Hot off the trail of their adventure involving a Group of Seven sketch, sibling team Rick and Willow Forster are back hunting for clues in the second Adventure. Net book. This time, they travel to the interior of British Columbia along with their film-maker parents. They hear strange stories about a silver boulder as big as a truck, a mysterious young woman, a suspicious miner, and a ghost town. Just like the first book in the series, The Lost Sketch, The Silver Boulder combines a strong fictional story with non-fiction sidebars. Included in the sidebars are interesting information and web site addresses relevant to topics explored in each chapter. To enhance the educational nature of these books, a teacher¬ís guide has been developed for each title. Readers of The Silver Boulder are invited to write to the Spaldings. They will receive a personal reply on a postcard that is the first in a collectable series. Andrea and David Spalding have published numerous children¬ís and nature books. Their love of animals and a longing for wide-open space brought them to Canada from England in 1967. The Spaldings have three adult daughters and six grandchildren. They live on Pender Island, B.C.
About the author
Andrea Spalding is a prolific writer for children.
Born in the industrial city of Manchester England, she trained as a teacher. Then, with husband David, Andrea immigrated to Canada in 1967. After living in Alberta for 24 years, Andrea and David relocated to British Columbia and live on Pender Island, one of Canada's Southern Gulf Islands.
Canadian life proved to be rich and varied. Curiosity about her chosen country compelled Andrea to listen to other Canadian immigrants who shared tales that later became her folktale book, A World of Stories.
A love of the outdoors prompted her and David to take their family and travel quintessential Canada. They've skated on frozen lakes, worked on dinosaur digs, and panned for Yukon gold. Andrea has whale-watched on both coasts, enjoyed vineyards and theatre festivals on the Niagara Peninsula, and tapped her feet in Toronto jazz clubs. A highlight West Coast experience was assisting in the carving an Aboriginal Honour Pole with Tsimshian master carver Victor Reece. These experiences provided background for her stories.
Andrea's first children's book, The Most Beautiful Kite In The World, was selected as a Canadian Children's Book Center's "Our Choice." She has garnered awards and nominations ever since. Her fantasy novels - The Summer of Magic Quartet - are avidly read by both children and adults. Her picturebook, Secret of the Dance, is her 30th. Written with Aboriginal Elder Alfred Scow, it has gained accolades from both the aboriginal and white communities.
Andrea gives school presentations across the country, and also teaches writing workshops, and in-service presentations to teachers, librarians, and any one interested in her passion for Children's Literature.
Visit Andrea's website at www.andreaspalding.com.
Other titles by Andrea Spalding
Secret of the Dance Read-Along
Seal Song Read-Along
Andrea Spalding 2-Book Bundle
Finders Keepers / An Island of My Own
Flavours of the Southern Gulf Islands
Finders Keepers Teachers' Guide
Dundurn Teachers' Guide