Tim Davis got into trouble at age 12 for reading Treasure Island under his blankets by flashlight when he was supposed to be sleeping. When he grew up, he pursued his love of children’s literature by earning a PhD in English and teaching Children’s Literature at university. He left academia in order to move to the San Francisco Bay Area and teach elementary school under an emergency program that let college graduates teach if they worked in the inner city. Tim Davis still lives in the Bay Area with his family, and recently began writing a series of children’s books that he hopes will get some other kids in trouble for reading under the blankets with a flashlight.
Richly and Realistically Textured.
I found Justin quite likable, and became absorbed both with his transition from city to rural teen and with his maturing process. Swearingen’s writing is down to earth, but richly textured. His secondary characters at Niataka High School are well developed, and Justin’s growing relationships with them, to me, form the key to the novel. These relationships are subtly evolved—and we are led to continue watching them grow in his next four books. Fine job.