The Inbetweens - The Crossing
"The Inbetweens" is an action packed adventure that follows three young protaganists during their one day cross-country "coming of age" journey. This "modern day fable" is full of life lessons that parents will love, while the non-stop excitement will keep kids on the edge of their seat!
Aimed at an audience of 7-12 year olds, "The Inbetweens" is a "must read!" More
What stage in one’s life is more difficult than the transition from adolescence to adulthood? Insecurities, temptations and doubts have challenged children throughout the ages, and each of the three children in the story of “The Inbetweens” is repeatedly confronted with their own.
In a simpler time when water came from a well, the people of the four villages that made up the Middle Lands lived in societies run by councils. The decisions that were made in the present were based on the stories of the past, and each village’s history was carefully recorded. In order to choose future leaders and decide what place their children would hold within the villages, the elders of many ages ago determined that there must be a test to judge the character and potential of each child as they "came of age". The three children in the story of “The Inbetweens” must embark on a perilous one day, cross-country journey that every child in the four villages of The Middle Lands is expected to take once they are deemed ready - the journey of The Crossing.
Twelve year old Brynn is eager to start The Crossing, hoping that the path will take her far away from a life full of too many responsibilities. Ryu, who is half a year older, hopes The Crossing will be as exciting for him as it had been for his older brother. But does his search for adventure lead to a place of no return? At only eleven, Paulo is the youngest and smallest of the three, and thinks he is not ready for The Crossing. Will the trials he and his friends face prove him right, or will the one who is the most unsure of himself save them all in the end?
Brynn, Paulo and Ryu have all heard stories of The Crossing from their families and others in their village, stories of its treacherous terrain and the many obstacles encountered by those that had walked its path before them. Their own parents warned that many children have not returned home, lost somewhere during the arduous journey, never to be found. But it will be those who are deliberately not told spoken of who will put the three children in the greatest danger. This is the secret of The Crossing that is kept by all who have walked its path.
Each child finds that the one truth of the journey is that no amount of teachings could fully prepare them for all that they will endure. The children will have to rely on their inner strength and the strength of their friendship if they wish to navigate the path of The Crossing without being lost.
The Riddles found etched into stone along the way will challenge the children’s perceptions of trust, the truth, and especially themselves. The Somethings and The Nothings will try to trick, mislead, help, guide and sometimes even entertain them during their travels. Ultimately, together Ryu, Brynn and Paulo must decide how to find their way home, and in the end, together they must choose which one of them will not return home at all.