About the Authors
About the Authors
Through the voices of Annabelle and Angus, discover what almost happened to wildlife on the Kansas prairie. When Larry receives a letter that says he must destroy the prairie dogs on his land, he and some of his neighbors join together to make certain that all wildlife remain unharmed. Not only were black-tailed prairie dogs at risk of destruction but the already-endangered black-footed ferrets were at risk of becoming extinct.
In Larry Saves the Prairie, with the help of Annabelle and Angus, you’ll discover what it means to be a true hero, and most especially, what it took to save prairie wildlife in Kansas.
Tell us about this story.
This is a story of bravery. A story of one man who stood up for what he felt was right and prevailed. He did it all legally, ethically and morally too. It is also a story of our nation’s natural heritage – wildlife – and what we as a society need to do to change our attitudes about it and treasure it for the precious gift it is.
What living person do you most admire?
The living person I most admire is Pope Francis. I admire him not just because he is arguably the most well-known person on the planet, but because he uses his notoriety to bring attention to the poor, the downtrodden, the abused and the marginalized. This includes the earth itself and all of the non-human creatures that dwell thereon.
What is your most prized possession?
My most prized possession is my health. Although I am getting older and am beginning to feel the aches and pains of the aging process, after surviving cancer for three and a half years, I am very aware of my fragile human mortality and I recognize that I am truly living on borrowed time. Therefore, I am in a constant state of gratitude, prayer, positive thinking and expectation for assistance to lead a good life, however much longer that may be.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Musical ability. I would most like to be able to sing and play the guitar and piano masterfully. I am an average drummer, but I do not read music and am pretty much tone deaf.
Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?
Dirty Harry Callahan.
Who’s the favorite character that you created?
Actually, there are two, Angus and Annabelle, the black-tailed prairie dogs who tell the story of Larry Haverfield and the prairie ecosystem in the book.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
Being content with who you are, where you are and what you are doing.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be more outwardly joyful, positive and gregarious.
The Blue Dragon
by Yiola Damianou-Papadopoulou
GENRE: YA/ Middle Grade Fiction
The Blue Dragon describes the terror of the catastrophic tsunami that hit Sri Lanka in December 2004. The novel focuses on a group of children—Hanseni, and her siblings Awade and Manori, and their friend Nishian—their individual experiences, and how they managed to pull through this horrendous event.
Overcoming their fears the children struggle against the forces of nature, fighting against the odds to save themselves and their friends. Their stories portray courage and hope, and demonstrate the inner strength and determination that exists in the human spirit when faced with an unforgiving natural disaster. This emotive and heartfelt story shows how even, in the most terrifying of circumstances, the will to live triumphs.
Chapter 1: “Mangona Village, Southern Sri Lanka
“I’ll go there too someday,” Hanseni murmured to herself, as she played with the pure white pebbles at the sea’s edge. She always picked this spot to play as she could look across to the other side. The house with the red windows high up on the hill occupied her thoughts. Schools in Sri Lanka were closed for the Christmas holidays, but the tutorial center never closed. The house on the hill was a school for foreign languages. Earlier that day she had seen the children making their way uphill. If only she could go too. In her mind, foreign languages were a passport: she could fly away, travel, see the world… Her eyes plunged into the azure sea and set sail for unknown lands.
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Yiola Damianou-Papadopoulou was born in Nicosia and spent her childhood in the Congo and Nigeria. She studied Journalism in Athens and has worked with a number of radio stations, magazines and newspapers in Cyprus. She has published short stories for adults as well as novels. She has also written children’s and young adult fiction.
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