[About the author: Michael Selden has worked as a physicist and program manager on numerous scientific and engineering efforts. Mike always maintained a keen interest in literature. In July 2013, he moved from Maryland to Colorado—where he went to high school—to write and publish books. His website is www.michaelselden.com. He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.]
Available on Kindle and in paperback formats, "The Boy Who Ran" is a novel geared toward middle school students. Set 6,000 years ago, the boy in the story becomes the sole survivor in his Native American village after a horrible massacre. The boy learns to overcome his new found challenges as an orphan by friending animals in the forest. He is taken in by a nearby village, but never really accepted. Read more in this synopsis:
"Set six thousand years ago in the mid-archaic period of North American history, marauders creep quietly through the trees and tall grass, until they come upon a village provisioned with a large cache of food. With unabated ferocity, they attack the village and massacre all the villagers—save for one boy.
As he grows up, he decides he wants to be one of The People, a tribe of hunters. As he seeks to achieve his goal, he encounters Raven, an expert hunter who teaches the boy the art of hunting. Along the way, he meets a young girl named Morning Song and a romantic relationship gradually emerges. So, too, does a jealous rivalry as another boy, Dark Sun, tries to win the heart of Morning Song. Through many trials and ordeals, theboy’s spirit and character are tested.
Does he have what it takes to join the tribe of hunters? Or will he always remain an outsider, a lone wolf with friends or family?"