Shirley Burgess Gift Pack

Shirley Burgess Gift Pack

Shirley Burgess

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1. It's a Long Way to Aunty May: The Story of an Epic Journey  

** Silver Medal: Popular Literature Fiction - 2018 Global Ebook Awards **

It's a Long Way to Aunty May is the story of three siblings: Matt, fifteen years of age, Nettie, twelve and Toby, nearly ten. The story opens when they're given the news that their parents have been killed in a car accident; they are now orphaned and at the mercy of the courts. 

Facing the prospect of being split up and placed into foster homes, the children’s luck appears to change when they find some foster parents who own a country farm with all sorts of animals. The children are relieved they can stay together and a farm in Victoria sounds like fun. But as far as their new foster parents are concerned, the children are there to work, not play.

After many months of physical and mental abuse, Matt, Nettie and Toby decide to escape and make their way to their only relative, Aunty May, in New South Wales. But it’s a long way to Aunty May – 1200 kilometres in fact! Nevertheless, with little money and plenty of courage, instead of cycling to school one morning they begin the long journey towards potential freedom – and the next stage of their lives.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 288

Internal pages: B&W

Binding: Paperback 

2. Stories of Adventure and Misadventure      

Stories of Adventure and Misadventure is a collection of diverse narratives telling of unexpected perils that families or individuals have to deal with, such as: sheltering from a bushfire, a murder mystery that a postman discovers on his rounds, someone thrown into an unexpected divorce, brave rescues from dogs and a hazardous escape from high up in the north tower after the plane had struck it in 9/11. In this tale, our protagonist is blind!

There are several stories where the heroes are man’s best friend. Dogs have won this term by giving us unstinting love, their only reward being a pat or perhaps best of all, a boisterous play with them. In other words, to show some love back, and yet they are capable of saving our lives. How’s that for a friend? As Josh Billings put it, ‘A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than himself.’

Among the stories is an account showing how Sir Nicholas Winton rescued over six hundred children in Czechoslovakia before the advance of the cruel Nazi regime, told through the eyes of two fictitious children’s characters.

All the stories are designed to be full of action from the first sentence to the last. These sixteen are taken from a collection of 89 stories by the author when she was in her mid-eighties and she enjoyed writing them very much.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 122

Internal pages: B&W 

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