Fictional siblings and why they are important to me
My favourite part of any book are the characters and their own personal journeys, whatever they may be. But I did find one thing missing in a lot of teenage and young adult books: Siblings. More accurately, siblings that work together. I found in a lot of the dystopian, sci-fi and fantasy books there was a distinct lack of siblings that actually get along and help each other. There are a few out there, just not many I had stumbled upon (if you know of any good ones please let me know!). A lot of the time they are on opposite sides or many protagonists didn’t have any siblings and that made me sad. I have siblings, who I love dearly, and so naturally my series revolves around family. At the core of the story, it is about family. For me at least, the one person you can always count is family. Writers often draw upon inspiration from their real lives and I suppose that’s what I did. If I wanted to go on a great adventure there is no one else I would want more by my side than my sister. That is the reason why I found it so important for Torin, Jaydar and Kalani to have such a good relationship. When things get really bad and events spiral out of control, they are there to pick each other up. Being royalty and growing up in the palace, they would have had to choose their friends very carefully, so that’s why when they are in trouble they turn to each other first. But during the series, they make some pretty great friends too. Also the twins, Alex and Aurora, have a strong bond that is on a whole other level too. For the two of them, they are all each other has ever had. They rely on one another more than any of the other characters. They know what each other is thinking from just a glance, and there is nothing they wouldn’t do for the other. And they are always on the same side. So I think one of the most important elements to me in The Fire Song Chronicles is definitely the close relationships between siblings, who would go to the ends of the Earth (or the galaxy) for each other, and those strong blood ties.
Some of my favourite books with siblings: – The Hardy Boys Mysteries by Franklin. W. Dixon – The Selection Series by Kiera Cass – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater Happy reading everyone!
Hi, I’m Atlanta Bushnell!
I live in a seaside suburb in Melbourne, Australia. I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Education at university to be a primary school teacher, so I divide my time between studying for my course and writing my novels, which means at times I have to write late at night and sometimes even into the early hours of the morning. Any spare time I have left over I usually spend with friends and family who are a constant inspiration and encouragement. Any other spare time I have I leave for my music, drawings and of course a good book.
The Fire Song Chronicles is available now!
Book 1: Rise of the Erifs
Book 2: Secrets in the Ice
I’m currently writing the third book in the series.
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There is nothing Lulu loves more than dancing by herself. With each new song, she practices the “Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves.” She slides her feet, claps her hands, and bumps her hips against a tree trunk.
There is just one problem. Lulu is a gorilla! When she stamps her feet and shakes the trees, she ends up disturbing all the other animals in her jungle home. Poor Squin Squirrel cannot even sip his nut tea without Lulu’s dancing rattling his tree home. Squin and the other animals try to tell Lulu that her dancing is disruptive, but they cannot get through to the gorilla.
Then, Lulu’s loud music and dancing ends up waking up the mighty king of the jungle. The angry lion Jhawfors then confronts Lulu with the problem. Will the animals be able to find a compromise?
This rhyming children’s tale imparts valuable lessons to young readers. Lulu does not want to stop doing what she loves, but she needs to understand that her actions affect others. Through Lulu, children will learn the importance of respect, compassion, and compromise.
It is perfect for 2-4 year kids. The illustrations are cutesy and colourful and bright that will easily attract baby, inquisitive eyes. The story-telling is in sing-song style, with rhyming words in every alternate line. The sing-song is also attractive for babies, so this book will be a great pastime.