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This is the second post from the archives of children’s author Annabelle Franklin who lives in a lovely part of South Wales. She blogs from the Literate Lurcher.. or perhaps I should say Pearl and Millie do…sadly Millie has now passed on over the rainbow bridge, but as you will see she was a wonderful companion. This post is from 2016 and introduces us to some of the pack.
Brother from Another Mother by Annabelle Franklin
No, you’re not seeing double – the one on the left is Tommy, Snip’s new BFF.
Tommy is a young black Lurcher who lives with one of our neighbours, and he and Snip have become best buddies. Tommy hero-worships Snip, and Snip laps up the admiration. They call each other ‘Snipster’ and ‘Tomster’, and when the two of them are together Pearl and I might as well not exist. Snip doesn’t even come to the house any more, and we suspect this is because he has more fun at Tommy’s.
I can accept their bromance, as my relationship with Snip is long over; but Pearl’s nose is firmly out of joint. A long nose to be out of joint.
She hates it when they go hunting together and leave her behind. The other day when the four of us were out together, Snip and Tommy disappeared into the undergrowth on the far side of the bay. Pearl waited for them to come back, then shot off into the undergrowth herself. She was gone a long time, long enough to get us all worried. Eventually the boys could stand it no longer and went in after her, whereupon she trotted calmly into view, batting her eyelashes, delighted she’d got their attention.
Normally I’d be calling her a drama queen, but for once I’m on her side. Since teaming up with Tommy, Snip has developed a decidedly sexist attitude and I can’t approve of sexism in any shape or form. He won’t race with Pearl any more because he doesn’t like the idea of being beaten by a girl – if she shows any sign of getting ahead, he plants himself firmly in her way and gives her a mouthful of abuse.
‘Walk away, Pearl,’ I tell her. ‘There are plenty more fish in the sea.’ But Pearl refuses to give up on Snip; one way or another, she’s determined to join the gang. She’s even changed the spelling of her name to ‘Prl’ in an attempt to be cool. It makes me sad to see my once proud sister reduced to this. Even if they accept her, it doesn’t mean they’ll respect her – she’ll just be their bitch. I’ve told her this, and I’ve told the boys they’re a pair of sexist so-and-so’s, but who listens to me these days? Pearl says I’m bitter because Snip dumped me, and the boys just think I’m a grumpy old woman.
Grumpy old Millie
It’ll end in tears, I’m sure – and I’m the one who’ll have to pick up the pieces.
©Annabelle Franklin 2016
About Annabelle Franklin
Annabelle Franklin is the author of two children’s books, ‘Gateway to Magic’ and ‘The Slapstyx’. Her short story ‘Mercy Dog’ has been published in award-winning anthology ‘Unforgotten: The Great War 1914-1918′ (Accent Press). She is a member of Swansea and District Writers’ Circle, and her short story ‘Haunted by the Future’ appears in the Circle’s 2016 horror anthology ‘Dark Gathering’.
Annabelle lives on South Wales’s stunning and magical South Gower coast. She shares her chalet home with two rescued sighthounds and blogs from the Literate Lurcher, well her two lovely hounds do.. Pearl and Millie.. quite the pair.
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One of the reviews for The Slapstyx
The Slapstyx was written for 8-10 year olds so, of course, I had to read it aloud with all my girls (ages 3, 5 and 8) to see what they would think.
I, as the adult, liked the set up of the book. The ocean is being harmed by super strong, super bad cleaning products and two sisters need to help stop it. That on it’s own could have been a bit much for young girls. BUT if the super cleaner is full of dark magic, the goblins are making the dirt and the dolphin spirits are getting hurt by the overfed plankton monsters. Well, that makes it a lot more approachable and fun!
The three year old, was interested in the mermaid type creatures (dolphinae) and that’s about it. She is three and there’s no pictures, what can you expect?
My five year old snuggled in very close during some of the goblin encounters but was always the first to want to hear what happened next.
The only reason she was the one begging the loudest is because the eight year old kept going to bed with my kindle to read ahead so she already knew what happened next, but she sat at attention to listen every night!
Would we recommend it?
My eight year old girl says girls in her class would like it because it has mermaids in it and the boys would like it because of the goblins. All the girls agreed that the goblins were a little scary, though never scary enough to stop reading. But by far the best recommendation comes from my five year old. We had two chapters to go when she said, “Mom, can you finish the book tonight and then read it again?” a sentiment that was silently echoed by her older sister who took the book off to bed to re-read after we were done.Rosie’s Book Review team 1
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Annabelle-Franklin/e/B00CHL8RF0
And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annabelle-Franklin/e/B00CHL8RF0
And read more reviews and follow Annabelle on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6904737.Annabelle_Franklin
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My thanks to Annabelle for inviting me to share from her archives, and I hope you will head over to explore more for yourselves. Sally.