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By: L. J. Nilsson

Mangrove Sands

Pages: 106 Ratings: 5.0
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This book sets out to inspire and educate children, who, for one reason or another, have difficult starts in life either by fate or disability. Each chapter provides a human lesson and human qualities through adventure, including empathy, bravery, honour, friendship and resilience in the face of adversity.

Based on an island in Southeast Queensland, Australia, four children, who attend the same island state school, are all miserable at home and school until Parlow, the pelican, comes knocking on Tommy’s window one night to offer him a better life. Tommy thinks he is dreaming as do his friends – Maria, Dino and Jake – who all have an out of body experience and are taken to an enchanted underwater sea world beneath Mangrove Sands, where they meet talking animals who have their own language and become the children’s tutors, mentors and friends.

Through an enchanting underwater sea world of magic, adventure and humour, Mangrove Sands aims to provide hope and inspiration to children around the globe facing adversity.

Born in 1962, Melbourne, Victoria, the author has lived on a small island in South East Queensland, Australia, since 2007. She lived and worked in Sweden for five years and graduated from Utah, USA. A qualified counsellor and life coach, the author worked with young school students from diverse backgrounds and specialised conditions. Her own life struggles with epilepsy, anxiety, and PTSD led to many challenges and many achievements, including learning Swedish fluently, competing in a five-day car rally, winning a university scholarship, developing a mental health app, raising two sons, working for charity and with children for the past 25 years. Illustrator, Sallie-Anne Swift, is an Australian artist living in Long Beach, California and sister of the author. A creative collaboration of two sisters.
Customer Reviews
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  • Kids Won’t Want to Put This Book Down

    Beautiful fantasy the teaches the importance of friendship, courage, acceptance and belonging. Children will b engrossed in this exciting book.

  • Maja

    We loved it. My daughter was always excited at storytime, eager for the next chapter!

    When we finished the book, she directly said:
    “When my little brother is older I will read this for him.” :)

    The part when the dugongs and the kids bury the word “can’t” is excellent.

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