Olive Peart is the author of two young adult novels, Linked and The Intruders. In Linked, two boys were begging for help and unable to cope in a world filled with overwhelming family problems. One was black and the other was white and now they had switched! The Intruders tell of six teens from the Bronx as they time travel into the future and an adventure of a lifetime, until forced to take sides in a tribal battle.
Published non-fiction works include, Life After High School: Traits that Help & Traits that Hurt, The Dangers of Medical Radiation, Spanish for Professionals in Radiology, Lange Q & A Mammography Examination, Mammography and Breast Imaging - Just the Facts, and Mammography and Breast Imaging PREP: Program Review and Exam Prep.
Peart was the keynote speaker at Let's Get Ready Summer Career Day Kick-Off on July 30th.2011. The mission of Let's Get Ready is to expand college access for motivated, low-income high school students. As an established lecturer and writer, Peart gives lectures on mammography and other radiography-related topics at seminars throughout the United States and Canada and her articles appear regularly in radiological journals and newsmagazines. She writes technical query columns for Radiologic Technology - Journal of the American Society of Radiologic Technologist, she is an editor with Gannett Education and she is an editorial consultant and writer with RT Image Magazine.
Six Bronx teens were looking for excitement when they decided to explore a neighborhood cave. After tumbling off a ledge they fell into an adventure of a lifetime; they had time-traveled three centuries into the future! Here, the Bronx is a heavily wooded forest, unexplored by a tribe of people living there. The teens are soon accepted. However, within weeks they find themselves in the middle of a full-fledged war.
Another tribe living in Manhattan is bent on wiping out the tribe in the Bronx!
These teenagers have a unique advantage in this war. They know the land. Neither tribe is aware that there were, and still are, train tunnels running under the river from the Bronx to Manhattan. Neither knows that the old train tracks run North to South so are excellent travel guides. The tribe in the Bronx is even unaware of the wealth of treasure—metals, jewelry, etc. - buried in the rubble of what were once busy shopping strips in the Bronx. For the six teens, this becomes a true adventure. Yet, all too soon their adventure becomes too real. Friends and enemies are getting killed!
This was no longer fun. This was a fight for survival!
Same age, same height, same grade—they could have been identical twins, but they were not. Yet they lived in the same imperfect world with overwhelming family problems. Greg’s father had walked out after striking his mother. Steve’s father refused to leave after repeatedly abusing his mother. Each boy, in his own way, was begging for help. They lived in different homes. They had different personalities. One was black and the other was white and they had switched!
‘This book about a black and a white kid switching bodies handles race very well. This is a brave thing to do and done successfully…. Great character development….’
-Judge's commentary, Writer's Digest Awards Contest