Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, the publishing companies of Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of MacMillan publishing company.
A book that has had a big impact on me and on what I think of as the standard of a wonderful and intriguing adventure story is The White Mountains, the first volume of a series by John Christopher. In this book, a powerful alien race that seem to inhabit huge three-legged creatures called Tripods have taken over the earth. Once a year, all the children who have turned fourteen years of age during the past year are taken up into the Tripods and mind controlling caps are embedded into their heads. Will Parker sees how this cap has changed his beloved older cousin, Jack, and he really doesn’t want to have the Capping happen to him. But how can he avoid it?
To find out, sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.