About the book...
At almost 15, late-bloomer Bea Parker has just discovered that her aunt, uncle and cousins—the only family she’s ever known—aren’t actually related to her and don’t know anything about her birth parents. Then a strange, high-tech device shows up in her room in the middle of the night with a note promising answers about her shadowed past. This alien technology takes her on a journey that forces her to leave behind Earth, and everything she knows, to meet her destiny.
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Excerpt - Chapter 14: The Bat Phone
The older one stepped toward her, looking as shocked as she was, and then said her name. It came out sounding odd, more like “Bay-a-trees,” with the rolling like Mrs. D. did in Spanish class. He reached his hand toward her, through the projected window and right out into the room. She leaned back into Calvin to avoid his grasp and lost hold of the viewer. It fell to the floor, and the screen went black.
“He said your name,” Calvin said in disbelief.
“Wow, that seemed so real,” Bea said, standing up and forcing a nervous laugh.
“Ah, Bea, I think that was real,” Calvin said. “They could see us.”
“You’re crazy. It was just a video or recording or something,” Bea said a little too quickly, unable to squelch a nervous giggle.
“Bea, I thought we were messing around with some high-tech equipment. I thought this was some kind of black-ops instrument or something—which was intense enough. But that’s not what it is.” Calvin paused. “Most definitely not. Remember when I made that joke about proof of life on another planet?” He said, “Well, I think we found it.”
“Come on. You are such a drama queen.” Bea was almost angry. “Just ‘cause they have weird spots on their faces? That’s not proof.”
“No, not the spots. Did you see out that guy’s window?” Bea shook her head. “There were two moons.”
Meet the Author - Jeanne Barker
I began my first novel at age 12. I still have the ring binder with the hand-written pages of OOTG-1 (that stands for Out of the Galaxy)—the story of the first manned expedition to venture forth beyond our galaxy. Alas, after about thirty pages my hand got tired and the crew never left the Milky Way. But that experience sparked a lifelong love of writing which has continued through my school days to the present.
When I'm not enjoying the alternate universes of my written creations, I live, work, and play Seattle, Washington.
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