Book: The Heath Cousins and the Kingsgate Bridge - Book 2 in the Heath Cousins Series by Eileen Hobbscategories: Book, Fantasy, Cousins, Family, Magical Stones, Children's Book, Chapter Book, England, Working Together, Helping Each Other, Christmas Time, Children's Adventure Story
Eileen Hobbsabout this book: In Book 2, Addie B. is waiting for her cousins Jack, Beanie and Bodie to arrive to her small town of Farnley, England outside of London. It is nearly Christmas and Addie has just received a letter from a girl from China named Mai Li who claims that Gemma, from the Garden of Choice, needs their help and urges them to return to that magical place, this time via the gateway in nearby Kingsgate Bridge.
Farnley is a fictional town but it is based on research I did on a town right outside of London. I also write about a fictional castle nearby and it is also based on some research I did on castles in England. In my books, I wanted Addie B. to live in England because I wanted to have every other book based out of England, mainly because I am a huge Anglophile and have traveled there several times and I love books, like The Chronicles of Narnia, that are set in England. Not everyone has the chance to travel, so if you can set your book in another country, it allows kids to learn about other places as well. I also introduce Mai Li, a girl from China who goes on to play a major role in the next two books. I like introducing other cultures into my books as well. I grew up in Asia and so this reflects a bit of my background.
I knew I wanted a bridge on the cover of my book. The name Kingsgate comes from Kingsgate Elementary school here in Moore, OK. They were the first school to ever invite me for an authors visit and I thought the name was perfect.
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