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By: L. J. Nilsson

Mangrove Sands, the Enchanted Seaworld and Beyond

Pages: 194 Ratings: 5.0
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This book is a sequel to Mangrove Sands. It aims to inspire and educate children who, either by fate or disability, have difficult starts in life. Each chapter provides a human life lesson including; learning about other cultures, taking responsibility, how to handle bullies, encouraging goals, environmental awareness, friendship, and human qualities.

Based on an island in South East Queensland, Australia, four children who have difficult starts in life are chosen by Parlow the pelican to experience a better life in the Enchanted Sea World. A magical ingot and tunnel is the only way into this magical world beneath mangrove sands where the children are mentored by Dugong tutors and experience many exciting adventures with their talking animal friends.

In this series, the adventures continue when the children learn about a new culture after meeting a 10-year-old Aboriginal girl, Wanjee, who is chosen to join them in the Enchanted Sea World away from her horrid alcoholic foster parents. The children learn of a new language, symbolic art, dreamtime stories and bush medicine.

Amidst playing didgeridoos, throwing boomerangs, flying on swings attached to whistling kites, the children escape bushfires and meet Toddalick, a giant green healing frog who takes the children on the ride of their lives to help stop an environmental disaster.


Mangrove Sands, the Enchanted Seaworld and Beyond is full of enchanting adventures, life lessons and magical moments. It aims to provide hope, inspiration, respect and education of other cultures to children around the globe.

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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  • M. Mulholland

    What a fantastic read for 8-12 years olds. It not only exercises the imagination but provides lessons and understanding of how to handle the various situations in life. A great read.

  • Literary Titan

    Mangrove Sands, The Enchanted Seaworld and Beyond, written by L. J. Nilsson, takes us on a magical adventure in Southeast Queensland, Australia. Following along as Tommy, Maria, Jake, and Wanjee receive tutoring from their Sea World friends during their school year and learn life lessons. Wanjee also teaches Tommy, Maria, and Jake about her aboriginal Muandik language, culture, symbolic art, bedtime stories, and more. The children enjoy learning about Wanjee’s culture, and she enjoys teaching them about her aboriginal roots. The school year goes by quickly, and the children start their transition to the next chapter in their lives.

    Mangrove Sands, The Enchanted Seaworld, and Beyond is the sweetest book I have read in a long time! I love that it is inclusive of Wanjee’s character. Learning about her aboriginal tribe, the Muandik, was an absolute pleasure. Some of the words that were used in her language, such as didgeridoo, were words I had heard before. However, I did not know where they originated from. It was a wonderful surprise!

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