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Monday, September 5, 2011

The best book ever!

"My 12yo son has read this three times... My 10yo son was finally able to get it away from him to read it himself. He declared it the best book ever! :) Thank you!"

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Help kids understand 10th anniversary of 9/11

I want to make sure you are aware of a new book, When The Lights Go Out. This is an adventure / mystery for readers 8 - 13 with a terrorist plot.

In the story, the father of the main character is able to tell his kids why he joined the army instead of going into business. He says, "After what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe." This opens a short discussion with his two children in which he briefly recounts the events of that day.


I found, while speaking in schools, that many children today know little or nothing about 9/11 or why it's important to them. When The Lights Go Out will help teachers, librarians, grandparents, and parents with this issue.


There is a special web page for When The Lights Go Out with lots of information, a video, and a news release. You are welcome to lift any material that might help you in communicating with your circle of influence.

Thank you

Monday, August 22, 2011

Please meet Vincent Forras, First Responder, Survivor of 9/11


Please meet Vincent Forras, First Responder, Survivor of 9/11

Vincent - 2nd from the left




As the roll out has begun on my book, When the Lights Go Out, I’ve reached out to the 9/11 families and organizations connected with that terrible event. It is critically important that we teach the next generations about what happened on that day, and why it’s also important that we never forget.

Vinny is co-founder of an organization called the Gear Up Foundation. You can learn more about it at http://www.gearupfoundation.org/  

But you should also know that he is a survivor of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers. He wrote to me, “For me the lights really did go out when I was buried beneath the rubble for nearly two hours in total darkness.” And he’s committed to keeping the memory of those who died on that day, alive.
Students don’t know much about it and it isn’t an important part of the curriculum. There may be pockets of areas where this isn’t true, but I’m not aware of those.

On a recent national news program, I saw some man-on-the-street interviews of young people in their late teens and early twenties. A few could explain what took place on 9/11, but sadly, most had no idea.

We can NOT allow this to continue. So I hope you’ll take a look at Vinny’s foundation. http://www.gearupfoundation.org  If nothing else, drop him a note and tell him how much you appreciate his service. Vinny, and many others like him, rushed into those towers while everyone else ran away. His email address is vforras@gearupfoundation.org  
Please tell as many people as possible about
When the Lights Go Out. In July I signed copies at ICRS in Atlanta.

Video When the Lights Go Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfSEkGN5q0U&feature

Then spend a few minutes at his web site. You’ll be glad you did.

Max Elliot Anderson

Contact Gear Up.
Gear Up Foundation
P.O. Box 911
South Salem, NY 10590
Phone: (631) 869-5607
Toll Free: (800) 601-3493

Amazon link for When the Lights Go Out http://www.amazon.com/When-Lights-Out-Elliot-Anderson/dp/1936695472/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312034248&sr=1-13

Saturday, May 14, 2011

When The Lights Go Out - Information Page


WhenThe Lights Go Out
Was Released
 August 1



Last updated 9/12/2011


Notice: For the purposes of reviews, interviews, or articles, you may use anything you find on this site. This included photographs. If you need anything more, contact me at mander8813@aol.com

NEWS!                 


* When The Lights Go Out links added at the bottom of the 9/11 National Remembrance Flag page http://www.911remembranceflag.com/links.phtml
* An article / interview went out to GateHouse Media's 500 affiliates. In addition to 97 online pickups so far, it should also appear in some of their print papers, but I won't have any way of tracking who, where, when, or how many. I noticed that my local paper posted it online this morning http://www.rrstar.com/specialsection/entertainment/x410263514/The-Readers-Writers-Film-producer-and-author-Max-Elliot-Anderson 
* Midwest Book Review says, "When the Lights Go Out" is a fine read and very much recommended for modern thriller readers." http://www.amazon.com/When-Lights-Out-Elliot-Anderson/dp/1936695472/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312034248&sr=1-13
The article Focuses on When The Lights Go Out which will be released on Monday and is timed for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Max Elliot Anderson
 Video trailer for this book
 Review copies are available. If you review books, please send your mailing address to mander8813@aol.com If you are not a newspaper, magazine, or news media outlet, please indicate where your review will be seen.

Scheduled for release on August 1, 2011


We just found out that Max Elliot Anderon's upcoming release "When the Lights Go Out" will be featured in the Fall edition of Home Schooling Today Magazine! More details to come!

