Author Joe Tennis Releases His First Book for the Young Adult Reader!
Swamped! follows four teenagers from the suburbs into a saltwater swamp loaded with marsh grass, fiddler crabs – and at least one snake. These teens are forced to find their way home after breaking an oar on their rowboat. But they constantly get sidetracked in conversations that range from politics and religion to love, cigarettes, and the philosophies of Henry David Thoreau.
"This is a comedy, but it's also a coming-of-age adventure," said the author, who grew up on the saltwater rivers of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Told through the first-person account of a character known only as "Apple Jelly," this meandering mystery ultimately becomes a fiery debate between two types of teens, ones who dream to make a difference and those who never dare to be different.
"This is a young adult book, but it would appeal to readers who love teen drama and lots of dialogue," said Tennis, 49, a graduate of both Tidewater Community College and Radford University. "I actually wrote the original draft while in college, when I was a teenager, in the 1980s."
Swamped! is Tennis's first fiction release since 2011's Finding Franklin: Mystery of the Lost State Capitol. The author has also released eight non-fiction books, including Along Virginia's Route 58: True Tales from Beach to Bluegrass, Virginia Rail Trails: Crossing the Commonwealth, Southwest Virginia Crossroads, and Haunts of Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands.
Since 1990, the author from Bristol, Virginia, has contributed more than 5,000 articles to newspapers and magazines, including the Bristol Herald Courier, Blue Ridge Country, The Roanoke Times, Kingsport Times-News, The Virginian-Pilot, Carolina Mountain Life, and Coastal Virginia Magazine.
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