We of the Between, a book review

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Title: We of the Between
by: Martii Maclean
Publisher: Kooky Cat Books

The world is changed, poisoned. The seas have warmed and risen to flood the land. Trin is part of a team that defy the stormy seas at the new coastline to help heal the oceans. But now Trin is hearing voices from the stormy sea. Is she sick or crazy?

Rilla has lived hidden deep in the ocean all her life. Challenging her father’s rulings, she will take the catalyst to transform and ascend, leaving the world of the Abrax forever so she can help the walkers heal Mother Ocean. When two strangers arrive on the high tide, Trin and Rilla’s lives will change forever. Their fates will be intertwined in the place between two worlds.

We of the Between is a fascinating and thought-provoking story with multiple gripping layers:

The Above 
The Below 
The Between 
The Walkers 
Double-tailed Mermaids and Mermen 
The Warming 
The Choosing Ceremony 
The Hall of Colours 
The Terrifying Deep 

It’s a stunning book that will whisk you away into an imagined world, where author, Martii Maclean, cleverly paints pictures in your mind of The Above and The Below.

The Above is on the earth—land. The Warming has taken place with dire consequences and the Walkers are trying to heal Mother Ocean. But one walker is different. Trin. Fish talk to her, and she communicates with them. She first hears the fish as a frittering, musical jangle as they signal to each other. The signals were mostly emotional: curiosity, hunger, joy, fear, all smashing together.

The Below is in an underwater kingdom, at the City Cavern of Lemuria, where there is a glowing Hall of Colours. The Below is filled with double-tailed mermaids and mermen. They communicate by neumes (mind communication). There we meet Rilla. She wonders what it would be like to walk; to have legs instead of two tails.

Rilla has a life changing decision to make at the Choosing Ceremony – to become a Walker forever in The Above, or to stay with her family in The Below.

We of the Between is an intriguing tale that will have you captured. Martii’s words flow like a melody, singing gently, compellingly, pushing you up to the Above, and pulling you down to the Below. You will be completely immersed in the story.

If you had a Choosing Ceremony, what would you choose to do? Would you be a Walker on The Above, or a Mermaid or Merman of The Below?

Purchase a copy:  http://www.martiimaclean.com/shop/ or online bookstores

Title: We of the Between
by: Martii Maclean
Publisher: Kooky Cat Books
ISBN: 978-0994540843
Category: sci-fi/fantasy
Pages: 288

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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Heaven Forbid You Have “Bicycle Face”!

There’s a lovely vintage Schwinn bicycle sitting outside Flowers for Fleur in my soon to be released novel. I know, because I placed it there.

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And then I researched bicycles in the 1950s, and delved further into the history of women’s bikes, only to discover the enormous battle women fought to ride a bicycle. 

The first bicycles, invented in the early 1890s (known as velocipedes), were for men only, of course. But that didn’t stop women. By riding them, they discovered a new type of freedom, instead of being accompanied by a male everywhere they went, either by foot, horse or carriage.

However, it was known at the time that some men opposed women riding bicycles for different reasons, some being:

• Riding astride a bike was unfeminine
• The bicycle was thought of as a sexual threat – purely because it was believed that if women went around straddling something, they would start having orgasms all over the place!
• It was believed the bicycle would rattle women’s innards and leave them vulnerable to everything from tuberculosis to gout.
• There was also that troublesome “bicycle face”, the expression of concentration that would hinder them from looking beautiful
• Not to forget that they could become bowlegged from too much pedalling.
• there were a group of people who thought bicycles were “of the devil”. They would impede any woman on a bicycle

But then, it is reported, some men changed their tune and appeared in favour of women riding bicycles based on the shapeliness of the legs and ankles of the female cyclists!

And along came advertising for women’s bicycles…

Who is this advertising aimed at? Sex sells, right?

And what of the men in bicycle advertising?

No comment.

I was a very active child, which continued well into my twenties. But my most favourite thing in the world to do was to ride my bike (when I wasn’t playing sport). My mum and dad bought me a green Malvern Star Dragster for my 8th birthday, onto which I would peg a flap of cardboard onto the frame, touching the spokes, so it sounded like a Volkswagen when I rode. In my teenage years, I bought myself a men’s ten speed racer, AKA The black beast. I rode it to university for 3 years, up and down the hills, and peddled hard up the very long, steep incline to the campus. Coming home was a dream as I coasted the down long incline, only to peddle hard again to conquer the waves of hills.

There’s no disputing that the bicycle is the most efficient machine on earth! I am forever thankful to French nobleman Comte de Sivrac, who built the first bicycle, called the Velocipede, in 1791 . It had two wheels, a saddle and was foot powered. Another bicycle was invented in 1817 in Germany by Baron Von Drais. This one was made of wood and had a steerable front wheel without a pedal.

