Who do I want to be?
There are so many choices; honest, funny, brave. A superhero with a tragic past and bright mysterious future; with superstrength or telekinetic powers. I could be anyone and they would never know.
… I type ‘SamuraiMan’ into the first box
In The Last Leaves Falling, Sarah Benwell’s brilliant debut novel, Sora joins KyotoTeenz because nobody will know about his illness. He can be who he wants he wants. I asked Sarah to fill in her own KyotoTeenz profile.
Sarah Benwell’s KyotoTeenz Profile
Fill your own in, the template is here: KyotoTeenz
Sarah is a YA author, creative writing mentor, and an advocate for diversity.
She runs the Trowbridge Young Writers Squad, is the founder of The Variety Shelves – a series of events highlighting diversity in literature, throughout 2015 – and one half of the team running DiversifYA.com
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And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this…
Japanese teenager, Sora, is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the samurai for guidance and comfort. But he also finds hope in the present; through the internet he finds friends that see him, not just his illness. This is a story of friendship and acceptance, and testing strength in an uncertain future.