Authors Gavin Bent and Maira Finn read passages from their book “The Clashroom” at a recent reading gathering at Los Alamos Middle School. Photo by Mayor O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com
Students at Los Alamos Middle School show their admiration for authors Maira Finn and Gavin Bent at a recent reading gathering. Photo by Mayor O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com
Los Alamos Middle School Principal Suzanne Lynne introduces the two authors. Photo by Mayor O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com
The scene from the LAMS reading assembly where authors Mayor Finn and Gavin Bent read an excerpt from their book “The Clashroom”. Photo by Mayor O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com
BY MAYOR O’NEILL
âThere’s a rumor at Thomas’ school about the playroom, a classroom that sucks kids into other worlds. Thomas doesn’t believe the rumor, until he and his friends are sucked into another universe! In this strange place, they find not only talking horses, vines that grow like trees and strange animals, but an empire of monsters that wants to enslave the entire multiverse! Can Thomas and his friends stop them before everything everyone else has ever known is in the hands of the monster? “- Amazon summary
What an exciting adventure for two students from Los Alamos middle school, Maira Finn and Gavin Bent, who spent two years writing a book called “The Clashroom” and then having it published.
Maira Finn has enjoyed reading and writing since she was little. Her biography on Amazon says that she also plays clarinet and piano. Her favorite book genres are fantasy and science fiction and she plans to write more books in these genres in the future.
Gavin Bent loves space and astronomy, and of course writing, says his biography. He cross-country, loves mountaineering, especially the 14,000-foot Colorado.
Los Alamos College recently held an assembly in honor of the two students where the two authors each read passages from the book. Other students were able to ask questions as the entire student body paid full attention and recognized Finn and Bent with grateful applause.
The unusual title of the book came to the authors quickly, mostly from the concept. The students asked if the teacher in any of the passages read to them turned out to be bad, but Bent assured them that she only appeared in the first two chapters as a minor character.
Asked what inspired and motivated them to continue with the project for the two years, the two authors noted that the idea of ââpublishing their own book encouraged them to continue.
The students were also interested in the design of the cover. Bent noted that they hired someone to do it for them, gave them some concepts, and let them develop them. The final design was the sixth revision.
Amazon recommends “The Clashroom” for ages 10 and up, but Bent and Finn encourage anyone who wants to read it to read it.
The book is available at https://www.amazon.com/s?k=The+Clashroom&ref=nb_sb_noss_2 and costs $ 12.99. The e-book version is $ 3.00.