The complete rough draft of Children of the Planes is complete !
Zane is in for the worst summer of his life! Thanks to his old school Granny, he’s faced with his father deploying on a submarine for seven months and spending his entire summer in electronic lock down. His only ally, his mother, is too distracted by their move across country in a few months to be any help. He’s stuck spending his days at the neighborhood playground. There he befriends a boy who loved pink and all things girl. His new friend seems to not like the other kids in the neighborhood, which is weird to Zane because he gets along with them just fine.
Maybe it’s his video game withdrawal or the fact that he is not used to being outside for such lengthy periods, but he finds himself under constant surveillance of a fox named Jax. Or, well it looks like a fox, with its pointed ears and bushy tail, but Jax walks on its hind legs, has green fur, and talks! In fact, Jax never stops talking, trying to convince Zane that it is an alien that is able to travel to an inner plane of the universe where an Aged is King is destroying civilization to find his lost jewel. Jax has plenty of stories to share about how the children of the Inner Plane are fighting back:
A boy forced work in the textile factories within the Royal City who learns to read and joins the resistance to the Aged King’s government.
A girl of the Arikara Tribes that reunites her people with the Great Herd in order to save hermother from being held for ransom by the Aged King’s General.
A boy who learns that he is one of the rare lost Elementals who ruled before the Aged King whenhe combines his spirit with that of a little bear he rescued from wolves.
A thirteen-year-old boy and the youngest sea captain who crashes on an island that reveals memories that had been purposely taken from him to protect a dark item.
Can Zane stay sane through his father’s deployment, or is he already crazy? And why is Jax so insistent that Zane believe his stories?
CHILDREN OF THE PLANES is a middle grade fantasy novel geared towards readers ages eight to twelve and complete at 55,276 words.