Local Hopewell Valley resident, David Potter, just published his first novel, The Left Behinds: The iPhone that Saved George Washington.
The Left Behinds is the first of a book series about 6th graders living in today’s technological world who are thrust back to pivotal points in history and find that they have make sure what is supposed to happen in history happens. Geared toward ages 8-12 (grades 4,5, and 6), this fun and engaging book brings history to life.
On Christmas Day, Mel finds General George Washington lying dead as a doornail in a stable. But Mel knows that George Washington must cross the Delaware River, or the course of American history will be changed forever.
Could Mel’s iPhone have sent him back in time to 1776? And can Mel and his schoolmates, know-it-all Bev and laid-back Brandon, come to the rescue? Perhaps, with a little help from two colonial kids and Benjamin Franklin himself.
Potter got his inspiration for The Left Behinds while taking his children to the annual Christmas reenactment of Washington’s Crossing the Delaware. As a parent of two teenagers, Potter knows that teenagers are so tied to their phones and tablets and he wondered “What would it be like if these kids got transported back to 1776?”
So, he wrote a few pages as an experiment just to see if he could capture the voice and he really liked the result. It took 6-7 months to write and was accepted for publication in summer of 2013 with the book being published this January. The adventures of his time-traveling heroes, Mel, Bev, and Brandon will continue in Books 2 and 3 of the series. Book 2 will be appearing in January of 2016.
Potter spoke about his passion behind this project, “Twelve year olds are not in charge of much now but they will become in charge of everything when they are adults. I really wanted kids to learn about this country they will be running someday.”
And, in a generous donation, David Potter autographed and gave a hardcover copy and an audio book to each elementary school and the middle school in Hopewell Valley Regional School District.