Gorgon (WhipEye Chronicles #2) by Geoffrey C. Saign ~ #International #Giveaway Review and Interview



Paperback1st305 pages
Published September 1st 2015 
by KiraKu Press 
Source: ARC Paperback
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars




Goodreads Description:

WhipEye—Book 1—2015 WINNER INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 
WhipEye--Book 1-2015 WINNER OUTSTANDING CHILDREN'S FICTION IAN Book of the Year Award 
Samantha and Jake have two days to save their poisoned parents, and only Gorgon—the cruel and scheming leader of Amazon Lessers—can help them. But Gorgon is planning to destroy KiraKu, and he pits Sam against Jake. Worse, Sam feels controlled by the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and Jake gains a dangerous weapon. Can their friendship survive its greatest test? Can Sam and Jake stop a war and save their parents? Mysterious creatures, dragons, and Gorgon force them into a life or death adventure that some will not survive… 
…a story about love, nature, wildlife, intuition, and trusting yourself…


Review:

Thank you Geoffrey C. Saign for sending me a copy of Gorgon for review. This in no way affected my opinion in my review.

I admire this Author so much for taking something he is passionate about and bring it to readers in such a unique way. I also appreciate the fact he gives younger children a world to escape to but yet still learn and find appreciation in the world they live in.

My sons school fell in love with Whipeye after I introduced it and all the teachers enjoyed it immensely, They are so excited for me to share Gorgon. This is the perfect clean none stop adventure that parents want their kids reading. I wish there were more books like this in this age group but then this is what makes Saign's writing original and special.

I am giving Gorgon 4 out of 5 stars. I loved that this book had a fast pace and was perfect for Middle Graders. I love animals and love the incorporation of nature and animals in this series. Charlie has to be my favorite character. I love the voice Saign gave Charlie. He infused so much humor in the dialog. All the ante is upped in this second book in the series it will leave you wanting to know where Jake and Samantha while find themselves in Drasine book 3. I am highly recommending this book!



Q&A with Author 

1. What inspired you to write Middle Grade novels?

It’s fun! I also love characters learning and wanting to grow, and yet being able to write about complicated themes and plots. It’s the best of both worlds, seeing your characters grow up, while each book gets to evolve in complexity of world building and character evolution. As an educator who values nature, love, wildlife, intuition, and trusting yourself, I also wanted young readers to experience those underlying themes in a fast-paced action thriller—so they’re not preachy, but part of the story. I think we learn best when things come sideways at us, without our being aware of them.



2. I love the fact you incorporate your knowledge of animals into your writing. Is knowledge and fantasy intertwined something that you felt has been needed in children's fiction?

Since age 15, I have loved animals of all types and wanted to save the planet and all of its beautiful wildlife. Thus, those elements are in all my writing, non-fiction and fiction. I also grew up reading fantasy, and love being able to mix the two elements so thoroughly in the WhipEye Chronicles series. The main character’s love of wildlife is drawn from my own love of nature, and this feels especially important now with species and habitat loss escalating. People of all ages have a lot of screen time, and it’s an issue everyone has to find balance with if we are going to save the beautiful nature of this planet. I was walking with a friend the other day in a local old growth forest I love, and remarked, “This is the most beautiful fantasy I could ever imagine.”



3. How many books will there be in the series?

Four are planned, but that may extend to five or more. Currently I am gaining help and interest in making WhipEye into a feature film. I adapted the book to a screenplay this summer, and have also entered it in several contests. Since WhipEye won the 2015 International Book Award and the 2015 Outstanding Children’s Fiction IAN award, a few doors have opened. I think there will be interest in looking at a great fantasy thriller with environmental and personal themes.



4. Who inspires you?

Everyone who cares about the planet, whether it’s a famous person such as Jane Goodall or E.O. Wilson working toward that end, or someone in the neighborhood who recycles and composts diligently and buys non-GMO foods. We need everyone to be heroic now, in even small ways. With over 7 billion people every action is magnified hugely. The question of ‘What can one person do?’ must now be ‘See what 7 billion of us can do!’



5. What is the one place you would love to travel to that you have yet to visit?

The Galapagos Islands would be very cool, and so would the Andiamo Reef in Indonesia. I love water, so those types of places are always high on my list. But after much traveling, I have to tell you, beauty is everywhere. I live I Minnesota, and some of the most beautiful beaches and parks in the world are here. I find I don’t need to go anywhere to find beauty. It’s all around me. I think if people look around, they’ll see it where they live too.




Watch the trailer for Whipeye book 1



About the Author

Geoffrey Saign can often be found looking for interesting critters, and magic, while swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or hiking in the woods. His passion for nature and wildlife led to his nationally endorsed book, Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment, as well as his books African Cats and Great Apes. He has a background in biology, assisted in field research with hummingbirds and humpback whales, and sailed as far away as Australia. With more than twenty years of experience working in special education, he has taught adults and children everything from sailing to novel writing. He won the Shabo Award in 2010. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.



Giveaway 1 International winner will get an e-copy of Gorgon. 1 US Only winner will get a PB copy of Gorgon. Also do not forget to enter the Gorgon Goodreads Giveaway for a PB copy (link below)

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Comments

  1. My 11 year old daughter, McKenzi, read Whipeye last year from winning it from Seeing Double in Neverland and she LOVED it and immediately wanted book 2. Crossing fingers for this one to win for her. She told me I had to read it cause it's so good! :)

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    1. Awesome. Thanks Amy and Fingers crossed for you

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  2. Ummm, Gorgon is free right now on Amazon. So I got it already.

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    1. ok I am going to talk to the Author then and update it and do international e-copy and PB for the US

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