WITNEY, Graeme

ISBN 978-0-977577-92-7
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Dragon Dream

Michael and most of the other children living in their small community are somewhat neglected.

A victim of his parents’ physical and emotional abuse, like all children, he has an instinctive need to please, and he tries to do his best to limit the punishment. Because it is the only world he and the other children know, they don’t realise the extent to which they are being mistreated.

Then one particularly dreadful day, his parents’ lack of care leaves Michael and his cousin Julie in mortal danger, only seconds away from death, or perhaps a fate even worse.

Graeme Witney Author

Growing up in small country towns, adventure became a part of almost every day. We often disappeared on weekends at dawn on our push-bikes and returned at sunset. While on these journeys we let our imagination soar and within it encountered many monsters and battled countless foes.

We also understood how lucky we were that after our battles against seemingly impossible odds, we could return safely to our homes. There, our battle wounds of grazed knees and splinters would be tended by our loving parents and siblings. We would find lovely meals waiting for our starving bodies. Then a hot shower, a hug, and off to a warm bed. Resting our bodies for the next day’s adventure and inevitable battle with terrible beasts.

Our adventures with monsters were all happening in our imaginations. However, what we couldn’t imagine was what some other kids were going through. They were confronted with unimaginable trauma every day where just survival would take all their skill and energy. They received deep physical and psychological scars that became impossible to heal. Emotional scars that are reopened daily.

I only realised how these kids had been affected when I became a Foster Carer in 2014. Many children later, I learned to sense the burdens they are carrying that they wouldn’t talk about. Their trauma often surfaced every day. Hopefully, I have shown some of them ways to cope. Ways to override their distress. Provide them with new wonderful memories that they might use to temper some of their distressing pain. 

I can tell you, though, that being a Carer is not for everyone. The children’s trauma can seep in and invade your own thoughts. The transfer is worth it if their burden can be lightened.

McGLAUGHLIN, Steve

ISBN 978-1-922722-67-6
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Robert the Frog

What I have in my heart and soul must find a way out.
That’s the reason for music.

Robert the Frog is a timeless tale about an adventurous young frog who is accidentally swept from his home by a raging river. After a long, dangerous journey he finds himself in a strange new home.

Here he overcomes his fear and sense of loss with the help of a welcoming, friendly farmer, who communicates with him through music.

It is this unexpected connection that gives Robert hope that he will survive in these new surrounds, and that one day he will be able to find his way home.

Steve McGlaughlin Author Photo

About the Author

Though seemingly destined to be an accountant like his grandfather, or a businessman like his father, author Steve B. McGlaughlin instead had the equal shortest prospective career as an accountant in world history. One that reached its practical end the day he limped through the final semester of his Bachelor of Commerce in 1989, but had reached its natural end a term earlier, when he had been sat down by his accounting tutor, and told a simple, but brutal truth, “Steve, you should never be an accountant, you are utterly terrible at it.”

Unshackled from his fate, but having not the slightest clue as to what the alternative career should or might be, Steve did the only thing he could think to do, which was to grow his hair long and travel the world. In retrospect, as though instinctively following Kierkegaard’s maxim that life must be lived forwards but can only be understood backwards, there was clearly some hidden method at work in this meandering adventure.

For it was on it that Steve, quite unexpectedly, found himself busking and living in Prague in the magical, joyful summer the year after the Czech Velvet Revolution. An experience which undoubtedly provided the initial creative spark for his first novel, Robert the Frog, a story which has music and hope at its heart.

Upon returning home, alongside working in market research and as a copywriter, Steve became part of the Australian music and comedy scenes. A career that in summary fittingly sounds like the beginning of a joke: did you hear the one about the guy who wrote years of TV sketch comedy, played guitar in 90s alternative bands, and composed hit songs for Polish, Vietnamese and Korean pop stars?

In 2013, Steve apparently surprised no-one but himself, given his deep interest in Carl Jung and the potential of creativity to act as an agent of healing, undertook a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy degree. It proved a transformative experience, both on a personal level (which is the topic of his short essay: “The Synchronicity of Robert the Frog”), and on a creative one: providing, as it did, the impetus, experiences and content for Robert the Frog.

Similarly, to the works of his literary guides, C. S. Lewis, Richard Adams and Michael Morpurgo, Robert the Frog, can be read on two distinct levels. Its surface tells a thoughtful, wistful, at times funny, all-ages tale of the adventures of four anthropomorphised animals who embark on a journey of great risk to save a beloved friend.

But its undercurrent is a meditation on, or even an ode to, the belief that even the most seemingly intractable grief and loss can be reached and transformed through the subtle but beautiful arts: creativity, music, connection and hope. Or as the Beethoven quote on Robert the Frog’s cover proclaims, and which the book holds as an inspirational truth: “What I have in my heart and soul must find a way out. That’s the reason for music.”

Testimonials

This is a beautifully written, sweet soulful story. Some parts are
laugh out loud, too. There is something harmonious about it,
the characters and the story. The way music is used as both an
expression of joy and a force for healing is really touching and true.

B.H

 

I just want to tell you how much I loved Robert the Frog.
I laughed and cried and was on the edge of my seat! I was
imagining reading it to a classroom of children and seeing the
emotion in their faces. Wonderfully written and a fabulous story
of never giving up.

J.S

 

What a wonderful book you have written. There is so much in it
that is inspiring and encouraging. It reminded me of books I read
as a little girl that also had little animals as the heroes with big
hearts and courage.