When The Lights Go Out video featured on Trailer Tuesday at http://sandraardoin.wordpress.com/



News Release                                              (For Imediate Release)
Rockford, IL - September 11, 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Recent events have the entire world talking about it. And yet, when teenagers and twenty something young people were asked on the street a few days ago, many knew little about what happened. It’s even worse when elementary school children are interviewed. Some have suggested that curriculum should be developed to better teach about 9/11.
Max Elliot Anderson has written a new book, When the Lights Go Out, for young readers.
“I speak in schools about my action-adventures and mysteries for kids,” Anderson said. “What I found is that children, who are eleven, twelve, and thirteen today, and were only infants in 2001, know little or nothing about 9/11 or the significance of what happened. So I wrote an adventure that briefly incorporates the events of that day, within a larger story set on a military base.”
In Anderson’s new book, Peyton Aldrich has just moved to a new army base with his parents and younger sister. He doesn’t understand why his father has been sent to such a rundown place in the middle of nowhere. After all, his father was a colonel, with top security clearance, who completed the elite Ranger school. And his training had also been in Army Intelligence. Yet, here they were.
Peyton was never allowed to ask his father anything about what he did in the army. Nor was he allowed to ever get in the way. There were many secrets that his dad couldn’t even tell his own family.
Peyton idolized his father. One day he hoped to grow up to be just like him. His father had told him that the army may not be for everyone, but after what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe.
Peyton finds two friends. Gill is the son of the motor pool sergeant, and Dave’s father is the base chaplain. Together they decide to train like Rangers and search for some kind of mission they could do. Little did they know that a mission was about to put the boys right in the crosshairs of a dangerous terrorist plot when a secret weapon would be delivered to the base on its way across the country.
There was no way Peyton could tell his father what he knew. After all, it could cost him his job. Peyton, Gill, and Dave have to take matters into their own hands, and they do.
When the Lights go Out is a story for kids, and their parents, so we never forget 9/11.
“My book is dedicated to the people who died on that day,” Anderson said. “The dedication reads, ‘To the memory of 9/11, and the people who lost their lives that day, so we never forget.’”
When the Lights Go Out was released on August 1, by Comfort Publishing, located in Concrod, NC.
“We’ve done a good job of informing students about other historic events like D-Day and Pearl Harbor,” Anderson said,  “but now it’s time we tell them about 9/11. My new book will help in that process.”

Contact Information

Max Elliot Anderson
For media contacts only - (815) 877-1514
PO. Box 4126, Rockford, IL 61110

Biography for Max Elliot Anderson
Max Elliot Anderson grew up as a reluctant reader.  After surveying the market, he sensed the need for action-adventures and mysteries for readers 8 and up, especially boys.
Mr. Anderson was a producer of the nationally televised PBS special, Gospel at the Symphony that was nominated for an Emmy, and won a Grammy for the double album soundtrack. He won a best cinematographer award for the film, Pilgrim’s Progress, which was the first feature film in which Liam Neeson had a staring role. He has produced, directed, or shot over 500 national television commercials for True Value Hardware Stores. Mr. Anderson owns The Market Place, a client-based video production company for medical and industrial clients. His productions have taken him all over the world and across the United States.
Using his extensive experience in the production of motion pictures, videos, and television commercials, Mr. Anderson brings the same visual excitement and heart-pounding action to his stories. Each book has completely different characters, setting, and plot.
Five books are published, with an additional thirty-one manuscripts completed. Young readers have reported that reading one of Mr. Anderson’s books is like being in an exciting or scary movie.
Mr. Anderson is listed in WHO’S WHO in Finance and Industry, Entertainment, Advertising, The Midwest, Emerging Leaders in America, The World, and WHO’S WHO In America (1999 - present)
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Synopsis_________________________________

