Over the years I have worked as a nurse, a school teacher, a martial arts instructor, baseball, figure-skating and gymnastics coach as well as an artist, selling my paintings in an art gallery. I have been part of an orchestra, flown planes and gone on wilderness hikes. I am an officer in the Canadian Forces, and though I have taught on different military bases, for now I work primarily with cadets. Writing full time is my next goal.
The biggest thing on 15-year-old Tommy's mind is convincing Mom to let him go to the drive-in, but when an accident claims his mother's life and puts him in the hospital, the arrival of his estranged, alien father brings more changes than he had bargained for. It doesn't take his father long to figure out that Tommy knows nothing about who or what he is. Without any explanation, Tommy finds himself onboard his father's spaceship where he is forced to trust a man he does not know in a world he knows even less about.
Adapting to his new life seems overwhelming, and his father's solution may prove to be Tommy's finest challenge yet...Jayden. A few months younger than Tommy, high strung and always in a mood, the doctor's daughter definitely didn't like being 'told' to help Tommy fit in. Jayden is not the most welcoming or patient of tutors, let alone a friend. As fate would have it, Tommy quickly learns that none of these things compare to the peril that comes from being born with amethyst eyes.
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"Amethyst Eyes by Debbie Brown is a sci-fi tale geared towards young adults. Tommy is a typical teenager (except for the fact that he has amethyst eyes) who just wants to hang out with his friends and have a good time. One fateful day he is traveling to town with his mother, when they are hit head-on. Tragically, his mother does not survive the ordeal. Tommy's world is turned upside down as he lies in the hospital, recovering from his injuries while grieving the loss of his mother. His father arrives and, to his shock and awe, Tommy realizes that he is an alien. Tommy is taken aboard his father's ship where a whole new world awaits him, not all of it pleasant. Jayden, the ship doctor's sullen teenage daughter, is tasked with orienting Tommy to their way of life, and she is anything but pleased with the assignment. Tommy faces bullying from other children on the ship and real danger from the Binari race who seek to destroy those with amethyst eyes like his.
Amethyst Eyes is an engaging tale about coming of age and teen angst, made more interesting with the additional components of aliens and outer space. Reluctant readers will easily become engrossed in the tale of Tommy and his adventures. Tommy is a down to earth, likeable character and the reader easily identifies with his plight. Jayden's character is interesting to read as she matures from a cranky and rambunctious teen to being a real friend to Tommy. Debbie Brown has crafted a memorable tale that leaves the reader anxious to read the next installment."
- Reviewed by Michelle Mollohan for Readers' Favorite