Dennis Foon was born and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He always enjoyed reading, and as a young child he loved the Dr. Seuss books. As he grew older, Dennis became a fan of writers such as Charles Dickens and J.D. Salinger. He always wanted to be a writer himself, and in junior high Dennis worked on the school newspaper. He had his own advice column, "Dear Dennis," for which he wrote both the questions and the answers.
Today, Dennis Foon is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. His young adult novels include Double or Nothing, Skud and the titles in The Longlight Legacy trilogy: The Dirt Eaters, Freewalkerand The Keeper's Shadow. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
About the Book
The Longlight Legacy (a trilogy)
From author Dennnis Foon:
Many years ago, I visited a town where toxic waste from a processing plant had leeched into the soil, seeping under homes, into gardens, schoolyards and playgrounds. Children playing in the fields, people working on their lawns or just walking the streets were exposed to carcinogens and many became mortally ill.
I was appalled that this was allowed to happen, and that people's lives were destroyed by such a blatant disregard and disrespect for the environment. I kept wondering what it would be like to grow up in a world where the devastation of war and pollution were present everywhere. Images of a boy, alone, walking through a ravaged wasteland kept creeping into my mind. It was all too easy to extrapolate children being sacrificed so that the rich could maintain their power. And imagining a fabulous world where our dreams were being devastated right alongside the earth's.
This was what I started me writing The Dirt Eaters. As I worked, the story grew and grew, and I quickly realized that I couldn't tell it all in one book. I've been immersed in Roan's world ever since.
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