Review & Character Interview: Riding on a Beam of Light

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Hott Synopsis:

Albert spends his nights and his days dreaming. Dreaming of more. Wondering ‘What if.”

One evening his mother insists that he turn off the light and stop dreaming & Albert notices something he’s never noticed before… light travels. Oh what fun it would be to ride on that beam of light!

Hott Review:

What I liked: This book is great! It’s the perfect adventure for any child who likes to think about more that what’s just in front of them.
What I didn’t like: I personally found the published synopsis to be quite confusing. Read mine instead 😉 it’s much more fun!

Character Interview:

Albert, we’ve seen how much you like to dream morning, noon, and night but do you also like other things that may give your mom a fright?

Here’s a thing that made mom freak, until I was four, I didn’t even speak. She worried I might not amount to much, but I was just being a good listener. My parents were concerned I wasn’t going to do well in school. It was a slow start but eventually I found some things that piqued my curiosity and I did very well.

You rode a beam of light until you were out of sight. Was it fast, was it slow, or did you just go, go, go?

I didn’t realize it at the time but it was fast, very fast. I found out I was going 186,000 miles per second to be exact. It’s an ideal way to get to school in less time than it takes to blink!

When you’re lying in your bed with your covers up over your head where is the first destination for your mind vacation?

I’m always amazed by what’s right in front of me, there are an infinite number of places you can go in your imagination. I can look up at a star in the sky and wonder what it’s like to travel beyond, or imagine myself as a sub-atomic particle, looking out on our ordinary world with the same curiosity.


Author: Ramsey Dean, Noah Hamdan (Ill.)
Source: JKSCommunications – Literary Publicity
Grade: A
Ages: 2-8

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Author Bio:

Ramsey Dean is one of the more recognizable names in the music business, where his career has been a lifelong study of teen culture and cool kids. After graduating college and unable to get a job in the literary field, the Alphabet City denizen pursued his other passion, scoring a job at a record label and over the years inadvertently specializing in the music of the moment, working with Metallica, Megadeth, Guns n’ Roses, Anthrax, Slayer, Poison, White Zombie, Pantera, Sick of it All, Ignite, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, KMFDM, Marilyn Manson, Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon, Ja Rule, Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights, Atreyu, Bayside, Thursday and hundreds and hundreds of other bands along the way.

Rising through the label ranks, his passion for writing only increased, cranking out novels, screenplays, short stories, and sketch comedy, where he graduated to see his work performed on the famed Second City stage in Chicago. As his writing style garnered a following with the music audience, along with many of the artists he worked with and their fans, he finally had the opportunity to release his debut novel.

In The CoolKids: An Emotional Hardcore Odyssey (Or The Pros and Cons of Maintaining Veganity in an Increasingly Carnivorous World) Ramsey takes his rich past and creates a reality based on the timeless commonalities that each generation of would-be revolutionaries possess as well as the special quirks that make each subsequent generation thoroughly original and at the same time hopelessly cliché. If you understand the title of this novel, you’ll certainly enjoy what’s inside.

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