BURR RIDGE – On her far-flung travels, Christie Sever looks for a different perspective on the world – trying to see it through the eyes of a middle-schooler. It's how the Burr Ridge resident begins to frame plots for her planned series of adventure books for students, which just launched with "Sound the Warning."
In her debut novel, time travel transports her middle school-age sibling protagonists – Isabel and Joe – to Ireland in the 18th century. Each book in the "Children of the World" series will highlight a particular historical time and culture for a different country in the world, said Sever, a longtime CPA, writer and public speaking coach.
In describing the plot, she said Izzy is an American Irish dancer, whose twin brother Joe loves soccer and aggravating her. They are magically whisked away to Ireland during the time of the culture-crushing Penal Laws. There they hide from soldiers, climb into a castle, and befriend a quirky and rebellious dance master whose task it is to keep Irish culture alive.
The challenges lead the twins to band together using their respective skills as they try to save the dance master. All the while, their hope of finding a way home to their own time remains uncertain.