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I received a review e-copy of Evertaster by Adam Glendon Sidwell and my kids and I quickly found out why this novel is an Amazon Best-seller! We were laughing by the first page and gasping by the third as we followed the pickiest eater in the world (soon to be known as Evertaster) Guster Johnsonville. My kids could relate to this eleven-year-old's selective tastebuds and learned a few things about being picky and picking trouble. :)
My 9 year old especially wanted me to tell my readers that she loved this book because it had so many interesting parts and it was fun to read about Guster escaping the bad guys.
Here's the back cover blurb:
When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother's casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know — a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever.
Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster — a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster’s heels and the chefs’ reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it’s too late.
If there's a kid in your life--get them this book, and read it with them! You won't want to miss out on this new creative venture. Sidwell takes us into a new realm of middle-grade fiction--tastebud adventureland!
Adam was kind enough to answer a few of my most pressing questions, so I get to share a little Q&A with you about Evertaster.
What do you love most about writing?
I love creating worlds. I love it because it's pure thought and daydreaming, then you have to force it to be real with words. I love the point when, completely unexpectedly, the story and the characters resolve their problems into something complex and real, so that you as a writer feel the excitement of something bigger than what you planned being born.
Help! My kid thinks that she is an Evertaster, but I told her to eat her broccoli anyway. Do you have any advice?
Oh no! This is a dire situation indeed! Tell your kid she has to finish reading the book, then she'll find out in the last chapter why it's so important that she eats your broccoli. Tell her that you're like Mabel Johnsonville, and she's like Guster. If she's truly an Evertaster, she'll understand the importance of even broccoli!
So we've read your first book and we've just enjoyed a wonderful smoothie. What do you have coming up next?
There will be two follow up novels to complete the story arc for Evertaster. Evertaster the Delicious City and Evertaster the Final Season. I’ve started work on the second in the series and outlined the third book. Even sooner than that though, there will be a short story or novella popping up soon in the Evertaster world. You should come Like the facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Evertaster and I'll keep you updated on that (also we have cool giveaways there). In the meantime I’ve got a manuscript called CHUM I’ve finished that has to do with TV and tech-savvy pirates. There are a few follow ups in that series I have outlined as well. There are also a few more books I have in mind and have started writing that I can’t wait to dive in and finish.
Wow! It sounds like Adam is extremely busy--lucky for us! We're looking forward to more!
In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformersand Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles, where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.
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