Wilson Whitlow didn’t talk until he was five and couldn’t stop jabbering after that. At school, he was an expert doodler and daydreamer. He liked to stare out the windows during class, especially in the fall when the leaves were changing. After school, it was peanut butter bread and watching cartoons. He imagined Tom and Jerry turning real and taking him away in a cartoon parade. He sewed clothes for his stuffed animals and held meetings under the covers at bedtime. In the first grade, he had his first crush: a girl named Cindy who wore a purple sweater dress to school. He had a dream he kissed her and woke up in love. He drew comics with big-nosed people and maps of made-up countries. His first story was about a gang of garden vegetables that turned the tables on the gardener. At the end, the watermelon kicked the old man way up into the sky. The vegetables were free!
Wilson grew up and got organized, but that daydreamy little kid never went away. He just took his stuffies and pencils and moved way down inside where today he lives in a sunny little apartment with a drawing table and lots of peanut butter bread and a view of the autumn trees all gold and brown and red.
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson posts sporadically on Twitter: @WhitlowWilson
Mystery of the Khar Chuluu
Chul Sun is on the run. With his lightning speed, he has stolen a small black stone called the khar chuluu. He doesn’t know what it does, he only knows that he must keep it from the man who sent him to steal it.
Anita Aminou comes from a powerful magical family. Burning to prove herself, she runs away from home in hopes of unlocking a dark power she believes can save her family from destruction.
Together, Anita and Chul will cross deserts, seas, and mountains in search of the secret of the khar chuluu. Its magic will lead to a place they least expect: Chul will learn the secret of his past and Anita the limits of her powers.
"I loved this book! . . . The only problem is that it ends!"
- Scout, age 9
"A thrilling tale that’s sure to become one of the best all-time children’s favorites."
- Artisan Book Reviews