The Reading Guru is proud to host a snippet today from YA book “The Age of Amy: Channel ’63”. We hope you enjoy the snippet.
“So, how’s the lawsuit going?” asked Hubert.
“It’s not a lawsuit,” I said. “I’m exercising my right to be emancipated from my parents. Lincoln emancipated the slaves. Why shouldn’t I have the same privilege?”
“If I had my way, you could move in with my family, but my narrow-minded folks won’t hear of it.”
“That’s okay. I’ll find a place. I’ve just got to get away from my family.”
“Running away is a more accurate description, wouldn’t you say?”
“Whatever. All I know is that I want my freedom.”
“No, you don’t,” insisted Hubert. “You’re thinking of this thing as a form of escape, but it’s not that at all. I have a theory.” (Hubert has theories on everything.) “You’re not running, so much as searching. You’re on a quest to find the perfect family.”
“What’s wrong with that?” I said. “Doesn’t everybody deserve one?”
“Girl, that’s a statistical impossibility. There’s no such thing. You should spend less time looking for a place to run away to, and more time finding out where you belong. You’ve got a good thing going, and you don’t even know it.”
“Not as good as the Cleaver’s,” I said.
“Who are they?”
“You know, the family on those Leave It to Beaver reruns.”
“They’re a fake TV family of the early ‘60s—an idealized version of life that never existed. The real ‘60s were nothing like that. And if you don’t believe me, I know a place you can go to see for yourself.”
Hubert displayed a Theme Farm guide map on his tablet. He tapped the screen and zoomed into an attraction. “Here it is,” he said. “Used-to-Be TV.”
“A new attraction. It’s where you go into a room and sit down in front of a TV. You turn it on, but instead of watching a broadcast channel, you watch another time.”
“That doesn’t make sense,” I said. ”How can you watch something live that already happened?
“Apparently, some genius has found a way to capture live video signals from another year, and display them on TVs in the present. You can even talk to people in real time, like talking to a neighbor over a fence, except that you’re here and they’re in the past.”
“That’s pretty cool, but what makes you think I’d be interested?”
“They’re now displaying a signal from 1963!”
That was all I needed to hear. Used-to-Be TV would definitely be my next stop. Imagine talking to someone in the time of Beaver, Opie, and Fred Flintstone.
About The Book
Author: Bruce Edwards
Genre: Young Adult
What if you could tune your TV to the year 1963, and watch—live? A new theme park attraction allows visitors to not only observe, but talk with the people of that turbulent decade. For 16-year-old Amy, it’s the perfect escape from her own time, and the hardships of teenage life in the 21st century.
Things get complicated when Amy falls for a teenage boy in the 60s. Trying to build a relationship across time proves maddening, especially when computers bleep any language that might impact the future. Happily, Amy acquires a “magic clicker” which defeats this annoying restriction. But gaining the ability to speak freely comes with a heavy responsibility: Amy now has the power to alter history!
She struggles to be mindful of her speech, but finds the temptation to reverse the mistakes of the past irresistible. It is November, 1963 on the other side of the TV screen, and President Kennedy is about to be assassinated. Knowing the details of that tragic event, Amy hatches a dangerous plot to save the 35th president, unaware of the deadly consequences facing her long-ago friend, who must carry it out.
Award-winning author Bruce Edwards is a former Hollywood film animator, and brings the whimsy of a character artist to his stories. A music major in college, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. Bruce’s thought-provoking books for young adults are never short on fun, fantasy, and imagination.