May 24, 2016
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Artifacts by Pete Catalano
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It’s funny how one little letter can change a person’s life. Jax and his friends have been planning the summer of a lifetime at Camp Runamuck. However, when one of them is facing summer at a school desk for failing English, they watch those plans crash and burn!
At the last moment they’re given a way out.
An extra credit assignment to find several fake artifacts for a fairy tale display their teacher is presenting at the local library.
Thinking they’ve hit the easiest-extra-credit-ever jackpot, they begin rummaging through any piles of junk they can find. As they start putting the clues together, they realize that what they’re really searching for is one authentic artifact that can rewrite fairy tales!
Enlisting the aid of the Lost Boys, Jax and his friends battle fairy tale villains to see who can get their hand, or their hook, on it first.
Artifacts by Pete Catalano
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
I appreciate the opportunity to talk about ARTIFACTS and that it’s coming out on May 17, 2016 and everyone in the world needs to buy it so I can become rich and famous and own an island somewhere that can also become a makeshift lair when needed. Not that a lair would be needed all that often but most times when you really need one you can’t find one.
Also, years ago Pete Catalano found an Artifact that allows him to write great Middle Grade stories. Keeping it a secret but putting it to good use, he’s completed several new novels, and not surprisingly, can be found always working on the next new idea. He lives in Charlotte, NC with one beautiful wife, two very needy one hundred pound sheep dogs, and a multitude of characters inside his head — battling to get out.
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Enlisting the aid of the Lost Boys, Jax and friends battle fairy tale villains to see who can get their hand, or their hook, on it first!
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
The idea of being able to change the past has always been fascinating. One day I switched around a little and it became “what if fairy tale villains became the heroes and the heroes became the villains”. The next step was “What exactly would I need to make that happen?” the “what if” became the ARTIFACT.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Jax is someone who really likes to have his friends around him . . . all his friends. Their relationship is also a “no man left behind” relationship so when their trip to summer camp becomes endangered because of his friend Crunch having to go to summer school, Jax has to find a way to help him. He’s pretty much the leader of their group and the one who can keep things in perspective.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I love the scene where Crunch finds the paintbrush of Wally Dodo, the greatest comic book artist whoever lived. He uses the paintbrush and everything it touches turns into a gigantic, animated copy of itself. And Crunch uses it with such flair!
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
I needed to re-write a part of a fairy tale and make sure that John Bartholomew Hook never actually became a captain. It was very satisfying when it was finished.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’m working on a new contemporary fantasy chapter book series called ON THE STREET WHERE I LIVE. At the start of each story the narrator, ten-year-old Mae Taylor, comes out from her house, settles in on the top porch step, and tells the story about one of the houses on the street and the family that lives there. Some of the stories are spooky, some are scary, most are funny, and they are all hard to believe. Having lived through a couple of terrifying days at her own house, Mae knows they’re all true.
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