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Convergence by Trudie L. Hayes

(Excerpt from Goodreads) It was the first day of school and anxieties were running high. For certain there was the excitement of moving up a grade, but there was also the dread of anything and everything that could go wrong. Not only were the possibilities endless, they were totally out of your control. Whether or not you were accepted rested squarely on the shoulders of the popular kids. Suppose you were too short or too tall; too smart or not smart enough; too rich or too poor; or just plain different? These thoughts were fresh on the minds of Otis, Chandler and Marissa. Three pre-teens whose paths had never crossed, although they lived in the same town in Connecticut. Their backgrounds were so diverse they may as well have lived worlds apart. That was all about to change when on their way to school a series of bizarre events lump them together. Literally! Join them on this unreal journey to alternate realities never before re­vealed. Go back in time to a parallel past, the All Agos. Coexist in a present experience that mirrors your own, the Ne’er Now. Finally and with greater understanding, manifest in a future of your creation, the Will Be Once. Then you will have come closer to achieving …as it should.

About Trudie L. Hayes

Trudie L. Hayes’ personal story and family life influenced her mission to spread the core values of self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-love to children and persons of all ages. An affiliation with physically and mentally disabled adults and children spanning many years is a major contributing factor. The caregiver role has been paramount throughout much of her life, even while furthering her education or working full-time in a corporate setting.

These experiences have given her a deep understanding of the trials and struggles associated with a compromised existence. As well as the inspiration and joy derived from living life to one’s personal best.

It is through these myriad life experiences that Hayes began writing and registering several related trademarks. With a grander vision of promoting confidence and self-worth.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Hayes still calls the Nutmeg State home. The oldest of two children, she remains close to her siblings. When Hayes is not writing or managing her business, she dedicates her time to other creative outlets and artistic pursuits. Hayes has a deep appreciation and passion for music in its many forms; she enjoys writing song lyrics, performing, and has an affinity for Jazz.

Connect with the author:    Website  ~  Twitter


My Review

4 Stars

This story starts out with three pre-teens starting their first day of school. There is the typical drama that includes being accepted or mocked by the popular kids and how there are too one thing or another to be mocked. Otis, Chandler, and Marissa together and go adventures in alternative realities to our own. But Otis, Chandler, and Marissa are not normal kids and they are going to have to learn fast about how to get through the different realities to get home.

This is an interesting story. You feel for the kids because they are going through the normal things starting school involves but then they are thrown into these different realities. The kids seem to just get one realm figured out and then get dumping into another on that doesn’t seem to make any sense. Although this is confusing at first, I slowly got the hang of it. I liked watching the kids grow and seeing all the messages that are there to help the kids grow.

Although this is a longer mid-grade book, I think that the many different realities will keep young readers involved. I liked how the book progresses and I think that kids and adults alike will enjoy this book.

To purchase Convergence, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, and Trudie Hayes’ website.

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I received this book for free from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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