Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Remembering Kaylee Cooper" by Christopher Francis: GUEST POST & REVIEW!!!

Remembering Kaylee Cooper
by Christopher Francis

Genre: middle-grade paranormal-fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release : September 30, 2014

Cover Artist: Christopher Francis


Kaylee Cooper is certain that Alex will become friends with a ghost this year. Alex thinks that he is far too old to be listening to a first grader and encourages Kaylee to stop jeopardizing his important sixth grade social life. Kaylee doesn’t listen and finds awkward ways to spend as much time with Alex as possible, even if it means following him into the boy’s washroom.

Fed up, Alex develops a strategic plan to ultimately help him get rid of Kaylee Cooper for good.

However, he soon learns about the mysterious legend of Screaming Ridge that pulls and unlikely group of friends together, including the girl of his dreams, and the school’s meanest bully. When they discover that the legend is real, and that Kaylee Cooper is at the core of the mystery, Alex stares death in the face and helps save her from an eternal life of misery and confusion.

Guest Post

Remembering Kaylee Cooper by Chris Francis

Remembering Kaylee Cooper is a middle-grade paranormal novel focusing on the life of an eleven year-old boy who becomes intrigued by the oddities of a first grade girl named Kaylee Cooper.

Constructing Kaylee Cooper.

Bringing Kaylee Cooper to life made me laugh. Her eccentric, unpredictable personality reminds me of the little terrors who run wild at my school. I'm an eighth grade teacher, always excited about the learning that goes on in my classroom. The idea of tapping into the adolescent mind each day brings an indescribable fulfillment to me. Yet, I am blessed with the opportunities to work with the primary students. To see the world through their eyes brings a smile to my face as I experience a sense of wonderment that comes with being six years old. Their worlds are so abstract, filled with questions and curiosity.

That's how I see Kaylee Cooper.

The walls she builds around herself as a means of feeling secure is something I see every day. She draws her own conclusions about the complex world around her, but walks cautiously at the same time. Kaylee Cooper lives in a bubble, a bubble shaped by the events that surround her life. Her infatuation with the protagonist, Alex Thomas, parallels my relationship with a young girl who lived on my street growing up. Every day she told me how much she loved me and wanted to marry me!

This little girl scared me. Like Alex in this story, I wanted to avoid her as much as possible. Riding to the bus stop each morning, I pedaled extra hard so that I could avoid her flagging me down and reciting whatever poetic verse she had practiced for me...

She was four years old. I was ten.

For years I have been covering kindergarten and grade one classes, teaching drama and art. The different faces and behaviors coming in and out of my life are often a blur. However, every now and then I come across that unique personality; the one who makes you laugh...the one who, at times, even makes you cry.

I remember too clearly, in my first couple of years teaching, a young girl whose parents split up. She came to school each day, fighting back the tears, but somehow overcoming the darkness she had inside. She put on a brave face for me, and always said hello in the hall. I wanted to draw on her bravado, and add this layer to Kaylee's already complex character.

Who is Kaylee Cooper?

Kaylee Cooper is the screaming kid in the playground who wants another push on the swing.
Kaylee Cooper is the finger poker in art class, who wants to show you her picture every two minutes.
Kaylee Cooper is the emotional roller coaster who hates you and loves you at the same time.
Kaylee Cooper is all the quirky tidbits you see in that loud, attention-seeking youth.

However, what this story reveals - what is learned through the eyes of Alex Thomas - is what this little girl isn’t.

Kaylee Cooper isn't like any other child.

About The Author: 

CHRISTOPHER FRANCIS Born in Brisbane, Australia, Christopher was accepted at age 19 into Sheridan College’s Animation program before earning a degree in Sociology from McMaster University. 

He then enjoyed a two-year adventure overseas working with children, before completing his Bachelor of Education degree at York University. He is now teaching junior and intermediate level students in Burlington, Ontario. 

Through Christopher’s experience working with children, he found writing and illustrating to be one of his passions. Currently working on a middle grade series, he recently completed and illustrated the first three books. He has also created seven other children’s picture books and illustrated children’s novels for independent authors.

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What did Sister Sinister think?
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I give it 5 Stars!
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I was given the opportunity to read to review REMEMBERING KAYLEE COOPER as a part of the blog tour and I was instantly adoring of it. The author is skillful in his depiction of the students in this book, with Kaylee Cooper being the most special. I even experienced some chills!

Kaylee Cooper seems to be a typical 1st grader with a crush on an older boy. She believes she can predict the future and she always follows up with, "Do you want to know how I know?", reminding me strongly of just about every 6 year old alive. Kaylee has an invisible friend named Amber and she just knows that the older boy she is infatuated with is going to make friends with a ghost soon. Could she be right? And if she is, how could Kaylee possibly know this?

"Remembering Kaylee Cooper" is endearing, funny, spooky, and sad, too. I found it to be a beautiful story and I want to read so much more from Christopher Francis!

1 comment:

  1. Haha this seems like an awesome book. Seeing as I work with kids a lot, I think the 6 year old with her saying is completely realistic! I think my little sister might like this book. :3