Two children from different families, are forced to live together when their parents marry. They do not like each other, but the outer space adventure they share on a holiday on Manitoulin Island changes that. A flying saucer lands on the shores of Lake Mindemoya, and they are invited aboard. They can’t wait to return to school to tell their classmates about their adventure.
Manitoulin, a triangular-shaped island in the Great Lakes, is a place where magic can happen. Two children from different families, Caleb Larkin and Katie Lambert, are forced to live together when their parents marry. They do not like each other, but the outer space adventure they share on a holiday on the Island changes that. A flying saucer lands on the shores of Lake Mindemoya, and they are invited aboard. They can’t wait to return to school in the Fall to tell their classmates the tale of Terra Turquoise.
When a spaceship appeared over Manitoulin Island, Caleb Larkin and his step-sister Katie Lambert were the only two humans who saw it land. This magical event happened because Caleb dared Katie to leave their cottage and spend the night in a pup tent on the shores of Lake Mindemoya. He slipped out in the middle of the night in order to frighten her. Both of them were astonished to see a rainbow-coloured flying saucer hovering above them. When it landed, a strange figure approached, offering to take them for a ride. They’re too frightened to go. The weird creature tells them they’re welcome to change their minds. If they do, they should return to this spot when the moon is full. After thinking it over for a few days, they decided to be brave. A great surprise awaited them on Terra Turquoise.
About the Author and Illustrator:
Norma West Linder was born in Toronto, spent her childhood on Manitoulin Island, and teenage years in Muskoka. She is a member of The Writers'Union of Canada, The Ontario Poetry Society, WITS (Writers International Through Sarnia)and Past President of the Sarnia Branch of the Canadian Authors Assoc. Linder is the author of 5 novels, 12 collec-tions of poetry, a memoir of Manitoulin Island, a children's book, and a biography of Pauline McGibbon. For 24 years she was on the faculty of Lambton College in Sarnia, teaching English and Creative Writing. For 7 years she wrote a monthly column for the Sarnia Observer. He short stories have been published internationally and broadcast on the CBC. Her poetry has been published in Fiddlehead, White Wall Review, Room of One's Own, Quills, Toward the Light, Prairie Journal, FreeFall Magazine, Mobius, and other periodicals. In 2006 she compiled and edited Enchanted Crossroads for The Ontario Poetry Society. Her latest publications are collections of poems entitled When Angels Weep, Lovely as a Tree, and Adder's Tongues. A collection of her short stories was released in August of 2013, entitled No Common Thread, published by Hidden Brook Press. In 2014, Two Paths Through the Seasons, a poetry book featuring Linder and James Deahl was published in Israel. Linder has two daughters and a son.
Afsheadeh Abbasnezhad was born in Tehran, Iran, immigrated to Toronto, Ontario in 2005. The following year Afsheadeh moved to Calgary, Alberta where she currently resides. She loved drawing and painting since early childhood. Art making was a hobby when she was young and this passion shifted to fine arts while completing her Masters in Architecture. Afsheadeh actively participated in group exhibitions in both Iran and Toronto, Canada, In 2006 Arta Gallery in Toronto featured her works in a group exhibition
This wonderfully imaginative story, so delightfully illustrated in pastels, incorporates many beautiful details and memories, both fact and fiction, to take the young reader on a trip of a lifetime. The author cleverly weaves her own lifelong memories, of a childhood spent on Manitoulin, with this freshwater island’s colourful scenery, geography and First Nations language. Overcoming the blending of their two families, peer pressure, and bullying, Katie and Caleb finally enjoy an adventure full of holiday magic that is beyond their wildest dreams.
Photographer & Musician
Norma West Linder has written a tale imbued with the historic magic of Manitoulin, a place alive from the ancient of days with spirit power. A perfect setting for adventure and self-discovery. Complex issues of modern families are solved with surprise and love, even the bullying too many encounter has a rewarding and fun solution. These issues unfold for young readers in a totally acceptable and insightful fashion, just the answers children expect to vision honestly. A directness Norma West Linder has mastered. There is humour lighting spirit-growth in every section. The illustrations are charmingly endearing, capturing the essence of each adventure. The Pastel Planet has all the ingredients of a satisfying, lasting story: underlying worries many children find hard to express, pleasing solutions, marvellous adventure, magic and mystery to keep the reader entranced until the last words, lessons treasured. Love, laughter and satisfying conclusions, all we yearn for. A delightful book.
Katherine L. Gordon
Poet, Publisher, Literary Judge and Reviewer