My Important Thoughts About The Book:
first volume in The Hannah and Brandon Stories was written as five
interconnected short stories. The first story introduced Hannah and Brandon and their
situation, and the next four were all about their dealings with Bucky. My editor and I
agreed that the final four stories were too long for younger readers, so we divided each
of them into two chapters.
And that is how the format for The Hannah and Brandon Stories came
about. Three Robbers, however, was written in that format instead of
having the format imposed upon it after it was done. Okay, that sounds subtle, but it
makes a difference. Trust me.
The last two chapters in Three Robbers are a quest story. I became
interested in quest stories when my younger son was in seventh grade and had to write one
in his English class. This was a very elaborate project involving creating a main
character who had to bring with him on his quest three items that would help him overcome
three obstacles. The main character also had to do three favors for three other characters
for which he would receive three gifts that he could then
I couldn't follow the
instructions after that.
But I did get the part about giving main characters three items to help them overcome
three obstacles. Therefore, Hannah and Brandon take a jump rope, a flashlight, and some
old chocolate coins with them on their quest.
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