When I am no longer able to drive a car, this will be me…

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Julieann Wallace is a published author and illustrator, continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words that can create change to reach out to others. She is a self-confessed tea ninja, has a quirky cat named Claude Monet, and has a passion for music, art and sport. She lives Queensland, Australia, and has discovered she is unable to type with chocolate in her hand.

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March 28th is set for the release date of my new novel under the pen name of Amelia Grace.

 

In case you were wondering…

Three Women who Changed the Course of History On Bicycles

The Feminist History Of Bicycles

Women on Wheels: The Bicycle and the Women’s Movement of the 1890s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse, book review

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Title: Parmesan, the Reluctant Racehorse
by: Jacqui Halpin
illustrated by: John Phillips
Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books

Parmesan, the racehorse, thinks he’s a dog. Instead of training with other horses, he’s off with his doggy friends, playing doggy games. Will he be ready to run like a racehorse in the Spring Carnival? A humorous light-hearted tale that celebrates the joy of being yourself and running your own race.

Parmesan is the type of horse every child would like to own. He’s adorable, endearing and interactive, like a dog. In fact, he thinks he’s a dog!

Children will love this light-hearted story about a horse who doesn’t fit into the expected mould of his racehorse family.

Author, Jacqui Halpin, has woven a wonderful tale with some repetition throughout the story that will have children happily joining in with the reading, and sharpening their skill of prediction, which is vitally important for children learning to read between 3-7 years of age.

The illustrator, John Phillips, has beautifully portrayed the character of Parmesan with heart, connecting the reader on a deeper level through humour, adding that lovely extra dimension that illustrators give to picture books.

Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse, isn’t just a feel-good story. It’s also about thinking outside of the box to solve a problem. Jacqui Halpin has succeeded not only in telling an enjoyable story, but also in creating an entertaining story where I can imagine the giggles of children as they sit and listen in shared story time, or where they use the book as an independent reader.

I look forward to Jacqui’s second picture book, “Where’s Lucky?” to be released in 2019, by Little Pink Dog Books.

Purchase a copy: https://littlepinkdogbooks.com/our-publication-list/parmesan-the-reluctant-racehorse/

Title: Parmesan, the Reluctant Racehorse
by: Jacqui Halpin
illustrated by: John Phillips
Publisher:  Little Pink Dog Books
ISBN: 978-0-9946269-2-9
Category: children 3-7 years
Pages: 32

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Nevermoor – the Trials of Morrigan Crow, a book review

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Title: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow
by: Jessica Townsend
Publisher: A Lothian Children’s Book by Hatchette Australia

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and worst of all, the curse mean that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away to a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to pass four difficult and dangerous trials – or she’ll have to leave the city and confront her deadly fate.

Nevermoor has me celebrating for children, everywhere!
Firstly because of two words:

Step Boldly . . .

These two words speak loudly, and are a call to courage. They are two words that will stay with you for all the right reasons.

And secondly, because author, Jessica Townsend, has a “knack” with words and characters and world building.

Jessica took me on a visual and literary journey of delight with magic, wonder, fantasy and suspense. She had me turning the pages of Nevermoor, the Trials of Morrigan Crow with impatience, as she led me deeper into the town of Jackalfax, and then the magical city of Nevermoor.

Nevermoor begins with the prologue titled ‘Spring of One’, and we learn of the death of Morrigan Crow. When we turn to Chapter One – ‘Winter of Eleven’, we are taken back in time – three days earlier in fact. There, we meet the most feared child in Jackalfax, Morrigan Crow, destined to die on the night of Eventide. And this is where we make our strong emotional connection to her.

There is a lot at stake for Morrigan Crow. In fact, everything is at stake – her life.

As the brilliant story continues, we meet a unique character named Jupiter North. He takes Morrigan away from Jackalfax and into the safety of Nevermoor. But she can’t stay there, unless, she enters the Wundrous Society, but this can only be achieved by passing the four trials:

The Book Trial
The Chase Trial
The Fright Trial 
The Show Trial.

Meanwhile, a dark presence is watching, and waiting, for an opportunity. And  Morrigan Crow is in his sights…

Nevermoor – the Trials of Morrigan Crow, is filled with many A-HA! moments while you read, as pieces of the puzzle connect, leaving you feeling a sense of awe and wunder. It’s a magnificently clever, incredibly magical and beautifully heartwarming story that you will want “more” of.

Thankfully to Jessica Townsend, Morrigan’s next Wundrous Adventure is coming in 2018.

Purchase a copy: https://www.hachette.com.au/jessica-townsend/nevermoor-the-trials-of-morrigan-crow

Title: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow
by: Jessica Townsend
Publisher: A Lothian Children’s Book by Hatchette Australia
ISBN: 9780734418074 (paperback)
Category: primary school age
Pages: 448

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