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The Age of Amy: Channel '63 - Bruce Edwards

4 Stars!


ABOUT THE BOOK -
You enter a dark room with only the glow of a retro swag lamp to light the way. Sitting on a plaid couch under a sunburst clock, you turn on a vintage TV that only gets one station: Channel ‘63. No, you haven’t time-traveled back to the 1960s. You are in a theme park attraction where visitors can watch, and even interact with the people of that turbulent decade!

16-year-old Amy spends a lot of time in the Used-To-Be TV pavilion. Postwar America has always held a special fascination for her. It was a simple time of TV dinners and white picket fences, with no hackers, frackers, or terrorists to intrude on one’s happiness. Dysfunctional families were few, unlike Amy’s, which is on the verge of collapse. She has petitioned the courts to be "emancipated" from her parents -- a legal procedure that allows minors to be released from parental custody. Her only problem is, she has nowhere else to go.

The time warp attraction provides Amy with little more than a part-time escape from this family crisis. She is hopelessly depressed, until she meets a tenderhearted boy on the black and white TV. The understanding teenager offers Amy the solace she desperately needs, and she immediately bonds with his loving family -- the kind she wishes she had.

ABOUT THE 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. His passion lies in exploring the peculiarities in human behavior through imaginative storytelling. Mr. Edwards lives in Orange County, California.

Visit the website - HERE

MY THOUGHTS -
This is the third book in the series but my first one to read. This was such a cute, fun book. It really makes me want to go and read the other ones. What a nice YA book or even one for middle school reader. It was clean, fast paced and fun. I love how the author added some paranormal elements to it. The whole time-travely stuff was great and done very well! I thought it was perfect and not over done like it sometimes can be.

I loved Amy and I thought the character development was excellent. I did feel like I could really connect with her as I am sure a lot of teen girls will.

I thought the story line, going back in time through a TV was a great and very original idea.
But - this book was not just a fun read, there was also a few lessons to be learned. So all-in-all a great read for teens and pre-teens.

Thanks to Bruce Edwards for sending me his e-book for my honest review!

Pick up your copy from amazon - HERE

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