NORTH BEND, Wash., Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, and IndieReaders' Best of 2016 list on Huffington Post, Gary Schwartz's heartfelt, hilarious, pun-filled middle grade novel, THE KING OF AVERAGE tells of an eleven-year old's quest for love and self-acceptance in a land where psychological states are actual places.
Schwartz had the idea fifty-two years ago, when he was eleven: A neglected, abused latch-key kid of the late 1950s, he wondered if he could he be more average than anyone else---if he could be the most average kid in the world. The very idea made a shy boy who suffered from poor self-esteem feel special. Suddenly, the boy who wanted to be invisible and escape notice in a dysfunctional family now had hope. He could cope. It led him to pursue a successful career on stage, film and TV.
The King of Average (ISBN is 978-0-9975860-7-7) tells the tale of James, an average boy travelling his emotional landscape in the Realm of Possibility. He befriends a talking scapegoat named Mayor Culpa, a professional optimist and an equally professional pessimist called Kiljoy, and goes on a journey to become king of Average and reclaim his self-esteem and authenticity.
"We take the trauma of childhood with us into adulthood. Without self-awareness, we can suffer our whole lives," says Schwartz. "I hope this story inspires children to better understand their feelings and discover their own truth in a fun way."
About the Author
Gary Schwartz started out as a mime, being seen and not heard and ended up a voice over artist, being heard and not seen.
He began his professional career as a mime at age 13, performing with Pete Seeger and other well-known folk singers. He continued as a mime into the 70's, transitioning into the spoken word and acting in the 1980s. He has appeared in numerous film and television projects since then, including the Oscar-winning feature film Quest for Fire and the Emmy-winning children's show Zoobilee Zoo.
Schwartz found his calling doing voices and has lent his voice to hundreds of films, TV shows and video games (he is the voice of several well-known video game characters). He has been passionate about improvisational acting for decades and studied with theater games creator Viola Spolin for many years. He is a passionate improv coach and facilitator devoted to carrying on Spolin's techniques, and has traveled from Japan to Finland teaching Theater Games technique. http://spolingamesonline.org
He lives in North Bend WA. http://www.gary-schwartz.com
The King of Average is his first novel.
Audiobook due out January 2017.
PO Box 1123
North Bend, WA 98045
The King of Average
Published by Bunny Moon Books
ISBN is 978-1-5137-0331-2
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