Title: Blog Tour: Gorkle
Author: Penny Macoun
Genre: Science Fiction
Published: 5th November 2020
Synopsis: Gorkle is a gremlin who lives in cyberspace. He doesn’t like where he lives, it’s a miserable place because there are no bright colours anywhere. He likes the look of Earth. He really likes the brightly coloured text messages that humans send to each other, which he tries to keep.
One day, Gorkle is visited by two humans from Earth who are looking for the text messages that Gorkle has been keeping.
What will happen when they all meet?
Gorkle lives in cyberspace, all alone in a drab place. He can see the bright colours of Earth – and all the messages flying across Earth. He wants to be a part of it, and when he tries to keep some of the text messages, two humans appear to find out what happened to them.
Gorkle and the humans spark a friendship – and this is the core of the book – making sure people we care about aren’t lonely or left out. It has a strong sense of community and sharing, and a desire to belong. Gorkle also explores a sense of community and a desire to connect.
In today’s world, where we are increasingly isolated due to COVID 19, but at the same time, thanks to technology, increasing connected. Yet it can still feel isolating at times, as we’re still alone even though we might be messaging our friends. Gorkle shows that making new friends is fun and connecting with them helps brighten your world. Young kids will love the colourful pictures that tell the story and show Gorkle capturing the messages and making new friends.
The power of this book is in its imaginative sense of place and communication. How often have we sent messages that have never actually arrived? What if Gorkle took those messages? A fascinating look at connection, friendship and isolation in a time when we need stories like this the most.
A great story for younger readers!