LA Teacher is proud to announce the publication of book two in the Koolura Series by Solstice Publishing. Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback takes the heroine from the The Legend of Koolura and transports her to a sleep-away camp nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountains outside Santa Barbara, California.
About The Legend of Koolura
The first book in the Koolura series tells the story of a sixth grade Armenian girl and how she obtained the cool powers. She has the ability to dematerialize at will and reappear where she chooses. She can move objects with her mind and she can even defy gravity!
But will these powers be of any use in stopping a stalker intent on her destruction? The stalker is determined to retrieve Koolura’s unrealized cool powers and hurt any of her friends who get into his way.
As the hour approaches for Koolura’s final confrontation with her nemesis, she may finally find vengeance to the man who killed her mother.
About The Mystery at Camp Saddleback
Koolura has the ability to teleport, levitate, heal, and even fly. At Camp Saddleback Koolura wakes up drained and powerless. Who has stolen her psychic powers?
As Koolura searches for the truth about her power loss, she and the Chumash Girls have to deal with pranksters ruining their cabin and destroying their summer. Campers plan revenge but problems escalate as lives are threatened. Will Koolura and the Chumash Girls solve the mystery at Camp Saddleback?
What the reviewers have to say:
Nancy Curteman, author of Murder Down Under
Michael Thal takes young readers on an adventure that couples magic super powers with the everyday life of intermediate grade students. Through his main character, Koolura Akopyan, a young sixth grade girl, Thal explores the complexities of school kid friendships, the adjustments needed to manage in today's multi-culture classrooms and the importance of good values.
Koolura is a normal student in Bethune Elementary School. She experiences the same kinds of problems as all the other students. She suffers through poor treatment by snooty girls, comforts a friend whose mother is going through cancer tests and another whose parents are divorcing. She tutors students who can't read or do math. She worries about grades, tests and homework. Every young reader can identify with Koolura and her friends.
Koolura is also different from other students at Bethune because she has the "Cool." It gives her super powers. Sadly, it has also forced her to lead the life of a Nomad. A treacherous stalker seeks to destroy her and steal the "Cool" for himself. Koolura's fearful father has moved her from place to place in an effort to keep her safe.
Koolura's use of her "Cool" to help her fellow students through their difficulties and her effort to keep one step ahead of Neb, her stalker, is what makes Thal's book an exciting experience for young readers.
Special note: I taught sixth grade and when I read Thal's vivid descriptions of school life, I thought I was back in the classroom again.
Koolura is back in a new adventure, six weeks at a sleep away summer camp. She does go with a friend, but finds more once there. She also runs smack into a bunch of mysteries – How are her powers mysteriously draining at night? Who is the boy that keeps making trouble for the campers? What is going on between her dad and Terry? Of course, Koolura also develops a new power or two to go along with this exciting adventure.
Michael L. Thal created this delightful tween in the first book, The Legend of Koolura, and this second part of the series is just as charming and innovative. Each chapter is a new road in an adventure where Koolura is on her own, without her dad nearby. Thal approaches subjects such as taking on new and sometimes frightening experiences, a guy who doesn't know his limits, and learning to communicate with a deaf child. All of this is done in such a friendly way that the reader will be eager to take away these important life lessons.
As with the first book, the characters take on each new experience with some trepidation, a lot of enthusiasm, and in a way to involve readers. The plot moves seamlessly from one moment to the next, always giving just enough of what's expected to whet the appetite. All in all, I highly recommend this fast-paced read for all pre-teens, be they a boy or a girl.
About the Author
Michael L. Thal, an accomplished freelancer, is the author of The Koolura Series and Goodbye Tchaikovsky, the story of a deaf teen violinist. A decade ago, Mr. Thal was a sixth grade teacher. He awoke one morning deafened. Since retiring from the teaching profession, he taught himself how to write. He has written and published over eighty articles for magazines and newspapers including Highlights for Children, The Los Angeles Times, and San Diego Family Magazine. He is also an Examiner columnist.