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Jungle Islands

My South Sea Adventure

by Maria Coffey & Debora Pearson, photographs by Dag Goering

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list price: $14.95
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published: Sep 2000
ISBN:9781550375961
publisher: Annick Press
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An adventure by kayak through the Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean and the third book in Annick Press' award-winning Adventure Travel series.

The Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Ocean are full of sharks, malaria, giant centipedes and crocodiles, and are also the home to lush jungle, beautiful cockatoos, waist-high orchids, and tropical butterflies.

Maria Coffey and husband Dag love to kayak. Their adventure begins in Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands, where Maria and Dag first encounter Pidgin English and men with mouths stained red from chewing betel nuts and lime. They snorkel incredible reefs alive with the rich blues, greens and reds of hundreds of fish, coral and clamshells -- and the odd lagoon shark! During their travels, they visit Skull Island, which houses the heads of dead chiefs; they learn to cook traditional food like taro and cassava roots; they witness the incredible, huge leatherback turtles burying their eggs in the sand and making decoy nest holes to fool the local monitor lizards. They even get lost among small, remote, uncharted islands. Yet everywhere Maria and Dag go, the locals welcome them with generosity and kindness.

Ever wonder about giant fruit bats, what a bathroom in the jungle looks like or what are the top ten uses for coconuts? Sidebars recount fascinating cultural facts and information from around the Islands. Maps are dispersed throughout the text with spectacular photography, enabling the reader to follow the kayak along its journey. An index is included for easy reference.

 

About the Authors

Maria Coffey is originally from England, and now lives on a small island in British Columbia. She and her husband Dag Goering spend part of each year in Ireland, where Dag practises as a large animal veterinarian. They also work as professional sea-kayaking and trekking guides, leading trips in Vietnam, the Solomon Islands, Ireland and Canada. Coffey is the author of a number of internationally published books, including A Boat in Our Baggage, Three Moons in Vietnam, Sailing Back in Time and two books for children, A Cat in a Kayak and A Seal in the Family. Her work has also appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Outdoors Illustrated, Action Asia and Sea Kayaker Magazine. For more information about Maria, please visit her website at www.hiddenplaces.net

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Dag Goering and his partner Maria Coffey are a married writer/photographer team whose home base is on Protection Island, near Nanaimo, BC. They also work as professional sea kayaking guides, leading trips in Vietnam, Greece, Turkey and Panama. They spend part of each year in Ireland, where Dag practises as a large-animal veterinarian. They have recorded their shared adventures in three books: A Boat in Our Baggage, Three Moons in Vietnam and Sailing Back in Time. Their work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Action Asia Magazine, Outdoors Illustrated and Sea Kayaker Magazine.

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Deborah Pearson, a former children's librarian for the Toronto Public Library, is an award-winning author and editor. She lives in Toronto.
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Contributor Notes

Maria Coffey and Dag Goering are a husband-and-wife team who have traveled the world together, Maria writing about their adventures and Dag photographing them. Maria is the author of the popular Annick titles A Seal in the Family and A Cat in a Kayak.

Debora Pearson is the author of the Mighty Wheels series. She co-authored the first two books in Annick's Adventure Travel series: 52 Days by Camel: My Sahara Adventure (1998) and By Truck to the North (1998). She was also the editor of the acclaimed The TV Book (1996). Debora lives in Toronto.

 

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A most interesting read! Highly Recommended.

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