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Young authors shine at Shrewsbury Library Summer Kickoff

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 03•15
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Howdy!

I am now featured in a newspaper article for the latest edition of the Shrewsbury Chronicle! The article is about the 2015 Summer Kickoff Lawn Party that I participated in.

Here is the link:

News from Shrewsbury Chronicle (By Tanya Kawecki, Wicked Local Correspondent)

http://shrewsbury.wickedlocal.com/article/20150701/NEWS/150709185/

David T. Lee. Photo by Tanya Kawecki.

David T. Lee. Photo by Tanya Kawecki.

Book written by child author David T. Lee. Photo by Tanya Kawecki.Kickoff 2015

Book written by child author David T. Lee. Photo by Tanya Kawecki.Kickoff 2015

Adios!

David

Summer Reading Checkup for July 1st, 2015

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 02•15

Hey everybody!

I kicked off summer reading with the Maze Runner! Maze Runner is about a boy with a wiped memory who ends up in a community of amnesic boys, which is surrounded by a deadly and ever-changing maze. The boys plan an escape when the artificial community starts to break down after the arrival of the only girl. The book was filled with vivid descriptions and unique ideas. This thriller was very hard to put down and I was hooked. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

I also took a peek at what my younger sibling was reading:

Alex Rider: Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz is a pulse-pounding spy thriller. The protagonist is chased around by a genetic scientist, a millionaire criminal, a snoopy reporter and an Australian spy in a frantic chase to stop a controlled poisoning of Africa. The book is filled with action, guns and gore. However, I found the book too similar to other spy books I have read.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick is basically a 400-page long picture book telling the story of two deaf people struggling through life 50 years apart from each other and how their stories combine in a surprising twist. The pictures are great, but the story lacks much drama (the book has very few words), so the novel was quite boring.

One Thousand and One Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean: This original spinoff of the classic tale is fantastically grand. A woman named Scherazad marries a king who has so little emotion he always kills his wife and remarries another every night. The new queen tells stories to her husband for one thousand and one nights to show the heart-hardened king that not all wives are disloyal. The king is subdued by the new queen’s beauty and masterful storytelling.

Other than the summer reading lists, I am also reading:

How to Clone a Mammoth by Beth Shapiro: This book explains in detail the process of genetically “resurrecting” extinct species. It also explains why ancient DNA is so hard to salvage.

Our Choice by Al Gore: Filled with full-page color photos and visual diagrams, Al Gore explains the causes behind global warming and how we can stop it. It is interesting to note that Al Gore received a Nobel Prize for his efforts in environmental protection.

Rocket Men by Craig Nelson: This book chronicles every second of the Apollo 11 mission and provides a history of rockets, from Wernher von Braun to Robert Goddard to the Space Race. Rocket Men turns the well-known moon mission into a nonfiction thriller. It was impossible for me to put this book down.

Leaving Orbit: Notes from the last days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean (winner of the 2012 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize): This narrative talks about the last three space missions and the future of space travel. The first-person perspective is in-depth and informative as the author retells of her frantic rush to see the last three rocket missions (Endeavor, Discovery and Atlantis).

March: Book Two by John Lewis, Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin: March is a nonfiction graphic novel telling of Freedom Rider John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr’s March on Washington. The book portrays the extremely harsh cruelties the black people face as they protest for their rights. Shining a new light on the March, it is a powerful retelling of the Negro people’s demand for equality.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: This suspenseful, spiritual and twist-filled tale tells of the adventures of Robert Langdon as he investigates the murder of a friend, follows clues leading to the Holy Grail and discovers shocking messages embedded in Da Vinci’s paintings. This intriguing thriller will keep you reading until the end.

Ten Million Aliens by Simon Barnes: This book attempts to explain all the biological species of the world in a humorous and interesting way. I haven’t gotten far on this book, so I don’t have much more to say about it.

See you later!
David

A wonderful Summer Kickoff Event at Shrewsbury Public Library!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 27•15

Greetings!

This year, the library was moved to the temp site. I participated in the Local Authors Meet and Greet event from 3-6 PM. There weren’t as many authors around at the event as last year. Next to my table, there was a startup publishing company named DarkSpace Publishing. The company was established by two young authors. Kash Jain and Tanner Walling will be going to 8th grade next year. They do not have paperback books for sale at the moment but they had unique ideas to share and enticing excerpts to show! I was surprised Kash and Tanner both went to my middle school 2 years ago and were there watching my book presentation at the school auditorium during the school’s December 2013 community meeting for 5th and 6th graders.

During the event, wind displaced foam boards on my table. I borrowed string from the DarkSpace authors and with the help of Mr. Warty (a grandpa we have never met before), the most wind-vulnerable items were intricately tied to our table and a flagpole. My gratitude to Mr. Warty, Kash and Tanner was enormous.

Halfway through the event, Tanya from the Shrewsbury Chronicle gave me an interview. Tanya asked me questions about my writing experience. I showed her my books and told her I maintain a blog to inspire young kids to read and write more often. She took several pictures of me in front of my table. This would be the third time a local newspaper journalist interested in my writing career.

Towards the end of the event, I had a good chat with Robbin Miller. I learned that Robbin hosts a chat show called Miller Chat Show on Channel 28. She is also an advocate for people with disabilities. Robbin thought that the audio text-to-speech recordings of my first book would be helpful for children having visual impairment or blindness. She recommended a list of organizations to contact, including a school, an audio journal, a radio recording service and a government organization.

Although those three hours I spent there were not lucrative (I only sold one copy of my first book “Danny and the Portal of the World”), the hours were surely interesting, exciting and fun!

Here are some photos from the event:

2015 Local Author Meet and Greet

2015 Local Author Meet and Greet

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Have a wonderful weekend!
David

Come see me at the 2015 annual Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 25•15

Hello folks!

I am so excited to announce that I will be at the 2015 annual Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival (this Friday, June 26) at Shrewsbury Public Library’s temporary location! The outdoor event will be my 4th time participating in the carnival’s Author Showcase. From 3:00PM to 6:00PM, I will be selling and signing books. You will also hear the latest news about the 4th book’s progress (just ask)!

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Have an awesome week!
David

Happy Father’s Day!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 21•15

Hello everyone!

Today is Father’s Day. Enjoy a slideshow honoring Father’s Day I made several years ago!

Have a happy Father’s Day!
David

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