About the Book
The future looks bleak unless eighteen year-old Lance and his New Camelot Earth Warriors can save the planet from catastrophic climate change. Spurred by twelve year-olds Billy, Enya, Itzamna, and his ten-year-old brother, Chris, Lance creates a branch of Earth Warriors, a youth-led movement designed to save the earth from its greatest enemy – greed. His involvement leads to Earth Warrior crews springing up all across America. Millions of kids leap into action, paralyzing the country and alarming the rich and powerful. Having adopted his father’s philosophy of doing what’s right, rather than what’s easy, Lance makes serious enemies when he calls out New Camelot donors who represent fossil fuel or other polluting industries, and then barely escapes a series of "accidents” designed to kill him. When he challenges the United States Congress to step up and act immediately on the climate crisis, the attacks on him escalate. With the majority of America's kids on his side, Lance and his young Earth Warriors prepare for the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Paris, where they will call upon world leaders to stop talking about sustainability and start acting on it. But whoever wants him dead isn't giving up. Will Lance and his crew live long enough to even get to Paris? Warrior Kids is a standalone tale set within the Children of the Knight universe.
It's sad to think that the only exposure that some kids have to nature is by watching the Discovery Channel or thumbing through an issue of National Geographic.
The indignation behind such injustice is passionately expressed in Michael J. Bowler's latest novel, WARRIOR KIDS. He has his young characters go on a crusade to save the environment before it's too late. Lance, the adopted son of King Arthur, uses his clout for the good of others, getting the warriors exposure to the Pope, Congress, even the U.N.
"I want our young Earth Warriors to see what they're fighting for."
But the greatest gift Lance gives to his energetic troupe is a camping trip to Gila National Forest, a protected wilderness area in New Mexico. The kids are amazed at the sheer beauty they discover. Tilting back their heads, they see trees touching the sky. Removing their shoes, they relax and stick their feet in a gurgling stream. They're enraptured, having never experienced anything like it before.
"Let nature guide you. It won't steer you wrong."
A lot of the Earth Warriors are city kids who grew up in and around Los Angeles. Venturing into the forest reconnects them with a part of their humanity that's remained dormant until now. Spending time outdoors eases their minds and hearts.
"[They] never felt so human as [they] did that day, so in touch with all [their] senses."
And their reawakening couldn't have come at a better time. They're facing the monumental task of swaying politicians, delegates, CEOs—basically every adult in a position of power—to their side. But their most important task is convincing you, the reader, to implement just one of the numerous suggestions found at the end of the book into your own life.
WARRIOR KIDS is not a make believe story. It affects every single one of us, regardless if we live in Washington, Los Angeles, the forests of New Mexico or somewhere in between. We all need to be Earth Warriors, while there's still an earth to protect.
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Formats: ebook, paperback
Genre: Middle Grade
Release: October 6, 2015
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Special message from the author:
THE eBOOK OF WARRIOR KIDS IS FREE FOR EDUCATORS. It is available in the following formats: PDF, Kindle (mobi), and ePub (Nook and iBooks). In addition, teachers can purchase the paperbacks at the per unit cost of $3.08 (plus shipping and applicable tax.) Educators can contact the author via the Warrior Kids Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1505241449796357/) or directly by email – firstname.lastname@example.org. For paperback orders, the author will generate an invoice from Createspace (the physical publisher of the book) and payment can be made through PayPal. There is no profit motive and he will earn nothing off the paperbacks sold to teachers. Per unit cost and shipping rates are exactly as Createspace charges him – no markup. As an educator, he has always sought supplemental reading material that would engage his students on important issues. Having found very little, he decided to write one and make it readily available.
About the Author
Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of nine novels—A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place (Bronze Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, Once Upon A Time In America; Spinner (Winner Hollywood Book Festival; Honorable Mention San Francisco Book Festival; Bronze Medal from Reader’s Favorite; Literary Classics Seal of Approval), and Warrior Kids.
His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.
He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.
He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.
He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook. He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.
He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed him and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.
His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.
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