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I am a single Mother living, working and writing in the beautiful valleys of South Wales, UK. I've described this as a bit like Middle Earth in it's beauty but the trees don't walk. Born in 1969, I'm told I saw the moon landings, but being only four months old I can't remember! I try to live in as green a way as possible, growing some of my own crops, keeping my chickens for eggs and doing as much reducing, reusing and recycling as is possible. I'm a pisces and a rooster, depending which zodiac system you prefer and my favourite colours are green and purple.
I've been writing since a very good friend dared me to take part in the National Novel Writing Month challenge - 50,000 words in 30 days, and it is so intense it's unreal. That happened in November 2005 and The Portal Between is the end result. I've completed the same challenge a number of times since then.
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on Aug. 07, 2011 :
Loved this book even though aimed at younger readers I still enjoy it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 11, 2010 :
I enjoyed reading this story. I felt a genuine connection to Rhys Newton, the 10 year old boy, depicted in the story. I liked that Barnard incorporated the struggles of a single-parent family. As an adult, I could relate to her struggle, while children would be engaged in Rhy's struggles with helping the Darklings. Finally, it was interesting to read a story set in England, written by a Bristish author. I learned a lot of new vocabulary words and differences between the culture in the U.S. and England.
(reviewed long after purchase)