Hi. I'm Katie. Vonda Norwood's daughter. I just read your book and I wanted to say that it was a special story. I liked reading about all the things he could do. I can't wait for my sister Emily to read it so she can know what I am talking about! Thank you.
Hi. I'm Emily. Vonda Norwood's youngest daughter.And I liked your book a lot. I read it all today and my favorite part is when he wins the fight! That's the best part to me. Thank you. From Emily. I'm 13. Good night.
-Alfred M. Albers
Author of: "Of Ghosts and Magic" and its sequel "House of Tarot Cards"
- Melodie K. Starkey
Why This Book
Some of Miles Cobbett's earliest memories include laying on his living room floor and watching Championship boxing events on the local TV channels with his three older brothers. He remembers listening intently when his mother would later tell stories about her father, his grandfather, and the Champion Boxer's he had coached in England before WW I broke-out when she was just a mere child. Miles Cobbett's Mother and Father and his three older three brothers had immigrated to America after WW II and took a train all the way across the USA to the Los Angeles area and is where they settled down in 1949. Miles and his family lived in Azusa California when he was born. Some called it a tough neighborhood, and Miles had his share of street fights with the local neighborhood bullies, and fought with some of the toughest kids at his schools. His older brothers never fought his fights for him... Instead, they taught him how to fight, and how to never back-down from Bullies, and how to get back into a fight even if he lost a round -and felt like quitting. Those were all valuable lessons that he is eternally grateful for...
When the story opens Roman Lefthanded Losinski finds himself in the beautiful desert of Sedona Arizona and he needs money, and he needs a place to stay. He has been a laborer in some of the most rugged parts of Alaska. The big money he earned in Alaska is gone now and once again he needs employment in what he knows how to do, labor work, and he needs a place to stay.
The Want-Ad that he finds in the Sedona Times Courier newspaper offers the possibility of a job, and a place to stay.
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About the author
In 2008 Miles Cobbett released the book Champion, his first published novel. He had been writing novels and short stories for over 35 years. Along the way he worked part-time as a freelance sports journalist, and full-time in a long series of jobs that offered him a way to travel and make enough money to buy paper, pens and have food in his belly, and sometimes even a roof over his head. His travels across America began shortly after the passing of his Father when Miles was 18 -and still in college. He dropped out of University soon after that to begin his "Walk-About" in-search of himself and his place in the world; and it was with his journal entries that he found solace and a way to understand the loss of his best friend, his Father. Miles traveled the country and worked most any job he could find. From laborer to restaurant worker to truck driver to Alaska fish cannery worker to tug boat helmsman; Miles did them all and more...along the way he collected the stories of people and their lives and tried his best to figure out what made them all tick. Once in Alaska he set his sights on completing the college degree that he had started so many years before. Miles found that the summer-time fishing jobs in Alaska and working on ocean going tug boats could provide the funds he needed to help him graduate college. In 1994 he graduated with dual degrees in Psychology and Sociology. He went on to teach school in 3rd, 4th and the 7th and 8th grades. It was after Miles returned to California to visit his aging Mother and only in consideration of her urging accepted a emergency teaching position for Los Angeles City Unified School District. It was there, teaching 4th grade students in South-Central Los Angeles, that Miles found his stride and realized that Hooking Kids on Books was the greatest passion of his life; and his main reason for living. This story Champion is one of a series of books that Miles has designed to hook kids of all ages on reading -and especially those tough-to-reach kids from the 4th grade and up. The book Champion can be found in (public libraries across Alaska and)n classrooms, and in almost every single school library of the18 public schools in the Fairbanks area. It is being read and used in classrooms from the 4th grade on up to high school, and has even be used to hook students on reading that are attending literature classes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Find a comfortable chair and grab a copy of the book Champion and have an enjoyable afternoon or evening reading one of the most exciting books on the market.
Tell us about your book!
Miles. Champion is a book designed to hook readers of all ages from the very first words in the book: “Hey… what about my money?” Something big happens involving the central characters money in the opening chapter and the readers are pulled into the book to find out exactly what happens. They follow him on the exciting journey of a lifetime as he gets involved in the World of Big Time Sports and meets all the people, goes to all the places, and does all the work and training that eventually offer him an opportunity at the coveted Championship Level of Pro Sports.
What was it that inspired you to write?
Miles. I got hooked on writing back when I was in junior high school and my 7th grade Literature Teacher, a tough young woman with a Beatle Bowl haircut and a horrible acne pot-marked face began reading my stories to our class. She never said who wrote them, but I was secretly very proud, and my friends finally began to figure it out anyway. She was one of the people who had gotten me hooked me on books and was the first teacher that I remember who always made sure that we got the Scholastic Book Club Newsletter and book order Catalog. I ordered any book that she suggested and that my meager allowance could afford. I do not know how she survived teaching in that tough neighborhood near La Puente Ca. We were a really hard group to teach and I am sure teaching us was a huge challenge. We were all poor kids and I was usually kicked off the bus for one infraction or another, but it didn’t matter and anyway my friend Brian Dunn and I would run the five-mile distance over the furrows in farmers’ fields and across the creeks that separated the towns of Rowland Heights, La Puente and West Covina. Most days we ran fast enough to even have time to stop at our neighborhood 7 Eleven store and buy a candy bar or M& M’s at a nickel a bag to tease the kids still on the bus at the second bus stop. We would run like crazy to beat the bus and arrive at that stop and pretend to have been there for ages, as we ate our goodies and teased our friends who were riding the bus to the next stop and hanging out of the windows …asking us for a peanut M&M, or a bite of our candy bar. Brian Dunn would point at the writing on the side of the bus and pretend to read it, “Do not feed the animals.” My parents had bought a brand new 4 bedroom track house for just $16,995 and the deal was they only had to put 99 dollars down and pay 99 bucks a month for the mortgage. We lived alongside young families of every ethnic background in our housing development of 1500 new homes, on what just a couple of years before, had been just rolling hills and cow pastures. -That was before the big push for family housing in Southern Ca in the late 1950’s and 60’s. So I suppose I would have to give credit for my first inspiration to write to my 23 year-old Literature Teacher in that 7th grade class, and to my Mother who continually encouraged me to write and always had a copy of Reader’s Digest Magazine on our coffee table, as well as making sure that I had a new book under the Christmas tree or wrapped-up as a gift for my birthday.
What does the future hold for you and your work?
Miles. I hope the future holds the release of enough of my works to fill the library shelves with a row of books (all with my name on them), longer than the length of my arm. That is the gift I want to leave for all young readers in the future. Read more ...