We met author Dom Testa! (and so you get a chance to win FREE books!)

by Melissa on August 6, 2010 · 6 comments

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Author Dom Testa with a young fan and book 2 of The Galahad Series, The Web of Titan

Recently, Bookalachi had a chance to chat with author Dom Testa. And guess what?? He’s giving away the first two books in The Galahad Series to one of our lucky readers!! To enter, comment on this post  Winners will be announced on Friday, August 13th!


Dom Testa’s a pretty cool guy. Also? Pretty smart. Which we’re big fans of here at Bookalachi—that cool/smart combo.  Not only is he an award-winning author (and radio show host), he’s a huge proponent of smart kids and savvy teens. Which is good, considering he sent a bunch of them off in a life-boat of sorts to save the human race in The Galahad Series.

I first heard of The Galahad Series when a friend enthusiastically encouraged me to review them. I was happy to look at solid science fiction books and quickly discovered how great the characters were. Even though they are considered Young Adult books, I was delighted that the content was surprisingly clean and easily appropriate for tweens (and their parents). Mr. Testa managed to create realistic teen characters without stereotypical teen vices—drinking, drugs and s-e-x. I was intrigued. I actually raced through the first book, The Comet’s Curse, before I realized I had nothing to comment on. 

Well, I thought, the second book is always darker—the first is just the gateway substance. I frequently remind parents of this; the further you go in a series, the more content there usually is to worry about. So, I read the next book in The Galahad Series (just released by Tor), The Web of Titan. While the danger level ratchets up a bit and the relationships get more complicated (teenagers, remember?), the content doesn’t.  Neato.

At the recent book launch of The Web of Titan at The Tattered Cover bookstore in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Mr. Testa spoke specifically to the issue of content. And, he provided fantastic cookies shaped like Saturn’s moon, Titan. (You can see a clip of the talk here and you’ll see part of the reason why we like this guy so much, in addition to the cookies.)  I think my favorite line is where he talks about the 251 teens that were hand-selected to save the human race and how they likely weren’t the ones cutting class and getting high. Hee.

In fact, he has a mission to convince kids that being smart is okay. As he speaks to (literally) thousands of middle school and high school students every year, he tells them that it’s not worth it to hide being smart for a few years to be cool. He states that no one will ever care how cool you were in high school after high school (and, really, most don’t care when you’re in school, either).  To that end, he has a non-profit foundation to support kids and encourage those ‘big brains’ (bigbrainclub.com). In fact, you might head over there and grab one of his new t-shirts for back-to-school, ‘Gettin’ My Nerd On.”

The third installment in The Galahad Series, The Cassini Code, is due to be released in November.  For more information about Dom, his passion for kids, or how on earth he found a great bakery to make Titan cookies, check out: ClubGalahad.com

P.S. Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win the first two books in The Galahad Series, personalized!  Squeal!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Stone August 9, 2010 at 6:44 am

Wow, free stuff? I am thrilled to hear there’s a book about teens that don’t do all the bad stuff! I’ve got a teen who doesn’t, but he says everyone has a friend who does. I love sci-fi and so do all my kids (age 8-16). I’d love a book to read aloud to all of them and not worry about it if they want to get ahead by reading on their own. Thanks for the review!

kacey ross August 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Free Books! This does look interesting. I’m surprised that my 11 year old avid reader hasn’t found this on his own, but I’d love to have him check them out. Thanks for the heads up!

Amber August 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Wow, thanks for this review. I know my son will love these!

sandi August 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Great job! Love your site with such great parenting resources for kids of all ages

Sarah August 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

So glad I read about this site in Momsense mag. What a great idea!

Melissa August 31, 2010 at 10:38 am

Congrats to Amber who won the giveaway!! Whoo hoo!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Look for this series in Barnes & Noble (online or store) or ask your local library to carry it!

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