Individual Author Record
Name: Cheryl Aylward WhiteselPen Name: None Genre: Born: in Rochester, New York Sites:
Illinois ConnectionWhitesel went to college at Northwestern University and currently resides in Western Springs.
Biographical and Professional InformationBorn in Rochester, New York, Cherly Aylward Whitesel has also lived in Illinois, Louisiana, and Michigan and spent twelve years in Asia. After her son was born, she left her law career and pursued her dream to write books for children.
- Rebel: A Tibetan Odyssey, HarperCollins, 2000
- Blue Fingers: A Ninja`s Tale, Clarion, 2004
Titles At Your Library
Rebel: A Tibetan Odyssey
ISBN: 0688167357 HarperCollins. 2000 In the closed society of turn-of-the-century Tibet, the outside world is a threatening place. But not to Thunder. Ever rebellious, he longs to become a trader and visit faraway places.
But when he has forbidden contact with a foreign explorer, Thunder is banished from his village. He is forced to join a monastery to lead a quiet life of study and meditation under the tutelage of his uncle, a high-ranking monk. At the monastery, though, life is anything but quiet. Thunder has to stand up to Zang-po, his uncle's resentful servant, and--even worse--defend himself against Pounder, the menacing soldier who endangers his life. Will he find peace at the monastery, or will he rebel against the life set out for him?
Readers will come to care about Thunder as they turn the pages of this fast-paced, engrossing story set in a truly captivating time and place.
Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL)
Blue Fingers: A Ninja's Tale
ISBN: 0618381392 Clarion Books. 2004
The power and prowess of ninja never seem to lose their appeal to young readers, especially boys. Blue Fingers, a suspenseful, action-packed coming-of-age story set in feudal Japan, offers an up-close look at this noble, fierce way of life.
Through an odd twist of fate, a stubborn twelve-year-old boy named Koji is kidnapped by a secret ninja clan and taken to its hidden camp high in the mountains. He wants desperately to return home, but that is forbidden. He must forget his old life and become a ninja-or die. In this carefully researched and well-crafted novel, Koji must learn to survive in the mysterious and dangerous world of the ninja and fulfill a destiny far different from any he could have imagined. Afterword.