I have a fantastic author for you to meet today, one writes historical fantasy for teens, especially male teens. Meet Ethan Coffee, who left California for a few years to study at Purdue University, but is now back in the Golden State. His series, Fables of the Flag, chronicles Jack Preston’s journey through time as he meets famous figures in American history.
Ethan’s exciting historical adventure stories should tear the typical teenage male video-gamer away from his games. Why do I know this? I have four grown sons who I taught to love reading via Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. But none of them read much anymore because there weren’t enough exciting books for male teens when they needed them. Well, Ethan Coffee did something about it by writing Fables of the Flag. Here’s a short introduction.
Jack Preston, an ordinary kid on his 8th grade trip to Washington DC, finds himself mysteriously transported back in time to 1720 Massachusetts. Finding a world without cars, phones and other conveniences of modern life takes some getting used to, but he’s even more surprised to meet a young Founding Father, Ben Franklin.
Being a righteous fellow, Ben befriends the confused and tattered Jack and offers him a place to stay. When Jack overhears a seedy plan that will ruin Ben’s brother’s printing business, Jack vows to help find the culprit before it’s too late.
From the streets of Colonial Boston, to the cargo hold of a huge galleon, Jack realizes he’s on the most bizarre, but important, adventure of his life. As Jack is thrown into a whirlwind of conspiracy, he realizes that much more than a printing company is at stake. An adventure is one thing, but being stuck hundreds of years in the past is quite another.
Reviews: A Bookish Affair 4.5/5
The second installment, Fables of the Flag: The Surveyor’s Tale, will be released July 1st. For more information, check out Ethan’s website, Fables Facebook Page, and follow him on Twitter.
Ethan, why did you choose to write Fables?
I wanted to explore the lives of the Founding Fathers before they made their marks on the world. Sometimes we forget that these were real people who had weaknesses and problems like any of us today. A time travelling protagonist was the perfect fit for moving the story through time and also introducing a fish-out-of-water element as Jack struggles to get used to an entirely different way of life. Ultimately, Fables is a fun, engaging story that will encourage readers to learn more about American history without being a textbook in disguise.
Wow, I’m pretty sure your book would be a great choice for teachers to share in their classrooms. And now a question forthe main character,Jack Preston. Why would I want to read your story?
My story is unlike any other. A week ago, I was a normal eighth-grader on a trip to Washington DC. Now, I’m two hundred years in the past and trying to get past pirates, kidnappers, and soldiers to get home again. Luckily, I’ve had some help from some people who I never thought I would meet, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. I even met my best friend’s distant ancestor. It’s been a crazy trip for sure!
What is your greatest hope or your biggest fear (or both)?
My greatest hope is just to get home! Right now, I’m on an incredible journey and have already met some unbelievable people, but I still want to get home to my family. My biggest fear is that my time in the past is changing things. Believe me, as much as I want to get home, I don’t want to mess up the time-space continuum doing it.
What have you learned so far on your journey?
Never give up. There have been a few situations where I thought I was a goner for sure, but things have had a way of working out for me so far. I have no way of knowing where the flag is going to send me next, so I’ve just got to keep taking each challenge one at a time and focusing on what’s in front of me.
Who would you like to meet next?
Abraham Lincoln is my favorite President, even if he wasn’t actually a vampire hunter. I’m pretty distant in time from him right now, but the way things have been going, I’m sure I’ll bump into him at some point.
That sounds awesome, Jack. Thanks! Now for some background on the guy who’s been recording your travels through American history.
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