Welcome to the site of author Tim Learn–home of the Chewy Noh series.
Chewy Noh is a boy who is imbued with a special power that was granted him by a Korean fortune-teller, and must deal with the problems that arises from it with his stay as an exchange student in America.
Chewy Noh has problems. He was born with them. Two weeks after his birth, the family fortune-teller saw bad things in his future…and she was right. The school bully hates him and will stop at nothing to get rid of him. His mother suddenly can’t get out of bed, complaining of horrible headaches. And worst of all, the secret his grandmother is hiding may be at the root of it all. But why should he worry? He’s a superhero with a power no one’s ever seen before!
Chewy Noh has many problems. Besides his mom becoming a mu-dang—a Korean fortune-teller possessed by his dead grandmother who can read minds—the school bully, Kent, is still on the warpath to get Chewy kicked out of school. With his secret ability to win at everything, none of this bothers him until he starts disappearing for no reason while a mysterious force attacks his fellow students, and he must scramble to figure out what’s going on before he becomes its next and final victim.
Book 3: Chewy Noh and the March of Death
Chewy Noh should be happy. He has a best friend like no other, and, by using his secret abilities, has found a way to connect Korea and America forever to keep him. Unfortunately, none of this matters after Death’s messenger comes to tell him that he has one week left to live! Knowing his death is coming soon, Chewy scrambles to figure out a way to avoid death, but every direction he turns seems to lead him further and further away from his goal—a dead body, a missing person, and, at the heart of it, the secret that started that it all. In the end, Death might just come out on top.
(Due out the winter of 2015)
Book 4: Chewy Noh and the Legends of Spring
Book 5: TBA
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How it came about:
I had not planned to write this book.
I enjoy teaching, but teaching on a personal level. If I can’t get to know the students over a long period of time, then I feel it is a waste for both them and me. We need to shape each other.
In this way, I suddenly found I had spare time with one of my long time and favorite students. He already knew how to write well-produced, well-thought arguments for essays and sound book reports. But he had always expressed a desire to write stories. So with this free time, I tried to do something new with him: we’d write together–not in collaboration, but side-by-side (parallel writing, I guess.)
Like any new writer full of ideas, he had no clue what to do. Honestly, neither did I, but I wanted to show him the most important part is to just write. Fixing it would come later. So, to set a good example, I wrote. The only germ of an idea in mind was I wanted to make a Korean superhero, having seen the fanaticism Korean, and, I suspect, all boys have for superheroes of any kind. Mine, however, had to be distinctly Korean.
Having spent years teaching English in Korea, I saw many things unique to the country. One thing that wasn’t was how like many Americans–or any other nationality–we tend to believe our way of life is universal, that our small daily habits are a common shared trait. However, this is not true, but many believe so. For this reason, I took many conversations I’ve had with my students and used them to create the characters in Chewy Noh. Most things in the book are observations to show contrast, not stereotypes–another reason for the series. Although I started out with these reasons in mind, through my research into heavier parts of Korean mythology and history, the aim for the books changed.
To be continued…
Special Thanks to:
All of my students, especially J.J. Byun who helped me through this process and is, sadly, the Chewy to my Clint. My thanks must also include others, like my old students :Sang Ha, Ju Hyun, Steven, In Hwa, Yunnu, Yoo Bin, Yeon Ju, Alice, Claire, Sally; and the young: Sang Eun, Juno, The wonderful little Amy-we miss you-, Alex, Emily, TiTi, Sang Won, Squeakers, Min Young, Han, Willy, Joshua, and many more…
The growing covers of the Chewy Noh series.
1) This was the prototype for the first cover.
2) Here is the final product. I think it represents the characters and themes of the story nicely. The title specifically is rather catchy with its design. Many of my younger readers probably have no clue what it resembles. To buy this book in either print or e-book, click here.
3) this is the cover to the second book. Although it is not released yet, it can be seen in its Kindle scout campaign currently. Click here to view it.
A look at book three’s cover: