The Abalone Shell

By Sue Boyd

Children's, Personal growth, Education & teaching | eBook


Living happily with her single-parent mother Alexis, Abalone's world is thrown into disarray when her Mum is suddenly taken ill and diagnosed with cervical cancer. Unwanted and unloved by her maternal Grandma Leah, Abalone stays with their friend Sophie while Alexis is in hospital and while visiting her befriends a girl called Grace and her mother Imogen. The two women become best friends, as do their daughters and Abalone now feels a lot happier that they both have friends who understand what they are going through. Alexis eventually comes home with Imogen and Grace to offer support. Alexis confides in Abalone more about her father, Ralph and also that Imogen has offered Abalone a home should she ever need it. However, Abalone is very upset and blots it out of her mind. An act of stupidity by Grandma Leah again throws their lives into chaos. Will the two of them surmount this further tragedy or will Abalone have to travel life's road alone?


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Living happily with her single-parent mother Alexis, Abalone's world is thrown into disarray when her Mum is suddenly taken ill and diagnosed with cervical cancer. Unwanted and unloved by her maternal Grandma Leah, Abalone stays with their friend Sophie while Alexis is in hospital and while visiting her befriends a girl called Grace and her mother Imogen. The two women become best friends, as do their daughters and Abalone now feels a lot happier that they both have friends who understand what they are going through. Alexis eventually comes home with Imogen and Grace to offer support. Alexis confides in Abalone more about her father, Ralph and also that Imogen has offered Abalone a home should she ever need it. However, Abalone is very upset and blots it out of her mind. An act of...


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Sue Boyd b.18.4.1944. My writing journey started with a visit to a clairvoyant at a particularly difficult time in my life. While reading my palm, she held my hand aloft and pointed to my thumb. "You should write, look you've got a writer's thumb - straight as an arrow." That was 20 years ago and I'm still scribbling away. I'm a typical Arian, throwing myself enthusiastically into the next project and the next, but the reading and writing of books have given me enduring pleasure over the years. It started with reading under the bedclothes with a torch, while Jack Frost decorated the windows, to my present daily book 'fix'. I've written and self-published 2 children's books for local attractions in my area with sales of 4,000 copies. I've also had articles published in Cat World, The Lady, Selfbuild & Design, Wavelength & Bookbite. Having completed The Abalone Shell which I wrote with my granddaughters, Olivia 13 & Imogen 9, I saw an article about a writer who'd had success on Kindle, so investigated this as an option. I'm no computer whizz kid so every step was like climbing a mountain, but I did it! While uploading The Abalone Shell, I sat at my computer with a glass of wine in my hand and pressed the final button. There was no applause, no-one to pat me on the back, but I felt like a million dollars. So to women writers like me, keep scribbling because every small success is like winning 'The Booker Prize'.


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Sue Boyd b.18.4.1944. My writing journey started with a visit to a clairvoyant at a particularly difficult time in my life. While reading my palm, she held my hand aloft and pointed to my thumb. "You should write, look you've got a writer's thumb - straight as an arrow." That was 20 years ago and I'm still scribbling away. I'm a typical Arian, throwing myself enthusiastically into the next ...


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