WhipEye author honored

St. Paul author Geoffrey Saign has hit the jackpot with his 2014 book, WhipEye.

Not only are teachers, kids and Amazon reviewers raving about his middle-grade urban fantasy thriller (the first in a series), it’s also received two pretty big literary honors this year — first place in children’s fiction from the 2015 International Book Awards and a Book of the Year nod in outstanding children’s fiction from the Independent Author Network.

Recommended for ages 10 and older, WhipEye ($13.95 paperback) follows the adventures of 12-year-old Samantha, an animal enthusiast struggling to recover from her mother’s death while also dealing with the antics of a 1,000-year-old wise-cracking parrot, who convinces her (and her sidekick buddy, Jake, from across the street) to fight monstrous animals that threaten their world and a world beyond.

Saign (pronounced “sign,” as in stop sign) says the book is ideal for reluctant readers who are interested in nature and wildlife. Overriding themes include the power of love, helping others and trusting your intuition. 

Saign is also the author of Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment, as well as the eduational non-fiction books for middle graders — African Cats and Great Apes.

Saign, who teaches special-education classes for kids and adults, is thrilled with his novel’s recent acclaim: “It’s always great, as a writer, to get validation that you’ve done something right, and maybe even wonderful.”

Book 2 in Saign’s WhipEye Chronicles series — Gorgon — was released in September. Download the first chapters of WhipEye and Gorgon for free at geoffreysaign.net.