I am thrilled that my latest book for young readers has had its final proof completed. Though Samantha( Sam) and Melody travel through cyberspace, in a way this is an old fashioned fantasy in that it contains a horrid witch, a clever magician, a magic Good-Luck Conch, and some strange lands where the laws of physics can be overturned.
In case dear reader, I have made you curious, this is what it’s about:
“Sam and her single mother Kate live in the rear of the Conch Café, close to Sam’s best friend Melody and her dog, Billy. The building is owned by greedy witch Hecate Badminton who will do anything to own the café’s Good-Luck-Conch. After Hecate steals the shell and the café burns down, the girls have a series of remarkable adventures inside ‘eSide’. Because digital graphics create unique scenarios, the girls travel to dangerous places and overcome some of their worst fears before they can recover their conch and go home.”
Though I am mostly known for my historical fiction, this book is dear to my heart as it contains messages about not allowing oneself to be bullied and how tyrants can be overcome. My other enjoyment is that I was able in so few pages to say all this without overpowering the reader with too many words. I call it the ‘pinch test’ as I am becoming tired of books that win prizes but in my opinion need pruning.
If anyone would like to buy ‘eSide’, please contact www.fivesenses.com.au
or any bookstore that features books for middle school kids.