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A Long, Long Sleep
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It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone— and her future full of peril.

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose— hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire— is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes— or be left without any future at all.

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        As Walt Whitman said, "I am large, I contain multitudes!" The epigraph of every writer, really.

        I was conceived in northern Alaska, and was born to a bohemian veterinarian mother in a hospital on the shores of Lake Michigan. I endured numerous hellish years of school, and I can say with reasonable veracity that I have forgiven all my teachers and even the poor children who had to figure out how to deal with me. I survived. I thank the best of you, and the worst of you get to look forward to seeing yourselves eviscerated in fiction, so there's an end on it.

        Instead of a social life, I swam in books. I became a devoted follower of Diana Wynne Jones and Douglas Adams. I studied acting and Shakespeare with the Young Shakespeare Players of Madison, Wisconsin, and it deeply impacted my direction in life. I then discovered historical re-enactment, where I hung about in velvet, idly strumming a harp while men in plastic armor hit each other with sticks. That too was most enlightening. Despite collecting a technical degree in commercial goldsmithing I instead pursued writing as my primary means of unemployment. I moved with my family to a tiny ranch in rural Oregon, where I still live with my daughter, my mother, and assorted Irish wolfhounds.


        Most people, when they want to pursue a career in writing, go to college and take courses on creative writing. As I first said when I was seventeen, "If I were to get a degree in creative writing I fear I would no longer be fit to creatively write." I never understood why everyone laughed at that.

        Instead I read a lot: mythology and folklore as well as fantasy and science fiction, both for adults and children. I reread a lot, to better understand what I was absorbing. At sixteen I wrote my first novel, which was published serially in a friend's newsletter about rats. Between that and A Long, Long Sleep, I've actually lost count of the number of novels — or at least novel-length manuscripts — I have written. Many of them aren't very good. Many of them are just fine, but odd, and I'm not sure I have the patience to rewrite them to market standards. They might just sit stewing on my computer, creating a thick mulch for new novels to spring from. I try to write two books a year, barring unforseen disaster. Unforseen disaster keeps knocking at my door, I'm afraid — as friends and family can attest — but in general I still manage. A Long, Long Sleep is my first published novel. It fell out of me almost complete in just four weeks. If only all of them were so obliging.

        Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:

        1. I hand-milk a Jersey cow every day around midnight.

        2. Before I wanted to be an author, I wanted to be an astronaut. At nine years old I realized I didn't have the math skills, or the personality, so I write about people who look to the stars, instead.

        3. In public I always wear a battered black hat, and I use a belt pouch instead of a purse.

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It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone— and her future full of peril.

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose— hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire— is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes— or be left without any future at all.

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        June 13, 2011
        In this intriguing first novel, Rose Fitzroy, biologically 16 years old, comes out of stasis to discover that her billionaire parents and the world she knew are long dead. Having survived the plague-ridden Dark Times, the Earth is doing quite well, with Rose's father's former company in charge of much of it. This puts Rose—the sickly, shy, and self-hating daughter of overbearing parents—in the unusual position of "waking up to discover she's the sole surviving heiress to an interplanetary empire." Before taking on any responsibilities, Rose simply wants to survive high school, make a few friends, and work on her art. Her plans are swiftly interrupted, though, when a strange, virtually unstoppable creature called a Plastine attempts to assassinate her. Aided by handsome Bren and blue-skinned alien hybrid Otto, schoolmates she develops crushes on, Rose must defeat the assassin, learn to live as an independent adult, and discover why her parents essentially abandoned her in stasis. With well-developed characters, a touch of romance, and a believable future that, for once, is not entirely dystopian, Sheehan's tale should please many readers. Ages 14–up.

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        December 1, 2011

        Gr 8 Up-This original and imaginative retelling of "Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose" is set in a far future in which hover vehicles, cell phones worn around the neck, and retinal scans are routine. Rosalinda, "Rose," heir to a huge, interplanetary corporation called UniCorp, wakes up after being in stasis for 62 years and is still 16 years old. She's been awakened by a kiss from a boy, Bren, who found her stasis tube abandoned in the subbasement of their condo building. She's told that she slept through the Dark Times in which a plague decimated the population. She's mourning the loss of her boyfriend and her parents, who were killed in an airplane crash nine years after the Dark Times began. Rose feels like a freak and has a hard time adjusting to having been ripped from her own time. The only other person who understands is her classmate Otto, a human-alien hybrid with blue skin and the ability to communicate telepathically through touch. Rose has a crush on Bren but he's scared of her neediness and childlike behavior. Her life gets even more confusing after she's repeatedly attacked by a robot with orders to terminate her and she must fight for her life. Surprising plot twists abound as she discovers shocking family secrets. This debut novel doesn't shy away from exploring the dangers of powerful conglomerates and the ways technology can be abused, but, ultimately, it's a bittersweet story of lost love, dreams, and of finding one's place in the world.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

        Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Sleeping Beauty wakes up to a future world where everyone she ever knew is gone.

        Dramatic disasters, diseases and technological advancements have passed during Rosalinda Fitzroy's decades of sleep. In her new role as long-lost heiress to the interplanetary business empire UniCorp, she faces a new world without her family or boyfriend. History lessons hit too close to home at school, and she fails to connect with anyone but Bren, the son of top UniCorp officials and discoverer of her stasis tube, and Otto, the result an unethical UniCorp experiment. The science-fiction elements here are tantalizing but under-explored and under-utilized. Before Rose can fix the mistakes of her parents' company, she needs to fix their parenting mistakes. Rose's first-person narration paints the picture of a girl too accommodating and self-deprecating for her social position. Gradually, her quirks are explained through the mystery of her placement into stasis. Futuristic slang words jar, and the passages don't always mesh well—the all-too-possible descriptions of what went wrong while Rose slept are chilling but not always well-integrated into the story, and the breaks from Rose's point-of-view into that of a mysterious second character are forced. Assassination attempts against Rose feel tacked on to bump up the tension, though they are eventually tied into her emotional story arc.

        Thoughtful but uneven. (Science fiction. 14 & up)

        (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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        January 1, 2012
        In this future-set "Sleeping Beauty," Rose, heiress to a massive interplanetary corporation, awakens from more than sixty years in stasis. Manipulated by greedy employees and hunted by an assassin, Rose copes by painting and befriending another outcast, an alien named Otto. Passive, self-deprecating Rose's abrupt transformation into self-assured, confident heroine is difficult to believe, but the fairy-tale elements are creatively reimagined.

        (Copyright 2012 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

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It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone— and her future full of peril.

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