Karmack by J.C. Whyte
Age Range: 8-12
Print Length: 140 pages
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (June 6, 2013)
Series or Stand Alone: Stand alone
Genre: Contemporary fantasy
Karmack is the
story of three tough guys notorious for pulling pranks at Higgins Elementary.
But things begin to change when a strange little creature enters their lives.
From that point on, their pranks start coming back like boomerangs, smacking
them right in their 5th grade butts!
The leader of the bullies
– Sully – is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. The
creature tells Sully that its job is to balance all the bad karma the boys have
amassed over the years. But if Karmack fails, the boys will suffer “dreadful,
awful doom”. As an example of such doom, Karmack reminds Sully of that neighbor
kid who shot at crows with his BB gun – one day he crashed his bike into a pigeon
coop and emerged as the Abominable Snowman of bird poop! Worse yet, his trigger
finger had been crushed by a falling perch. That
kind of doom.
Sully soon realizes he
must save not only himself but his gang from this doom, even though his friends
have no idea why their pranks keep boomeranging. Of course, calamity and
hilarity follow. But in the end, Sully and the guys learn a valuable lesson
about the consequences of being a bully, and what it takes to be a true leader.
The book is aimed at children ages 8 to 12, and is a
perfect read-aloud for classrooms. It is available at all major online stores such as
amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
About the Author:
J.C. Whyte discovered her love for
writing while she was still in elementary school. Back then of course, she
wrote only children’s stories. But as a grownup, J.C. had to face the harsh
reality that such writing seldom pays the bills. So she got her degrees in
Journalism and Communications, and turned to Public Relations, where for many
years she focused her creative energies in feature writing.Then after marriage, kids, several more
degrees and occupations (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal),
J.C. entered law school. While there, she became a columnist for the student
newsletter and one of her humorous articles was even published in The National Jurist.
After graduating and passing the Bar,
J.C. realized within a few years that creative writing was still what made her
heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she’s returned to writing for children. And with
the publication of Karmack, she’s
come full circle, back to where her writing journey truly began.
Through front yards, backyards, and down the main road, the pursuers continued to chase the squealer into town. Sully, Breeze, and Gonzo (also known as Curtis Sullenburg, Matthew Brezinski, and Carlos Gonzalez) were the toughest dudes in fifth grade. Everyone knew these three were definitely trouble. And the worst was Sully, their leader.
The old Statewide Bank building lay just ahead, on the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue. And that was where the squealer ran out of gas.
Sully immediately pinned him to the ground, right there at the corner. Lying in the snow, the squealer looked petrified. Sully laughed and let go of the boy—just knowing he scared the living daylights out of the kid was enough for Sully. But not Gonzo—he dropped his backpack on the left side of the squealer’s face. “That’s for making us chase you,” he said.
Sully let out a loud “Hah!”
Then the boys heard a rumble. It came from above them—from the pitched roof of the bank. Sully looked up in time to see a bundle of snow drop from the roof. It fell downward, toward Gonzo, who was still hovering over the squealer.
“Hey, look out,” Sully shouted, but not in time. Gonzo did look up, just as the pile of snow hit his face. The squealer managed to squirm out of the way and take off down the road. Breeze began to dig out his friend.
But Sully was frozen to his spot, still gazing at the roof of the bank. Because he saw something up there—a small figure no bigger than a two-year-old. And was it… laughing?
Sully knew it couldn’t be a child. Not with that long, fat nose. Definitely not a child.
Was it just his imagination? Or maybe…a reflection…from ice on the roof? After giving his eyes a good rub, Sully changed his view of the roof by walking around the corner. And there—there was that little guy, laughing again! The creature in the funny green outfit saw Sully too. Then came a flash of light as it darted to the other side of the roof, beyond Sully’s vision.
“Breeze…did you…see that?” Sully wanted to know.
“Yeah, Gonzo got dumped on. Lucky break for the squealer.”
“No, I mean…ah, forget it.” Sully knew he’d seen someone. Yet…
Never the shy one, Sully next ran into the bank to question the first teller he saw. “Is some guy up on the roof?”
“You got some guy shoveling snow off the roof? My friend, he got dumped on.”
“Uh, not that I’m aware of.” The female teller turned around and asked the branch manager the same question. Then she returned to Sully. “No one’s on the roof. What’s the problem?”
“I saw…somebody…up there.”
The manager came to the counter. “There’s no one up there, son. Some snow must’ve fallen from the roof. Is your friend all right?”
“Yeah, I guess. But I coulda sworn I saw someone up there.”
The teller smiled. “Probably just glare from the sun. Nice to have some sun today, isn’t it?”
But Sully only shrugged and walked out of the bank.
The guys were waiting for him outside. Gonzo was dusty with snow. And he was cradling the left side of his face. It was red and starting to swell.
“What’s going on?” asked Breeze.
“That’s what I wanna know.” Sully frowned as he committed the creature’s face to his memory. Anyone crossing Sully usually lived to regret it.
That is…until now.
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