“It’s time to start emphasizing the potential ‘ability’ in those who are diagnosed with disabilities.” That’s just what writer Steve Finegan recently accomplished in his young-adult fantasy novel INTO THE MIST: SILVER HAND, a story about a boy with temporal lobe epilepsy who becomes a mythic hero.
Finegan collaborated with Portland-based pediatrician Dr. Philip Miller to research temporal lobe epilepsy in young adults. “As a pediatrician,” says Dr. Miller, “I believe any child or young adult who has been labeled as ‘quirky’ or ‘different’ for any reason will identify with the main character’s struggles to come to grips with both his epilepsy and the way other people treat him as a result. I found this story compelling and insightful.”
INTO THE MIST: SILVER HAND is the first book in a two-part series.
In the woods behind the park … buried beneath the ground … a secret waits.
Thirteen-year-old Gabe Wrenn is unsettled by his family’s move to the creepy old house on Byrnmor Street. Even more unsettling is the prospect of being the new kid in school on Monday, and the object of everyone’s gawking stares, when all he wants is to be left alone with his sketchpad.
But unsettled can’t begin to describe how Gabe feels when he first stands in The Woods, an old oak grove bordering the park behind his house, and a mysterious voice summons him to “the Door to the East.” It’s an epileptic hallucination for sure, and another sign that his bullying older brother Sam is right: Gabe’s nothing but a brain-damaged freak.
This opinion is not shared by Ellie Yvonne, the impetuous girl next door. With disturbing conviction, Ellie declares that Gabe’s epilepsy makes him special. It could even be the key to unlocking the secret of the Brynmor Witch’s bramble-choked grave at the heart of The Woods.
Steve Finegan sent over this amazing books for me to review. This is one of the best YA books I’ve read lately. Finegan writes both brilliantly and believably. Young teens might find the reading challenging, but it’s worth it.
Because the story is largely focused on Gabe’s drawings I did wish their had been some sketch illustrations of the ‘mythical world’ characters incorporated into the pages, but that really the only thing I would liked to have seen different about the book.
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