overcome the lies being printed about her? Pick up your copy of Save the Lemmings here: http://www.featherweightpublishing.com/ShowBook.php?YA=KS_SAVE_LEMMINGS

 

About the author:  Kai Strand writes fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. The Wishing Well: Another Weaver Tale is set in the same storytelling village as The Weaver. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, “Do your dishes!” She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.

To find out more about Kai’s books, download companion documents, find links to her published short stories and discover all the places to find Kai both virtually and in person, visit her website: www.kaistrand.com. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to send her an email or visit her facebook page, Kai Strand, Author or her blog Strands of Thought

Thank you for being a guest on my blog Kai.  Good luck with your new book. I look forward to reading my copy.

21 Responses to "Guest Blogger Kai Strand"

Darlene, thanks for letting me visit your blog. Lovely space you have here. I hope you enjoy the book – and the crazy tabloid stories I linked to in this blog!

My pleasure. Happy to have you here!

Headlines today can be very misleading (and totally not true), so I can imagine using them in a story would be a great idea.

Good luck with your book, Kai.

Thanks, Diane. I think I had the most fun making up some of those ludicrous tabloid articles – for the book! I don’t know how people do that in good conscious in real life.

I love the whole idea of this book and especially for our youth! Darlene, thanks so much for introducing us to Kai and her books–I’m definitely adding them to my “Must-Read” list!

Thank you, Sandra! Enjoy.

Interesting book!

Thanks kid! Hope you read and like it 😀

This sounds like a whole lot of fun with a serious message.

That’s what I hope readers get out of it! Thanks, Barbara.

PS I’ve just ordered a copy of Amanda in England and can’t wait to read it

Great, can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Thanks so much!

Thanks for sharing your book wish us, Kai. I know so many kids that could benefit from reading it.

Really enjoyed the interview and the idea behind the book. I am a journalist and do not like sensationalism — so I’d find this an intriguring read.

Thanks for stopping by my blog Patricia. I also do not like sensationalism and love the idea of this book. Too many young people believe everything they read in the papers.

I am enjoying following Kai around the the blogosphere at the moment and learning more about her as an author. It is so important for teens especially to learn to be discerning and questioning. I love the sound of the premise and twists in SAVE THE LEMMINGS.

Many years ago I learned: Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.
Blessings to you, Kai – Maxi

That is so true Maxi. Thanks!

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