Remember the Whales tells the story of two young moles, Horace and Titch, who make a stand against overwhelming odds to stop a new road being built across a beautiful farm (and the vegetable garden under which they live). In the process, they meetMoreRemember the Whales tells the story of two young moles, Horace and Titch, who make a stand against overwhelming odds to stop a new road being built across a beautiful farm (and the vegetable garden under which they live). In the process, they meet and cooperate with Ivan, son of the farm owner, and Abby, daughter of the road construction engineer.
It is a story of courage and determination, of young love, of sacrifice for things more precious than self.Like The Wind in the Willows, this remarkable book can be read and enjoyed by both children and adults alike. A moving and uplifting story, whimsical in tone but, underneath, it carries powerful messages that should be read and understood by all people, young and old: that it is right to stand up for what you believe, even if the odds are overwhelmingly against you- that we need to care for this precious world of ours and not continue riding rough-shod over the lives of creatures less powerful than we are - just because we can.
Uplifting and inspirational messages that leave one feeling good about the world and inspired to go out and do great things! It quite rightly won the Volkskas Prize for Youth Literature shortly after it was published.“Orignial and captivating – a gem for all seasons and for all ages…”“…a book that stays with you long after you have read it.”Why is it called Remember the Whales when it is a book about moles?
Aah, that is the most precious and touching thing about this wonderful story of courage and self-sacrifice…About the AuthorLawrence Bransby has taught English to both high and primary school children throughout his life, often taking his personal experience of working with young children and teenagers as the starting point of his novels – especially during the break-up of the hated Apartheid regime in South Africa when the all-white school he taught at became multi-racial.Of the eight teenage novels he has written, four have won literary prizes and one short-listed.
Twice his novels were chosen by Book Chat as South African Children’s Books of the Year (Homeward Bound and A Mountaintop Experience). Down Street, his first teenage novel, won the prestigious MER Prize for Youth Literature and The Boy who Counted to a Million won the seldom-awarded Percy Fitzpatrick Literary Prize. Bransby’s writing includes novels for both teenagers and adults as well as travel diaries, begun when, in 1997, he crossed Africa with his 17-year-old son on old XT500 motorcycles. His diary of this amazing journey is published as Trans-Africa by motorcycle – A Father’s Diary.
Since then, he has travelled by motorcycle to Russia three times (Venture into Russia), Albania (Albania by Motorcycle) and driven across part of the Western Sahara in an old Ford Fiesta (Plymouth-Dakar/Banjul Old Bangers Challenge).He now lives in Paignton, Devon, and keeps himself fit kayaking, cycling and, whenever possible, travelling on his motorcycle to remote places.e-Book formatting by The Web Agency (www.web-agency.com)