Being a Protagonist as a High School Freshman
by Cameron Glenn
However, it was this awkwardness, this ‘time between child and fully formed teen-adult’ that I wanted to explore, and which I thought best fit the story and themes of “Delano in Hollyhook.” The transition from middle school to high school is a transition between two different worlds: from childhood to self-aware teenage being, from being at the top of the class, the top of the pyramid, the ones the other children in school look up to, to reverting back to the bottom of the pyramid, the ones the cool seniors at school scoff at. Also, of course, the various stages of puberty those of that age are transitioning through, or recently transitioned through, gives a sense of ‘entering into a new world’.
In the case of Delano, he not only symbolically or metaphorically crosses into a “new world” but he does so literally. Once inside Camp Hollyhook he finds that he is among the oldest campers, just beating the cutoff date of what the camp still considers “a child”. However, being among the oldest he feels a greater sense of responsibility and protection than the younger, more trusting campers do, which dictates his actions. In a sense he acts as a knowing spy, having crossed into an age of skepticism and awareness that children who believed in Santa Clause not as long ago have not yet crossed into. He’s young enough to be sent to a fantasy camp yet old enough to feel and accept adult type pressures resulting from being among the oldest. To my mind the in-between age of fourteen was the best age where one could simultaneously pass as a child yet be able to potentially accept and fulfill adult type pressures. That age also allowed for the hints of awkward pseudo crushes which I also wanted to write about. Besides, since everyone is, will be, or has been age fourteen, why can’t there be a fourteen year old protagonist?
About the Book
Author: Cameron Glenn
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: 366 pages
Release Date: August 10, 2015
Synopsis: Delano Farnsworth is one of the few ‘lucky unfortunates’ chosen to receive an invitation to the magical Camp Hollyhook. After he arrives, however, he quickly discovers that not is all as it seems. With his new camp friends the ‘quirky’ Jackie, the ‘dour’ Lenore and the ‘lonely’ Wheeze, Delano seeks to uncover the sinister true purpose of the camp, as well as learn about his missing parents who abandoned him when he was three, his kidnapped uncle as well as his own self and destiny.
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