Saturday, 20 May 2017

Maya the Adventureless

Welcome to Sally's book-a-day-for-2017 blog. If unfamiliar with the blog, scroll down.

Maya the Adventureless (Post 140)

Maya the Adventureless (2001), was originally named Watch Dog and starred the Archer family from the Bandinangi Books series. It is very much a Bandinangi-style story. It was originally narrated by Rachel, Justin took the "Nick" role and Jeremy, the "Alexander" role. Granny, Grandpa, Peabrain, George and Mellie retain their own names and personalities.
I am not sure why the three children were renamed, but possibly it had to do with a requirement to use a pen name, in this case, Patrick Farrell. 

The story is about Maya, who complains that she never has adventures. This is a feature in One Weird Week, Post 56, in which both Jeremy and Justin have weird adventures while Rachel missed out. In this story, Maya's lack of imagination is mentioned, and she gets into a bet with Nick that there is/is not, something weird down Ticking Lane. This is a cumulative story as Maya get trapped in the attic of Clock House by a mysterious dog and, as each family member comes looking for her, each gets trapped in turn. The clues about the dog are there in the text, allowing alert readers to work it out. This is one of my favourites of this series and I wish I could remember why we made the changes.

About the Blog 

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service, leave me a message.

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