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22nd October 2015

Jo-Kin Battles the It cover

Jo-Kin Battles the It

Written by Karen Tyrrell

Released: October 2015

AUTHOR: Karen Tyrrell
ILLUSTRATOR: Trevor Salter
ISBN: 9780994302106
FORMATS: eBook & Paperback
PUBLISHER: Digital Future Press
PUB DATE: October 10th, 2015
CATEGORY: Illustrated Children’s Novel
AUDIENCE: 7- 12 years
DISTRIBUTION: Lightning Source, Amazon, Dymocks, Ingram Content Peter Pal, James Bennett, ALS
EXTENT: 110 pages
AU RRP: eBook: $3.99
Paperback: $14.95

SYNOPSIS: Goof ball Josh Atkins aka Jo-Kin wins the Super Space Kid contest alongside nerdy Sam Jones aka Sam-Wich. Their first Super Space Kid mission is to save the galaxy from deadly alien, called the It. When the It kidnaps Captain Astra, it’s a race against time. Can Josh save Astra, the galaxy and us all … before it’s too late? Blast off with Jo-Kin in this hilarious space adventure to empower kids with resilience, team building and brain power skills, illustrated by Trevor Salter. Download FREE teacher notes and FUN kids ac-tivities. Themes: humour, resilience, teamwork, bullying, self-esteem, family, friendship. *5 STAR REVIEWS: Publishers, agents, teachers, sci-fi writ-ers , authors, and school counsellors. Aligned with Kids Matter: Australian curriculum.

Q. Tell us about yourself.

Karen Tyrrell is a Brisbane award winning resilience author, teacher and presenter. Karen writes books to empower children and adults to live strong. Karen is the author of picture book Bailey Beats the BLAH  and mid-grade STOP the Bully  both endorsed by Kids Helpline. Picture book, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember  won a RADF grant. All books are aligned with Kids Matter, Australian curriculum.

Q. What is your book about?

Jo-Kin Battles the It  is an illustrated, humorous space adventure, book 1 of the Super Space Kids series with 20K. Can Jo-Kin save Captain Astra and the galaxy …and defeat the IT before it’s too late?

Q. Who is your target audience for this book?

Children 7+, scifi fans, lovers of humour and illustrated novels, teachers, counsellors, librarians and families.

Q. What aspects did you find challenging in writing this book?

I wrote Jo-Kin Battles the It  in layers. Firstly, I created a humorous, entertaining story with characters you care about. Next I added humour and positive messages about resilience, teamwork and brainpower. The challenge was to make it as intriguing as possible.

Q. What does your book offer the reader that differs from others covering similar subjects?

Jo-Kin Battles the It  delivers an entertaining story about a geeky boy who dreams of zooming off into space to save the world. I combined humour, action-adventure and mystery in an engaging illustrated novel. Plus I wove in positive messages of resilience, teamwork and brain power.

Q. How did the idea for this book come about?

Three motivations intersected…

  1. A picture of a boy with a suitcase arriving on some distant planet inspired me to create the ending of an intriguing story. Then I wrote the story backwards to create the story leading up to that point.
  2. I switched from writing sci-fi for adults to writing sci-fi for children, for my very first story for children. (I started this children’s story before my other three books)
  3. I wrote Jo-Kin Battles the It  as a means of escape from a very tough time in my life.

Karen Tyrrell
Karen Tyrrell

My name is Karen Tyrrell, Brisbane award winning children’s author, teacher and accredited speaker. I have successfully published three resilience books for children: Bailey Beats the BLAH  PB and STOP the Bully  MG. I recently won a RADF grant to publish Harry Helps Grandpa Remember  PB. I attained a mentorship with Society of Editors QLD, two mental health achievement awards and a total of three grants. I present writing talks at Queensland Writers Centre, CYA Conference, Brisbane Writers Festival, Moreton Bay Libraries, Gold Coast Writers Festivals, Toowoomba Writers Festival, bookshops, schools and libraries.

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