Thursday, April 19, 2012

Guest Post: Nicole Borgenicht, author of The Kids of Dandelion Township (World of Ink April '12 Virtual Tour)

I am excited to share this guest post by Nicole Borgenicht, as part of the World of Ink Tour for her book, The Kids of Dandelion TownshipHer book, The Kids of Dandelion Township, is a story about new friends who in the process of discovering magic together, learn about their similar emotions and different cultures. All in the context of a child's day, the kids unravel mysteries of A students, and invent ways to be creative while completing their homework assignments. Preparing the way for children to receive magic, the kids of Dandelion Township wish all children will experience it one day.

"This is a fantasy story, yet the bigger picture looks at challenges all children face, and seeing those circumstances from a lighter view, so as to enjoy their youth and friends while meeting their goals" 
From the Author:

In The Kids of Dandelion Township I’ve designed each chapter to reveal a positive message in a fantasy world of kids who have similar challenges and goals as children everywhere.
New friends quickly learn about each other’s sensitivities, and they develop compassion while expressing their natural personalities and unique ways of having fun. The friends also run a little investigation to discover their schoolmate friends who have top grades fib about their whereabouts while studying long hours. 

This is actually very funny. I remember even in college going to the library after midnight when all the kids were presumably partying and instead finding many students reading and researching!  These hidden habits and mistaken location assumptions begin early in life, so it’s a great competitive edge for kids not to take everything their friends say as the absolute truth. Furthermore the lesson in the chapter title helps kids get “Good Grades;” it is the name of chapter two. 

On the topic of homework, the friends engage a circle of their schoolmate pals and develop creative methods to complete their assignments. It is very important in this book for the kids to accomplish two things. One is to have fun - be in the moment in their youth, and the other is to meet their goals and wishes in a positive way. They spend a lot of time in the forest where there is a secret magical meadow. The kids are able to make a very special wish, and the forest changes seasons and different holiday items appear. Carrying beautifully wrapped boxes their gifts suddenly disappear, making what would seem to be a happy occasion dismal - but the children realize instantly their gift is the bond between them. 

Ironies pop up such as the differences in their cultures and the conflict between personal desire and what is good for the group. But in the long run, this tale guides children to be themselves and recognize their thoughts and feelings are natural, while showing a kind and uplifting path as a central driving force in The Kids of Dandelion Township chapter book. This is a fantasy story, yet the bigger picture looks at challenges all children face, and seeing those circumstances from a lighter view, so as to enjoy their youth and friends while meeting their goals.

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The Kids of Dandelion Township, written by Nicole Borgenicht, and Fabulous Illustrations done by Lisa M Griffin can be ordered Amazon, for only $9.95.

About the Author:

Nicole Borgenicht is a children's fiction writer. Her most recent picture book is The Bridge published by Publish America. Some of Nicole's other kid's stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Times Kid's Reading Room section, Stories for Children Magazine and LadyBug Flights Magazine. Additional works comprise poetry and essays, short stories, one act plays or articles  in magazines such as Arts and Entertainment Skyline and American Fitness.

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Twitter URL:  LisaMGriffinArt

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