Annie Gomez and the Gigantic Foot of Doom

Annie Gomez and the Gigantic Foot of Doom

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A YA sci-fi/fantasy high adventure with more than a bit of humor, a la Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching. Annie Gomez, with help from her "coterie" of just-too-weird-to-be-popular friends, has to save humanity AND be home by 6 for dinner. Annie Gomez, having just completed 10th grade, wrestles with being the smartest person she knows (and probably the smartest person ever) and yet having to deal with absurd parents, thick classmates, and saving the world from aliens (or possibly fairies.) Fortunately, Annie isn't quite totally alone. Her circle of carefully chosen friends include Andy, half Inuit, half African-American, who once played Anne Frank on stage; Johnny, a shy Romany boy who loves history; Naomi, a sophisticated, mature woman of the world (ok, 16 year old of the world); Justin, who still looks like a 6th grader (and a golden retriever) but plays trombone with a world-class jazz band and is the high schools leading expert in exobiology - the study of alien life; and finally Aaron, whose brilliant mind is beyond the ken of ordinary humans. Aaron is autistic, rarely speaks, and spends his time in realms that are imaginary. Or are they? On the last day of the school year Annie's biology teacher warns her that he believes aliens are trying to take over her mind. "Why not?" she shrugs. "Everyone else is." Yet as she continues to lose her grip on reality over the next weeks, she has no choice but to accept the possibility. As events unfold, Annie finds that not one but two different alien races are trying to contact her. One is trying to help. One is trying to destroy humanity. But which is which? Feeling totally helpless for the first time in her life, Annie is pulled first by one and then the other into strange and dangerous landscapes. And her friends (except Aaron, mysteriously disappears) are pulled with her, which is probably a good thing, she figures. A fortune teller told her that she had to learn to trust others ("yeah, right") but that in the end she would have to depend on her own resources ("hey, can't someone help me out here?"). At the last minute she makes her final effort, deploying her secret weapon, only to be used when there are no other options. And it fails. With no hope left she finds herself locked in mortal, hand-to-hand combat with a terrifying, powerful alien, a battle that will determine whether humanity survives. Her strength failing, she faces the very real probability of her own death and please don't tell this to ANYONE but she realizes she really loves her parents. Will she prevail at the last minute? Where has Aaron been this whole time? What happens when you fall in love with someone from a parallel dimension? And what can stop that gigantic foot descending from the sky to destroy the Earth?******** Judge, 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards: In Annie Gomez and the Gigantic Foot of Doom by Jay Cutts we are presented with a novel that hovers between realism and science fiction, in that space between the tall tale and the cutting satire. We are introduced to Annie herself as well as a motley assortment of friends and frenemies dealing with a situation that seems ripped from the pages of a comic book but which carries real consequences on the pages of this novel...there are scenes of great emotional or psychological interest...The title seems to this reader to be fun appropriate, tonally right one, while the overall design of the book is professional.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 14.22mm | 435.45g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507557337
  • 9781507557334

About Jay B Cutts

Jay Cutts is an inspired fan of sci-fi/fantasy authors like Terry Pratchett and Jasper Fforde who find humor in the human condition and express it artfully. Jay's novels include Death by Haggis, a tongue-in-cheek detective novel inspired by the Bulwer-Lytton contest for the first line to the worst of all possible novels. Annie Gomez and the Gigantic Foot of Doom is Jay's entry into the Young Adult genre. Jay reports, "Writing about high school students feels like totally natural, dude. Seriously, I don't think I've ever left that time behind and it feels great to put myself back in those simpler but completely baffling times. It's like being allowed to lick your plate at the table or walk around the house with no pants on. Well, ok, you also have to save the world when that's needed but you don't need any adults helping out. "The teen view of the world feels in some ways more real to me than the adult view. It's full of passion, life and death decisions, broken hearts, amazing possibilities. And humor. Always humor. Humor is love and there's always love." Jay is also the lead author of three test prep products for Barron's Educational Services. These books are, hopefully, nonfiction and any humor in them is very carefully hidden. In his spare time Jay dances, plays Eastern European music on the accordion, travels to exotic places, gardens, likes eating fresh fruit right off the trees (with his pants on) and plays with his wonderful granddaughter, Aliya Gomez, and her wonderdog, Baxter.show more

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