"A New Book By Biemiller"
From The Daily Register (NJ), Friday January 3, 1969, by Florence Bruder.
MONMOUTH BEACH--Carl L. Biemiler's mailbox will soon be full of mail from young boys--and he will answer every letter.
Mr. Biemiller has just published his sixth chilren's book, "The Albino Blue," for boys from seventh to ninth grades.
"In the past, I've gotten mail from all over the world," commented the rugged-looking author. "I think teachers make it a class assignment sometimes, but they're all worth answering."
The point of "The Albino Blue," he said, is strictly local: a focus on the Rumson-Sea Bright-Monmouth Beach area, with an accent on the Marine Labs at Sandy Hook and the American Littoral Society.
Asked about his interest in things oceanographic, Mr. Biemiller recalled that he had done a series for The Daily Register, as a special reporter "and maybe my curiosity was piqued then."
The book is a story of 14-year-old Kent Palmer and his relationship with his father and others who help him bridge the gap between boyhood and manhood. It is also filled with good nature lore and sound marine biology.
The father of four grown sons, the author is probably on solid ground as he describes the youngster's development.
An executive editor and a founder of Holiday magazine, Mr. Biemiller turned his pen to children's works in 1953 with his initial effort, "The Magic Ball From Mars," a science-fiction piece now in its seventh printing.
He calls such writing a "discipline," indicating that clarity and clearness of prose are mandatory. "It's like a sculptor," he added. "It's got to be right the first time."
Presently an account executive with the New York Public relations firm of Bell and Stanton, Mr. Biemiller is going to Indonesia next month.
Who knows...out of that trip may come another exciting adventure for the young reader.
Meanwhile, he is completing an additional science-fiction work, dealing with the world after all the bombs have fallen and people must live underground and get their food from the only source left, the sea.
One thing is sure--he will not write any more books for adults. "I tried that twice--apparently they weren't suggestive enough," he said.
"The Albino Blue" suggests in true terms a boy's experience with the sea and the world, and exemplifies the author's stated determination not to "write down, but to make the kids come up."
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