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In the turmoil after his father's death, 12-year-old Kevin Tobin transformed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally.

 

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The best place to start learning about Kevin's Point of View is by watching this interview I did with Liddy, a delightful 14-year-old book reviewer based in Portugal. Here’s the link to this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Z5pIJtysJJY
 

About Kevin’s Point of View

Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary twelve-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death. To escape his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and powerful ally. After a mysterious package arrives at his door, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain determined to retrieve the package, unknowingly spinning Kevin into a battle for control over time itself. Set in Boulder, Colorado, this imaginative story, appreciation for the powers of family ties, the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it, and the fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style make this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages, especially those 8 years old and up.

About the Author and the Story Behind the Book

It’s more than a little embarrassing to admit that I started writing Kevin’s Point of View over 20 years ago. I’d planned to finish it much sooner of course, but life has a way of reminding you that you’re not always in control. I was actually making great progress on the story until our 2nd child, and our only daughter, was born. A year after she joined her brother in our family my wife’s arms started to tingle and not long after her symptoms started we learned she had multiple sclerosis. I love my wife (we’ve been married now for nearly 24 years) and so we faced this challenge together and made some hard choices. I focused my attention on providing for my family and set aside the manuscript. Some evenings, after everyone had gone to bed and the house was quiet, I picked it back and up and added bits and pieces, but mostly it just sat there.

Many years later, with our son in college, our daughter nearly graduated from high school, my wife doing a great job managing her MS, and my career as a civil engineer solidly established, I discovered I had a little more time to finish the story, which I did. Now the story has become a book – with a cover illustration taken from a thank you note mailed to me by a 6th grader – and is out in the world. So far the early reviews and feedback have been stellar.

What I'd Like to Do

I published the first edition of Kevin's Point of View for about $500 and the glowing reviews have given me the confidence to publish a second edition. This second edition will have many new things, including:

  • Professional cover, artwork and book design
  • A new acknowledgment section recognizing contributors
  • A new reviews section
  • Increased promotion online, to schools, to libraries, and to brick and mortar bookstores

I'm also currently writing the sequel (I've finished three chapters) and I envision at least two or three more books in the series.

Kevin's Point of View is a fun adventure story that keeps readers, especially reluctant readers, turning pages. It's also a story of hope, the power of family, and using your skills and talents, whatever they may be, to overcome any obstacle. I hope you will work with me on this and future books featuring the indefatigable Kevin Tobin. 

Reviews and Response

Kevin's Point of View has been accepted for review by over 160 book blogs. To date 55 reviewers have given it an average rating of 4.13 out of 5 stars, most of which can be found at Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10020758-kevin-s-point-of-view . The book is beginning to enjoy sales success, with over 600 copies now in print (traditional print and ebook). The Boulder Valley School District in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado recently accepted it into the Language and Literacy program and is using it as an in-classroom reading tool for reluctant readers. The book is in independent bookstores in seven other states (Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Wisconsin). I've also learned it's beginning to be placed into school libraries as word about the book starts to spread. Here are some of my favorite reviews.

"This is definitely one of the better MG books I've read, it's thoroughly engaging, has plenty of high adrenaline action but yet contains a clever, well-constructed story with characters of great emotional depth. Boys will love it and as a twenty something year old woman, I have to say I love it too." Lyrical Brown, Lyrical Reviews, http://lyricalreviewsya.blogspot.com/2012/01/review-kevins-point-of-view-del-shannon.html

"Kevin's Point of View is a hilariously fun and adventurous ride into the wild imagination of a 12 year old boy. This book is one continuous adventure that'll keep you addicted to the very end. I could honestly see this being the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid blockbuster for young boys and would wholeheartedly recommend the older audience to see it as well." Kristan Heverin, Lost Amongst the Shelves, http://lostamongsttheshelves.blogspot.com/2012/01/kevins-point-of-view-by-del-shannon.html

"I absolutely loved this book. I never wanted to go to sleep because I could not leave Kevin and Tony hanging. I did not want to leave the world that was being painted in my head as I read it. Not only being suspenseful but often times funny Kevin's Point of View makes you want to keep reading and not stop for anything." Kathryn (6th grader) at Book Trends, http://www.booktrends.org/2011/04/book-review-kevins-point-of-view-by-del.html

"Shannon has somehow weaved together an adventurous and mysterious plot with a mosaic cast of characters that when brought together produces reader gold. How he could amp up the action with every turn of the page is beyond me. Reading this book is like being on a constant adrenaline high. And even through all the action and suspense, Shannon found a way to evoke emotions that even the most cold-hearted person could not deny." Jennifer Bielman, Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2012/01/review-kevins-point-of-view-by-del.html

"I was sucked in from page one. Kevin's Point of View is one of those books I just couldn't stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen next. There's a lot happening in the book, but Del Shannon weaves it all together wonderfully." Kelly Brocklehurst, The Bookscape Report, http://thebookscapereport.blogspot.com/2011/11/review-kevins-point-of-view.html