When the Lights go Out

Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Audience: 8 and Up, especially boys
Words: About 36,500
Peyton Aldrich has just moved to a new army base with his parents and younger sister. He doesn’t understand why his father has been sent to such a rundown place in the middle of nowhere. After all, his father was a colonel, with top security clearance, who completed the elite Ranger school. And his training had been in Army Intelligence. Yet, here they were.
Peyton was never allowed to ask his father anything about what he did in the army. Nor was he allowed to ever get in the way. There were many secrets that his dad couldn’t even tell his own family.
Peyton idolized his father. One day, he hoped to grow up to be just like him. His father had told him that the army may not be for everyone, but after what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe.
Peyton finds two friends. Gill is the son of the base’s motor pool sergeant, and Dave’s father is the base chaplain. Together they decide to train like Rangers, and search for some kind of mission they could do. Little did they know that a mission was about to put the boys right in the crosshairs of a dangerous terrorist plot, when a secret weapon would be delivered to the base on its way across the country.
There was no way Peyton could tell his father what he knew. After all, it could cost him his job. Peyton, Gill, and Dave have to take matters into their own hands, and they do.
Will the terrorists find out who is trying to expose their evil plan? Will the boys be able to stop them? And what will happen to Peyton’s father when the general finds out what the boys did?
When the Lights go Out.” A story for kids, and their parents, so we never forget 9/11.

Reviews

When the Lights Go Out. Max Elliot Anderson. Comfort Publishing. August 2011. YA Ages 8-13. 172 pages. ISBN #: 9781936695478.

Set to be published near the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Max Elliot Anderson's book is meant to convey to young boys (and I think girls, as well as readers of any age) the seriousness of that catastrophic day when 3,000 people died because of a terrorist attack!

Peyton's Dad is a Colonel in the Army. What he does Peyton doesn't know, but he thinks it's something like being a Ranger. So Peyton and his friends decide they will begin their training so that they can become actual Rangers who conduct special missions. One morning while they are hiding, Peyton overhears a telephone conversation between his Dad and someone else about a secret "package" being delivered which must be guarded because of its dangerous contents.

In a second overheard conversation, Peyton and his friends learn that other people are aware of this delivery and are determined to steal it, somehow distracting the soldiers by another means. The plot quickens as the Rangers-in-training try to figure out how to stop this theft from happening without letting Peyton's Dad know about the overheard phone call. The author does a great job in creating the tension, fear, and seriousness of this new and very real mission these boys take on.

The end will surprise you and at the same time make you realize the threat is constant and one's alertness and preparation must be just as vigilant. Great job, Mr. Anderson

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WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT
By Max Elliot Anderson
ISBN 978-1-936695-47-8
Comfort Publishing
Reviewer Carolyn R Scheidies

12-year-old Peyton Aldrich finds himself living at a military base in the middle of nowhere. His father can’t tell him much of what he does, but Peyton is impressed his father is a Ranger. When he meets Greg and Dave, both sons of fathers also working on the base, at an old obstacle course, the three decide to train as Rangers. What they don’t realize is that their training will soon be tested when they discover things aren’t all what they should be on the base and terrorism becomes more than a word. 

Will Peyton and his friends be able to  stop the plot before anyone gets killed? 

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT balances a tense,  adventure plot with solid character development for a story that will draw in elementary/tweens who enjoy a story of spies, espionage and mystery.  Targeted for tween boys, but many girls will like this story as well. 

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Crystal Book Reviews

When the Lights Go Out. Max Elliot Anderson. Comfort Publishing. August 2011. YA Ages 8-13. 172 pages. ISBN #: 9781936695478.

Set to be published near the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Max Elliot Anderson's book is meant to convey to young boys (and I think girls, as well as readers of any age) the seriousness of that catastrophic day when 3,000 people died because of a terrorist attack!

Peyton's Dad is a Colonel in the Army. What he does Peyton doesn't know, but he thinks it's something like being a Ranger. So Peyton and his friends decide they will begin their training so that they can become actual Rangers who conduct special missions. One morning while they are hiding, Peyton overhears a telephone conversation between his Dad and someone else about a secret "package" being delivered which must be guarded because of its dangerous contents.

In a second overheard conversation, Peyton and his friends learn that other people are aware of this delivery and are determined to steal it, somehow distracting the soldiers by another means. The plot quickens as the Rangers-in-training try to figure out how to stop this theft from happening without letting Peyton's Dad know about the overheard phone call. The author does a great job in creating the tension, fear, and seriousness of this new and very real mission these boys take on.

The end will surprise you and at the same time make you realize the threat is constant and one's alertness and preparation must be just as vigilant. Great job, Mr. Anderson!!!

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Christian Book Previews calls "When the Lights Go Out", by Max Elliot Anderson, a "book that will set high standards for young readers"! Read the review!