SUNDIAL, A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL THAT USES FOOD ALLERGY IN A SUBTLE AND PIVOTAL TWIST: IT IS EVIDENCE OF AN EVOLVING SUPER RACE AND ONE THAT MUST PREVAIL
Feeling different is nothing new to Whitney Forbes – she has accepted that her psychic abilities set her apart. She thought her biggest problem was determining if there was more to handsome Reid Wallace than just his looks and popularity until it is revealed she has an evolved genetic makeup. Now she finds herself wondering if genocide could happen in America and if she has what it takes to stop it.
SUNDIAL explores choices, social isolation, trust and inner self-growth through an exhilarating story driven by compelling and strong characters.
“When you have a food allergy, taking an unnecessary risk is not an option. It requires vigilance, situational awareness, the confidence to communicate and the ability to surround yourself with trustworthy people,” said co-author M.I. Pearsall, whose daughter has a life-threatening peanut allergy. “These are survivor skills and they can give you an edge when life gets challenging.”
“SUNDIAL increases food allergy awareness as a subplot. This makes the book accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Knowing is half the battle, and by understanding the safety needs of food allergic teens it should reduce their feeling of social isolation and help others know what to do to protect a life,” said co-author C.F. Fruzzetti.
Several parents of food allergic children were beta readers for the novel. Katie Morgan, whose ten-year-old son is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and cottonseed and whose seven-year-old daughter is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, said, “I’m thrilled to see food allergy as part of a smart young adult novel. I like that while food allergies are an important issue for these teens, it is not the defining factor in their lives. They have to watch what they eat, but otherwise they are teenagers who are capable, athletic and intelligent and ready to take on the world – literally!”
An in-depth book group and educator discussion guide is available at http://sundialbook.com to further promote relevant discussion and awareness of several issues, including food allergy.