Selden, Michael The Boy Who Ran

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The Boy Who Ran

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2014 IPPY Gold Medal for Juvenile Fiction --Independent Publisher Book Awards
He was the sole survivor when his village was massacred. The boy spends his days alone in the woods, feeling more of a kinship with animals than with the people who took him in but never really accepted him. THE BOY WHO RAN is a middle grade novel about a Native American orphan trying to find a place in the world. The story is set six thousand years ago in the mid-archaic period of North American history. This book is intended for people age 10 and older.

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I was inspired to tell this story based on its original theme of seeking perfection. The concept evolved as I wrote the characters and the story unfolded. The boy--he has no other name--feels alone and isolated in the village. No one speaks with him and most people believe that there is something wrong with him. 
 
Up until the late summer when the story happens, he's found satisfaction in dedicating himself to being the perfect runner, especially in the woods. It may be that he is following his mother's last command as she tried to save him from the massacre, but whatever its origin his idea of perfection is to move through the forest as fast as he can, and without a sound. I expanded on this in the original prologue--which I chose to replace, but which I still think provides a good insight into his character. The original prologue and another unpublished chapter are both available on my web site at michaelselden.com. 
 
The character Red Sky was another person in the village with the need to work toward perfection in his chosen skill. He was initially inspired by the character of Kyūzō, one of the seven samurai in Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film, although Red Sky's character was tempered by recent events in his own life. 
 
Ultimately, most good stories are about growth and change, and the initial makeup of people in a story a starting point. The interesting stories in our own lives are those that bring change.

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Michael Selden worked as a physicist and program manager on numerous scientific and engineering efforts. Mike always maintained a keen interest in literature, and in July 2013 he moved from Maryland to Colorado--where he went to high school--to write and publish books.  Michael's web site: michaelselden.com

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