(Young Adult Fantasy)
How many of us remember those days when we were smaller and reveled in the moments when we first learned to skip a rock? For me, it was my grandmother and I still remember every quiet, reverent moment. I hope that all of you had a moment like that in your childhood-one so special that it remains with you years later. I hope that all of you had a person like that in your childhood-one who saw past the outside ugliness and awkwardness to the potential inside.
Calvin Cobble is one such boy who has both that moment and that person. Good thing, too, because little else goes his way. Calvin Comet Cobble (I want his name!) lives at an orphanage deep inside the earth. (What a powerful statement on throw-away kids like those who languish in orphanages!) Calvin is subjected to tyrannous treatment by bullies, teachers and principals and decides one day to run into the darkness because that has to be better than the light. The darkness is the ‘other side’ of the island where they keep prisoners. (What a powerful statement on throw-away adults!) Once in the darkness Calvin meets a mysterious man who helps him to unravel his own life mystery.