Along with two loyal friends, Ty and Sita embark on a daring vision quest, searching a deadly prehistoric forest for a tribe to save their cave-dwelling clan. But when the blood of a beast and Sita’s shamanic potions combine to scramble their psyches, the dark-skinned seekers find themselves thrust from their familiar cave-land world into the technology-driven modern-day city of Los Angeles. The book is getting great reviews…
“A witty yet moving tale of teenage love, the power of friendship, and how bravery and a willing heart can save an entire people. The Sun Jumpers clearly showcases author Ken Luber’s genuine flair for creating a consistently compelling, original, and memorable story populated by deftly crafted characters and replete with unexpected twists and turns.” — Midwest Book Review
“Luber has constructed a lighthearted romp that’s permeated by humor regarding adolescent antics, 20-something angst, and a wealth of inevitable culture-clash misunderstandings. But it also deals with some serious issues, including modern-day bigotry (the Kishoki are a dark-skinned people), the sometimes-troubled relationships between parents and offspring, and the need to find and follow one’s own truth. A charming flight of fancy that provides a pleasant, thoughtful diversion.” – Kirkus Reviews
“I loved the story behind this book and can imagine this playing out well in a movie. It is a fun, very positive/happy read following the adventures of a group of teenagers who end up 10,000 years in the future. Most of the book follows their adventures in trying to get to grips with the modern world and is a story of deep friendship, love and acceptance in a sometimes-difficult world. The book has a slight philosophical edge that makes you stop and think, but definitely doesn’t get bogged down in details as could easily happen with a story of this kind; Luber is skilled at making you stop and think without things becoming too deep or ruining the light-hearted, playful theme.” – Donna Clapham, UK Book Reviewer. Donna Clapham also did a great interview with Ken about The Sun Jumpers — it’s here… https://ukebookreviewer.wordpress.com/…/21/q-a-with-ken-lu…/
“Fun, light-hearted, escapist fiction is what I was in the mood for, and this novel fills the bill. The four “Paleo” teens are wacky, funny, but always true to each other despite any misgivings they might have about a team member. When transplanted into 21st Century Los Angeles, they are quick to adapt to the language (thanks to a magical golden sea shell), and quick to adapt to TV, fast food, shopping malls, household appliances, and of course, roller coaster and theme park rides. They are uncannily wise, because in their world, the life span is much shorter– their age 14 is smarter than the present day 30 and up…
Lots of quotable quotes and memorable scenes. I enjoyed seeing skin-heads put in their place while the dark-skinned teens show their mettle. The domineering father, the son who wants to do more than inherit his dad’s carpet business, and a selfish diva of a girlfriend may come across as cliches, but they keep tension and conflict going, and readers turning pages.
I enjoy the lovely prose and the eloquent insights of Sita in particular. Even Ty has his occasional moving speeches with quotable quotes.
Nobody is killed off (you’d be surprised how many YA novels do this, nowadays, to my horror and refusal to read more of that sort of thing); the kids make it back home, in the end (you knew they would!); and the lives they touched in modern L.A. are better because of them. In all, it’s a story 21st Century YA readers are sure to enjoy.” — Carol Kean (the review appears on Goodreads.com)
“Ken Luber’s The Sun Jumpers is a light young-adult fantasy novel in which four teens from a prehistoric era find themselves accidentally time traveling, landing in the middle of a commercial shoot in contemporary California… Darren, a director, mistakes the trespassers for runaways and takes them back to his apartment until their parents can be located. The Sun Jumpers is wholly driven by its strangers-in-a-strange-time situation… Interesting plot directions are hinted at early on, such as Darren’s impulse to use the four in his commercial and Sita’s worry over how they will ever return home… It is ultimately the teens’ host, Darren, who undergoes the most crisis and change. At twenty-four, Darren is shown to be an adult-in-waiting, a sensitive young man who dreams of being a film director but who is financially and emotionally dependent on his hard-to-please father. Ultimately, the purpose of the teens’ adventure is to help Darren break free. The novel uses the frothy fun of time travel to ponder whether supposedly advanced civilizations are as advanced as presented. A list of questions…is included at the end of the story. The Sun Jumpers offers food for thought about how different cultures and experiences shape human experience and perception.” – Susan Waggoner, Foreword Clarion Reviews
Ken Luber, writer and teacher, lives with his artist wife, Kathleen, in the mountain village of Idyllwild in Southern California. He has a BA from Ripon College and graduate work at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he is a graduate Fellow of the American Film Institute. Ken has traveled the world and written and directed television, film, and theater. He is also the author of Everybody’s Shadow, a book of poetry. Ken loves hearing from fans — so if you enjoyed reading The Sun Jumpers, please leave a review at Amazon.com, Goodreads.com, and/or Facebook (The Sun Jumpers page). Thank you!
Darren stood at the kitchen counter, beating out “When the Saints Go Marching In” with a plastic spatula in his right hand. “Oh when the saints… Oh when those saints…” He bopped across the kitchen, craning his neck back and waving the spatula, as if the refrigerator and stove had joined the march one step behind him. Louis Armstrong growled through the CD player. He waited for the last drip through the filter and poured himself a cup of coffee. “Late night, Louie!” he shouted and ambled back through the dining room. He stopped in the living room, took a deep breath, and paused for a moment at the view outside the big picture window that faced the front yard. The sun had already left the LA sky. Low clouds still glowed with a rubygold tint. Seconds later, the clouds banged together in a timpani of thunder. “Come on in, saints. I need a miracle!” he pleaded as his gaze brushed the swaying palms.
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