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Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News
Greg Park

OREM — A science fiction fantasy written by a local teacher has won the National Best Books 2007 Award.

Greg Park, who teaches English, Japanese and creative writing at Timpanogos High School in Orem, wrote "Veil of Darkness" in the spring of 2007 and has since published "Cleansing Hunt." The novels are the first in a five-book fantasy adventure series titled "The Earthsoul Prophecies."

The story is about a dying world's struggle for survival that presents a unique look at coming-of-age, magic and divinity.

Park has told the Deseret Morning News he feels it's important to show his students what he is trying to teach them.

Both books are published by Bladestar Publishing and are available from most local bookstores.