Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your wish truly did come true?
Have you ever wondered what the world would look like from the eyes of someone from another world?
I was thinking about those questions when I wrote my new novel, Summer on Earth. This novel tells the story of Grady Johnson, a young boy whose father has recently died. He lives on a small farm, deep in the country, with his mother and younger sister, Luanne. Grady is trying to get his life back to normal, but he knows how hard his Ma is working, trying to make ends meet.
Their lives change when extraterrestrial engineer Ralwil Turth is forced to land on their farm when his space craft loses power. Ralwil has one objective, to fix his power drive and go back home. But things don’t go as planned. Using his advanced technology, Ralwil, who the family knows as Will, takes on the form of a human and starts to work as farmhand for the Johnsons. He connects with Grady’s mind through a synch-link, and is able to understand some of the human language, and starts to understand a bit of this world through the boy’s eyes. He grows to love the exotic charms of this planet, and has a real connection with Grady and his family.
Seeing how they are struggling, and that the source of the problem is a lack of money, Ralwil comes up with a solution. He uses his technology to combine a twenty-dollar bill with an oak twig, and over the next week this new creation grows to a towering tree – every leaf a twenty-dollar bill. He is sure this will solve all the family's problems. It doesn’t.
The Johnson’s sudden wealth starts rumors and suspicion in this small town, and soon their problems are worse. With the family’s fate, and Ralwil’s life, on the line, Grady must find the courage to help his family and save his friend.
In Booklist’s review, they said, - The unique, fablelike story with gentle charm and strongly drawn characters - human and otherwise - will satisfy with its quiet aura of resilience and hopefulness. I hope you will enjoy the way that Ralwil looks at common things as exotic and new. I hope you will see things in your own life a little differently as a result.
About the Author
Peter Thompson grew up in Illinois, and lives near Chicago. He remembers how excited he was when the first astronaut stepped on to the moon. He has had an appreciation of space, and all its possibilities ever since. His love of children’s books developed while reading to his three sons. His first novel, Living Proof, was a thriller published by Berkeley Books. Summer on Earth is his first book for younger readers. It will be released in August of this year.
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The night that eleven-year-old Grady Johnson looked out his window and wished upon a shooting star, his life changed forever.
Grady, his Ma, and younger sister Luanne are having a hard summer. Dad has died and the family
The shooting star he saw was a space craft plunging to Earth, and landing at the back of their farm. Extraterrestrial engineer Ralwil Turth has one goal, to fix his power drive and go back home. But things don’t go as planned. Stuck in human form, he gets to know Grady and his family as he works on their farm. He starts to learn about what it means to be human, and the exotic charms of this planet like the taste of potatoes, and how amazing bugs are.
Ralwil grows to care for Grady and his family. On a trip to town, he realizes that money is what matters to humans, and is the cause of the family’s trouble. That night, he uses his technology to combine a twenty-dollar bill with an oak twig. Over the next week this grows to a towering tree, every leaf a twenty-dollar bill. This, Ralwil is sure, will solve all the family’s problems.
But the family’s wealth raises suspicion in this small town, and this soon leads to more trouble. With the family’s fate, and Ralwil’s life, on the line, Grady has to find the courage to help his family and save his friend.
Summer on Earth blends humor, adventure and poignancy to create an unforgettable story about finding home.