Book: Beyond The Pond by Jennie Samuelcategories: Book, Fiction-Fantasy, Animal Characters, Family Story, Adventure for Kids, Christian Children's Book
Jennie Samuelabout this book: Beyond The Pond takes the young reader on a journey back in time from the Indian Legend of the Cedar, to the averted tragedy that changed Cathryn Price's life forever. Today, great granddaughter, Linda, and her nine year old son, Brady, live in Cathryn's old Victorian home. Brady struggles with changes in his life and finds bringing back the old pond helps to distract him from his own real life tragedies. What he doesn't know is that the pond is in danger due to a Texas drought and night prowlers looking for fish dinners. The answer is for Olivia, a new fish in the pond, to take her own journey in search of a hidden spring and its inhabitants there, to save the legendary Cedar.
I was inspired to write this book by my own backyard pond, the variety of visitors it gets, and the dying tree next door that no longer provided protection. My primary readers are 4th grade to adult. It took me five years to write the story due to having a full time job as a private investigator writing insurance claim reports. So, I've taken a frog leap from fact to fiction/fantasy in this story. I came up with the title because the story takes the reader from the home of humans, to the home of the characters in the pond and beyond the pond to a hidden spring several miles away.
I wanted a cover to intrigue the potential young reader and have them wonder what they were looking at, but added a touch of whimsy with the spider and web (a character in the story).
The hardest part of writing the book was keeping the timeline and years/ages of characters correct. I cover three generations of family history past, to three years of family history present. I did alot of research on American history for the background,to learning about aquifers, nature, and Biblical research regarding God's use of water since The Beginning.
I learned that it is not just enough to write a wholesome story for kids, but to give God the glory for the ability he gave me to write. Therefore, the gospel message is presented several times between the most unlikely characters. I would say to my readers that I hoped they enjoyed the story, and then give the book away to someone who may not know God as Creator or Jesus Christ as Savior. This is the best compliment I could receive.
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