"This book is awesome! Kevin's Point of View is a really fun, witty, engaging read that left me both happy and thoughtful. It has plenty of thrills, action, and humor that will have readers of all ages captivated and never bored. This is definitely a book that is worth reading and sharing." Aeicha, Word Spelunking, http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/2011/10/review-author-interview-giveaway-kevins.html

"Imaginative, unique, and kooky, [Kevin’s Point of View] will bring you out of any doldrums you might happen to be in. This novel will not only tickle your funny bone, but it will totally immerse you in the crazy adventures of Kevin and Tony. You will run from villains right along with them, and when they trump their adversaries with their super-hero antics, you’ll cheer them on.” Maria Behar, A Night’s Dream of Books, http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/book-review-kevins-point-of-view-by-del.html

"I don't know exactly where to start with Kevin's Point of View. There were so many great things about it! I loved the story! It was cute and light but it still had depth and was completely engaging. From the first few pages you are sucked into Kevin's world and you get stuck there. I just wanted to keep reading because it was such an amazing story." Faye Roberts, Fay-Bay's Books, http://faybaysbooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/kevins-point-of-view-by-del-shannon.html

"When I first started the book, it reminded me of Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson with the character’s wild imagination. I truly enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, I was sucked in to the story as Kevin and Tony outwit Devin and his goon buddies. Overall a great read, if you’re looking for a fun-whacky adventure and a light read order Kevin’s Point of View today!" Van, Short & Sweet Reviews, http://www.shortandsweetreviews.blogspot.com/2012/03/short-sweet-reviews-kevins-point-of.html

"I recommend this novel to everyone. Yes, everyone. It's such an easy story to fall into. The characters are enjoyable and you will love the journey that Kevin Tobin takes you on. There are lots of twists and turns that you won't suspect coming and surprises around every corner. Overall, Kevin's Point of View is a book that everyone should try out. With enjoyable characters and an extreme plot, this book will make you wish you had such an exciting life!" Samantha, Falling Books, http://bookcrazedreviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-review-of-kevins-point-of-view.html

"I accepted this book for review from the author because I thought it would be a very fun read, and I was not wrong about that! There is so much adventure that I think it would keep any young child interested. I think that Kevin's Point of View would be the perfect story for young boys especially, looking for a good read that is full of adventure." Kristina, Ladybug Storytime, http://ladybugstorytime.blogspot.com/2012/03/review-kevins-point-of-view-by-del.html

"This exciting adventure is an excellent choice for reluctant middle grade readers and adults. Shannon has done an excellent job of providing vivid imagery, expressive emotion and a point-of-view that will have you holding your breath and cheering for Kevin and Tony." Kristi Bernard, Kristi's Book Nook, http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/296835639

"A wonderful read great for those that like a little mystery, a dash of science, lots of imagination, and a good helping of laughter. The secrets revealed at books end tie together a great mass of information in ways you'll never see coming and it's that element of surprise that keeps this book fresh and exciting. Recommended read for older children through adults." Gina, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers, http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com/2012/03/perception-is-powerful-thing.html

"All in all, I think this book is amazing for its appropriate age range, and if you do have a kid and buy it, you might want to read it because you’ll probably enjoy the tale. You’ll probably appreciate more things about Kevin and his method to dealing with trauma if you do, but that’s not the core of the story – just a nice touch for us older readers, and a bit of a lesson for the younger ones. And, you know that reluctant kid who refuses to read? Well, I think, perhaps, Kevin’s Point of View might change that." Ron Nieto, Stories of my Life, http://www.roncnieto.com/2012/03/review-kevins-point-of-view-by-del.html#more

"Wow! pretty much sums up my thoughts on this book. While geared towards a younger reader, it definitely sucked me into the story line pretty much right away. All in all I give it 5 stars and 2 thumbs up." Leslie, Storeybook Reviews, http://storeybookreviews.com/2012/03/review-giveaway-kevins-point-of-view-by-del-shannon/

"A hugely enjoyable read. Mr. Shannon really has a talent for catching a young boy's attention." Austin Reale, Reading Teen http://www.readingteen.net/2011/04/book-review-kevins-point-of-view-by-del.html

"Fun! Funny! Delightful! Heartwarming! It is books like Kevin's Point of View that get me so excited. It is books like this one that truly are what reading is all about to me." Tracy, Tracy's Happy Bookshelf, http://tracyshappybookshelf.blogspot.com/2011/12/kevins-point-of-view-by-del-shannon.html

“I truly loved this novel! So far it’s my favorite book this year.” Heather Rosdol, Buried in Books http://wwwburiedinbooks.blogspot.com/2011/02/interview-with-del-shannon-author-of.html

"Simply put, Kevin's Point of View is a blast to read! It's written for children, but I adore this book!" Ali, Ali's Bookshelf, http://alisbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/review-kevins-point-of-view-by-del.html

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