H.M

 

I liked the story so very much, it is well-written and I enjoyed the
exciting cliff hangers. I was also picturing how a great animated
film could be made out of the story; any plans? I wish you all the
success with it.

C.K

 

It is a beautifully crafted novel that’s not merely about music, but
is itself musical; the writing flows and pulses with rhythms that
effortlessly carry us on Robert’s strange, deeply moving journey.
I was stilled, marvelling, for some time after finishing it. Like
the greatest fables, we totally identify with the animals and their
journey. Moving and profound.

J.B

 

The book is delightful, well done a thousand times; Robert is such
an endearing character. I only wish I could have it in picture book
form and then I could have it at school in the therapy room.

D.A

 

DIMITRIJEVIC, Nicole

ISBN 978-1-922803-13-9
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Living with Epilepsy

In her memoir Living with Epilepsy she explores the challenges and obstacles she faced because of the disorder, but also the amazing opportunity she was presented with as a child to have ‘pioneering’ surgery which would help to better control the seizures she was experiencing on a daily basis. She also discusses what life is like now for her as an adult, having had the surgery in 1991.

living with epilepsy nicole dimitrijevic author

About the Author

Nicole Dimitrijevic has lived with epilepsy since childhood. This is her first published work.

KNIGHT, Connie – Other Books

ISBN 978-1-922629-34-0
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Trees

This book is about trees; their varieties and what they do for us and the planet. With playful and rhyming words, children will learn all about the fascinating world of trees. For all ages up to 8 years.

ISBN 978-1-922722-16-4
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Water

This book shows how water is used in areas of our life. Illustrated with fun and water colour, children will learn how wonderful and important water is. For all ages up to 8 years.

ISBN 978-1-922629-18-0
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Celebrate

Celebrate is about life. How amazing it is to feel and enjoy all the incredible things our body is able to do! Do you want to celebrate with us? For all ages up to 8 years.

ISBN 978-1-922629-60-9
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Smile

Smile is a book about children noticing all different parts of their body, in an uplifting and positive way. With rhyming words and a lot of fun, you can’t help but smile. All ages up to 8 years old. 
ISBN 978-1-922527-04-2
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Tic Tac and Jackson the Cat

Based on a true story of Tic Tac and Jackson two cats that connect after a life changing experience. Jackson finally learns to accept the new arrival of Tic Tac into their home and family.

Brightly illustrated with rhyming pages, this book will keep children captivated to the end with its lesson of acceptance.

ISBN 978-1-922629-61-6
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Coconut the Cat

This book is based on a true story about a very loved, family cat called Coconut.. He is a ‘rescue cat’ from Melbourne. This story is a take on his energetic, playful nature. The imaginative part of this story has Coconut the Cat riding his bike, collecting Nature’s items to impress his adoring owners. For all ages up to 8 years old.

About the Author

Connie Knight started writing Children’s books 25 years ago when she was a single mum with three very young daughters Olimpia, Candice and Sabrina.

Watching her girls play and listening to their imagination inspired her to write 7 childrens books that the girls loved. Twenty-five years later Connie has started to write again back to creating fun short stories that rhyme and bring joy and learning for children.

KNIGHT, Connie – Socks Series

ISBN 978-1-922722-78-2
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Socks

MY SOCKS is part of the six-book Socks series all about socks.

With easy words that rhyme, full of colours and designs of socks. Children will love this fun playful book full of fabulous socks that will put a smile on any childs face, as they grow and learn to read it themselves. For early learning, kinder, primary prep 1 and 2.

ISBN 978-1-922722-35-5
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My Socks

MY SOCKS is part of the six-book Socks series all about socks.

With easy words that rhyme, full of colours and designs of socks. Children will love this fun playful book full of fabulous socks that will put a smile on any childs face, as they grow and learn to read it themselves. For early learning, kinder, primary prep 1 and 2.

ISBN 978-1-922722-49-2
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More Socks

MORE SOCKS is part of the six-book Socks series all about socks.

With easy words that rhyme, full of colours and designs of socks. Children will love this fun playful book full of fabulous socks that will put a smile on any childs face, as they grow and learn to read it themselves. For early learning, kinder, primary prep 1 and 2.

ISBN 978-1-922722-60-7
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Lots of Socks

LOTS OF SOCKS is part of the six-book Socks series all about socks.

With easy words that rhyme, full of colours and designs of socks. Children will love this fun playful book full of fabulous socks that will put a smile on any childs face, as they grow and learn to read it themselves. For early learning, kinder, primary prep 1 and 2.

ISBN 978-1-922722-61-4
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Lost Socks

LOST SOCKS is part of the six-book Socks series all about socks.

With easy words that rhyme, full of colours and designs of socks. Children will love this fun playful book full of fabulous socks that will put a smile on any childs face, as they grow and learn to read it themselves. For early learning, kinder, primary prep 1 and 2.

ISBN 978-1-922722-59-1
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Extra Socks

EXTRA SOCKS is part of the six-book Socks series all about socks.

With easy words that rhyme, full of colours and designs of socks. Children will love this fun playful book full of fabulous socks that will put a smile on any childs face, as they grow and learn to read it themselves. For early learning, kinder, primary prep 1 and 2.

About the Author

Connie Knight started writing Children’s books 25 years ago when she was a single mum with three very young daughters Olimpia, Candice and Sabrina.

Watching her girls play and listening to their imagination inspired her to write 7 childrens books that the girls loved. Twenty-five years later Connie has started to write again back to creating fun short stories that rhyme and bring joy and learning for children.