Yurek Edge of Extinction
A Ben Tavers Adventure
Teen sasquatch Yurek is suffering from a serious affliction killing many of his peers and he boldly leaves his high-mountain home, seeking human help to find a cure. Ben Tavers’ old mysterious hunch-backed friend Booling has been enlisted to find the runaway sasquatch and return him to his clan.
Professor Fenton, creator of numerous sasquatch hoaxes, is also involved in the Yurek “hunt.” Ben, Booling and Ben’s 16-year-old cousin Ally must find the teen sasquatch before the sinister professor and provide Yurek with the necessary medicine before it is too late. When Booling is captured, Ben and Ally join with Yurek and a strong bond of trust and friendship is formed as the trio of teens attempt to rescue Booling and thwart the professor’s plans. An even more traitorous scheme is gradually unveiled leading to a dramatic and surprising conclusion.
From the streets of Vancouver to the aqua-marine waters of alpine lakes, glistening glaciers, and rustic cabins in the remote wilderness, Ben is in unfamiliar territory. Yurek too, is bewildered, and learns, with a mix of wonder and humour, about human ‘culture’ including kayaks, clothing, rifles, and money. As Ben and Yurek grapple with the unfamiliar, a powerful bond of understanding and trust develops between the teens. Their tolerant nature enables them to see past the obvious differences and focus on the many similarities that unites them in a common purpose to thwart evil.
This 2013 novel was sold out and the original publisher has ceased operations. It is currently out of print, though there may be a second and third printing in the near future.
Steve Hepting is a man to be admired. From an impoverished background he achieves financial success as a turn-of-the-millennium stock broker, only to implode financially and romantically in the tech-stock bust of 2001-02.
Dragons at the Schoolhouse Door
Steve Hepting often wonders why he left the classroom for the principal’s office. At least his nemesis, Superintendent Jennifer Capelli, is more interested in a secret scheme to transform what she believes to be a moribund education system.
Education is so littered with lingo and jargon and so filled with non-sensical acronyms, it is a wonder anyone can cut through the obfuscation. The relentless drive for higher piles of edubabble is such a fascinating trend that it made for an appropriate title for this glossary containing 400 quick-read entries.
High School Edubabble
A humour-filled satirical work such as this must include the impact of technology on teachers and students. Unlike previous generations, today’s teachers face tech-addled youths who are drowning in a churning sea of information, much of it of dubious quality.
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