An Alien Adventure, The Magic Sled is a story written for kids age 9 to 13 with active and curious minds. It is the story of two girls, age 8 and 11, who accidentally find a strange and wondrous craft, a sled, that performs what seems to be magic and has a mind of its own!
The girls, Nicole and Brittany, live with their mother in a house not far from a town but at the edge of a deep forest that contains some mysterious clearings where trees won't grow. The exciting discovery of the alien craft occurs near one of these clearings. The girls finally bring their cousin, Travis, age 8 in on their big secret and his rambunctious manner nearly leads to a crisis. One thing leads to another as the story unfolds, with many surprises and unusual adventure.
Both families of the children are fully aware of this alien craft but none can solve the many mysteries that develop. After many months of secret adventures, the families are startled by actions taken by the magic sled all alone, and unknown to them, they have special visitors who have come to investigate the sled activities...
This is a story of unusual challenges, baffling questions, eerie actions, triumphs, and excitement. The book is high quality and contains eight full color paintings.
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The author of An Alien Adventure - The Magic Sled is a geologist and petroleum explorationist, and author of several scientific/technical papers. This is his first children's book. It is based on an ongoing story he contrived for his grandchildren in years past and based on their deep interest, it seemed a good choice for a book. He is currently working on a book about the demise of dinosaurs and the world they lived in.
He went to Europe during World War II as an infantry rifleman replacement, came back as an intelligence NCO, graduated from college with academic and military honors, received a U.S. Army Reserve commission, then went to work as an exploration geologist with a major oil company. He spent several years doing surface geology in the western U.S.A., followed by twenty years as an exploration geologist at progressively higher levels, after which he joined a research group and specialized in geochemistry and finding cost studies for several years. Following research, he went into special studies, then corporate management, and much later resigned from the large company to form an independent petroleum exploration and production company.
The independent operation was sufficiently successful that after a decade he became financially independent, scaled back business operations and emphasized personal investments, hobbies, endowments, creative endeavors and additional education.
During his business career, the author played a prime role in several new oil and gas discoveries by researching geologic, seismic, financial and engineering data to develop drilling projects that required many reports, papers, maps and risk venture analyses. He employed engineers, attorneys, geologists and geophysicists as well various contractors in such efforts.
The author is an amateur photographer who studies history, archeology, anthropology, and medicine, plays piano and guitar, and painted several landscapes and portraits. Since 1992, he has been semi-retired, and now pursues creative writing part time as a long sought objective.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
But the following day, a Thursday, the girls were completely free to play as they wanted. Later in the morning, an hour or so after their mother left for work, they decided to go out and play with Sled for a while. Sometimes they got in Sled and imagined they were on a mountain top and going to slide down the mountain. They thought that the handle would steer the runners and maybe there was something that made it go, like a snowmobile.
The girls went out to the garage. Nicole walked over to Sled and pushed the orange button, or as Brittany called it, the arrowhead. The canopy opened and they got in Sled, Brittany in the front and Nicole in the back.
Nicole put on her seat belt and said, "Ready to go?"
"Aye aye sir," answered Brittany, "Preparing runners, sir," she continued as she pushed the orange button to close the canopy, and began to punch the set of buttons on the panel and handle in front of her.
Suddenly all the buttons lit up, and a slight humming sound began.
Hearing the humming sound, Nicole jerked forward to look over Brit's shoulder as she screamed, "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?"
"NOTHING, NOTH...NOTHING AT ALL!" shouted Brittany in return. "I DID THE SAME THING I'VE DONE ALL THE TIME!"
"WELL, SIT STILL, DON'T MOVE!" Nicole shouted back.
They both sat perfectly still for a few moments. The buttons stayed lighted. The humming continued.
Nicole began to calm down, and spoke in a more normal but still excited voice, "Brittany, you have somehow started something. Don't do anything at all. Don't move or even breath heavy until we think of what to do."
Brittany was frightened. "Maybe we should scream for help!"
"Who would hear us?" asked Nicole. "We're in our garage, Mom's gone to work, and the neighbors who are at home couldn't hear us!"
"All right, all right!" cried Brittany, who was actually beginning to cry, "what do we do, Nicole, what do we do?"
Nicole was also frightened and near tears, but being older and more steady and calmer by nature than Brittany, she thought they could figure out what to do. She had pulled herself forward by grasping the back of Brit's seat back and could see the lighted buttons. She noticed the green button on the handle was not lighted.
"Brit, notice the green button on the handle is not lighted?"
"And notice that nothing is happening, even though all the other buttons are lighted?"
"Well, I think that the buttons being lighted just tell you that sled is ready to do something if we ask it to! I think nothing will happen unless we do something to make it happen. So, let's test this idea a little."
"How?" asked a puzzled Brittany.
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