Eleven-year-old Gem has traveled from his home planet of Topha to meet with ten extraordinary children, all sixteen and under. These children have been given the RJ Conte label of “Preciously Precocious” and are heroes of their own stories.
Gem, future possible savior of his fragile planet, wanted to meet other inspiring young people: children who stop dragon trafficking, who protect their families when their mothers go through deep clinical depression, children that speak up to bullies and solve mysteries. Children that have the gift of healing and travel to distant planets like pilgrims. Children that defend fragile otherwordly life. Children that go underneath the ground to other worlds and compete in martial arts, children that fight slavery and mental illness.
We’re going to meet, interview, and talk to these ten Preciously Precocious in a three-part blog series. And make sure you check out each of their amazing stories – all of which are on Amazon!
- Amanda Greene, 10 years old, from The Gold by Krista Wagner
Gem: Who was your first crush?
Amanda: Elliott, the boy from E.T.!
Gem: I haven’t seen that one. I’m sure you’d think me an alien too. 😉 So what’s your favorite book of the Bible?
Gem: And now for the ultimate question. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Amanda: Walked into a mysterious forest!
Gem: Now that sounds promising!
Ten-year-old Amanda is constantly teased and tormented in school. Her home life is less than satisfactory where her widower father, who is often away on business trips, leaves her in the care of her indifferent teenage sister. Worse, not a day goes by when Amanda doesn’t miss her mom. To escape reality, Amanda creates fantasy stories, but when she discovers a talking golden pebble, her imagined world turns into a new-fangled reality.
Gem: Tell us your most embarrassing story!
Rejoice: I forgot to watch the weather when I was harvesting seaweed. A storm blew me so far away from the colony that I got lost. I had to be rescued!
Gem: I’m glad you’re okay! So what do you think is the worst thing about growing up?
Rejoice: The colony is forcing me to be a farmer. There’s nothing wrong with farming, but I don’t want to farm. I want to be an astronomer, but my parents tell me I’m being selfish.
Gem: If anyone understands what it’s like having their whole life dictated to them and being groomed for a specific task, it’s me. If I survive the core earthquake to come, I want to escape all this training, and go do what I want to do! So now for the ultimate question: what’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Rejoice: I’m not brave, but I can tell you what the hardest thing I’ve done is: telling the aliens they were all going to die is hard.
Gem: Yeah. My people understand that too, Rejoice! You are brave, in my book.
Twelve-year-old Rejoice cannot stop thinking about space. Her religious colony fled the violence of Earth to a new world to establish an agrarian utopia. The elders have determined that she will become a farmer, no matter what she wants. When she discovers aliens in the ocean and then the doom that is aimed at her planet, Rejoice needs to help her people find a way to survive.
3. Cora Harrison, 12 years old, from Cora and the Nurse Dragon by H. L. Burke
Gem: The most important question yet: do you like broccoli?
Cora: I’ve never had it. My dad doesn’t really cook. I mean, he’ll make pancakes or something for special occasions, but mostly we get whatever they make in the kitchen of the big house and that’s usually something that can get carried in a pot or a basket. It’s kind of a fancy word, though. Would make a cool name for a dragon.
Gem: Lucky! I’d rather never eat the stuff again. 😉 Okay, for more of an abstract question then: what color of the rainbow best represents who you are?
Cora: This is a weird question. It sounds like one of those poetry questions my best friend Abry is always getting good grades on in school while I get Cs because they really don’t make sense to me. People aren’t colors. I kind of like yellow, mainly because the best racing dragon I ever saw, Gold Digger’s Folly, is a yellowy-gold and that looks really cool, though. I’m not yellow, though. I’m kind of brown-ish, I guess, but Abry tells me that sort of answer is why I always get Cs.
Gem: Haha. I need to meet this Abry. And I’d like to see a real dragon too! For the final ultimate question I’m asking everyone today: what is the bravest thing you’ve ever done? (I’m trying to psych myself up to be brave for a super big task myself…)
Cora: It really depends. If you asked Abry, a LOT of things I do are brave, but that’s only because she worries about silly things like falling out of trees and getting diseases from stepping on nails. I’ve stepped on at least two nails, and I’m still alive. Not sure what she’s going on about. Abry’s a lot braver than me where it involves people though, talking to strangers or teachers, so I guess there’s more than one way to be brave. I guess it would have to be the second time I hatched a Mayfly dragon. The first time I didn’t know what to expect, that they only lived a few weeks, so when it died I was so sad, I thought I’d never get another dragon. When I decided to get another dragon, even though I knew it would die again, I guess that was kind of brave.
Gem: You betcha. Death brings out people’s true bravery every time – even if it’s the death of a pet. I’m interviewing another guy later whose very special otherworldly pet might die on him too. Thanks, Cora!
Cora’s a young girl with two dreams: to be a dragon jockey when she grows up and to own a pet dragon now. She constantly buys “egg packs” at the dragon emporium in hopes that one will hatch into a rare pet-sized dragon, but only gets short-lived mayflies. However, when an unexpected egg does develop into something new, Cora may be over her head.