No Fences in Alaska

Glen Sobey

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GENRE

DRAMA FAMILY YOUNG ADULT ADVENTURE

    Core Theme

    REGRET, FORGIVENESS, AND FAITH AS AN UNUSUAL BOND DEVELOPS

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    THIRTEEN, STILL ALICE, WILD

    CHARACTER LIST

    • HARPER LYONS: 16. LEAD. OUTSPOKEN, REBELLIOUS, AND INTELLIGENT.
    • COOPER LYONS: 65. LEAD. HARPER’S GRANDFATHER. ENGAGING, FAITHFUL, STRONG MORAL CODE.
    • GABRIEL LIGHT: 18. HARPER’S LOVE INTEREST.
    • ZACHARY: 21. HARPER’S EX. GETS HER PREGNANT AND THREATENS HER.

    Logline

    A troubled teen flees to her Grandpa in Alaska to start a new life even as his fades.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 13-17

    Target Gender: Female leaning

    Setting

    San Antonio, Tx & the interior of Alaska

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Black Rose Writing

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    Sixteen-year-old Harper Lyons needs to escape her parents and decide what to do about her unwanted pregnancy. Cooper Lyons, her estranged grandfather, lives alone in rural Alaska. He has just been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and he doesn’t plan on letting the disease run its course.

    Ending Description

    Cooper helps Harper find her passion in life. They complete this novel together. Harper's family is reunited; she marries and gives birth to her child after surviving an attempted murder by the child's biological father. Cooper commits suicide when his disease worsens.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Harper Lyons

    Age: 16

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Engaging, Sexy, Outspoken, Perseverance, Aggressive, Manipulative, Blunt, Complex, Empathetic, Secretive, Beautiful, Desperate

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Cooper Lyons

    Age: 65

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Gracious, Perseverance, Adventurous, Empathetic, Engaging, Faithful, Honorable, Heroic, Outspoken, Selfless, Complex, Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Gabriel Light

    Age: 18

    Gender: Male

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Faithful, Perseverance, Aspiring, Charming, Empathetic, Engaging, Strong Moral Code, Heartthrob, Modest, Romantic, Selfless

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Zachary

    Age: 21

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Narcissistic, Seductive, Unapologetic, Villainous, Charming, Criminal, Heartthrob

    Development Pitch

    Brief

    When troubled teen Harper Lyons discovers she’s pregnant, she flees to Alaska to stay with her
    estranged grandpa, Cooper, and away from her rigid parents and cruel ex-boyfriend. Cooper
    welcomes the opportunity for a second chance to connect with family, as he lives with the regret
    of his own daughter’s death from drug use and copes with early onset Alzheimer’s.

    What We Liked

    - Strong dual protagonist narrative;
    - Unconventional buddies – a teen and an old man;
    - Flashbacks that present a myriad of characters and potential storylines;
    - Narrative about complex family issues that centers on themes that many can relate to;
    - Important message about life being worth living;
    - Impactful end that brings in a concept rarely shown on screen, death with dignity, as
    Cooper takes his own life rather than letting Alzheimer’s completely deteriorate him;
    - Alaskan setting provides ample opportunity for outstanding cinematography;
    - Positive spin on faith.

    Synopsis

    Harper, a teenager angry and unhappy in her family’s restrictive Christian household, parties,
    steals from her parents, and does drugs. Her boyfriend, Zachary, deals drugs and uses her for
    sex. Harper gets pregnant and realizes he doesn’t care about her. Unsure of how her father, the
    head of a Christian private school, will react, Harper forces her parents to buy her a ticket to go
    stay with her grandpa, Cooper, in Alaska. In Alaska, she won’t need parental consent for an
    abortion.
    Harper and Cooper reconnect, both living with regrets and needing each other’s love to heal. At
    the same time, they hide secrets from each other that they’re afraid would be too much for each
    other to handle. However, Cooper can’t hide that he has early onset Alzheimer’s. Harper
    promises to help him.
    Cooper helps Harper re-discover her love of singing. As Harper thrives in Alaska, Zachary
    continues to wreak havoc on her life from afar, trying to force her to terminate the pregnancy.
    Harper slowly stops using drugs, and after meeting handsome Gabriel, an EMT, she is convinced
    to keep her baby.
    With Cooper’s love and support, Harper reveals her pregnancy to her family. Harper is
    instrumental in reuniting Cooper with his ex-wife, Rachel. Greg, Harper’s father, comes to see the
    error of his ways with his children. In the end, the entire family reconciles and lives in Alaska.
    Cooper continues to deteriorate and gives all he can to Harper. He takes his own life, the way he
    wanted to go, before his mind is gone. Harper finds love with Gabriel, marries him, and they
    name Harper’s baby boy Cooper.

    About The Author

    Glen Sobey taught and lived in Alaska Native villages for many years, and continues to live in rural Alaska with his wife, three dogs, and a forest cat. He plays several musical instruments, hikes, kayaks, catches fish (sometimes), builds things, repairs more things, gardens, shovels lots of snow, splits too much wood, enjoys his family, and writes as often as he can. The War Blog, released in 2018, is his first novel. No Fences in Alaska is his second.