Rimbey author Kate A. Boorman stopped by the Ponoka Jubilee Library Saturday, Sept. 19 to promote the second book in her young-adult trilogy.
The series is set in what Boorman calls an alternate reality to the settlers of many years ago. While no location is actually provided, young readers will recognize similar locations from her years living in Rimbey, said Boorman. “The book is a reflection, I think, of my rural roots.”
The story follows Emmeline, an almost 16-year-old girl who finds out something about her village that she shouldn’t have, says Boorman, which sets off a series of events that leads to a series of events that change the protagonist’s life forever.
Boorman said it invokes memories of her wandering as a young girl in the wilderness under poplar trees.
“I wanted to invoke that placeless, lost feeling,” explained Boorman of the series.
Published by Abrams Books under the company’s Amulet Books, Winterkill was released last year and the second book, aptly named Darkthaw, is set to release Oct. 13.
Boorman describes the second book as a dark time for the young protagonist. “It’s the Empire Strikes Back of the series,” she said.
Boorman is finding some momentum in her writing career having been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Alberta Readers’ Choice Awards for Winterkill. She said her publisher believes in the series and is re-releasing the books in the United Kingdom with different covers.
Reviews on Amazon.com show positive acclaim with 4.6 stars out of 5. The Ponoka library has ordered a copy of Boorman’s second book.