As a collaborative project between three authors, The Gateway series attempts to synthesize our different strengths into a single, cohesive vision. We aim to balance meticulously detailed, high-drama plots with richly drawn characters in an established and believable world.
It was a deliberate decision to use science fiction rather than fantasy as our vehicle, as it not only ensures a more consistent, logical universe, but also raises the stakes for the central characters - there are real consequences in the world of The Gateway, and no magic spells to wriggle out of them.
Our ambition was to write books that:
- appeal equally to girls and boys. Amelia is the central voice, but Charlie is the loudest voice -- the two characters equally drive the narratives.
- show kids actively engaging with the world. Amelia and Charlie deal with each new situation with bravery, integrity, logic and empathy. Though the aliens that arrive through the gateway often are cause for fear, confusion and disgust, just as often they provide the kids with an opportunity to meet the other with compassion, generosity and respect.
- include healthy, honest relationships with adults. The usual trope in children’s literature is to first clear away the adults through abandonment, death or disaster, and then let the adventure begin. The adults in these books, though, particularly the parents, are reliable sources of protection, resilience, and affection.
Taken from Teachers’ Notes, created by Cerberus Jones, with thanks to Hardie Grant Egmont. Don't forget to check out Cerberus Jones' discussion of The Gateway's themes and writing style here. You can find the three parts of Cerberus Jones online as Chris Morphew, Rowan McAuley and David Harding.
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