Grandmother's Ashes

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Emma wanted her little brother’s birthday party to be so perfect that even her mum would be proud. But despite her best efforts, everything was going wrong. And soon twenty snotty-nosed four year olds and their parents would arrive. If only she had more time.
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Words: 5,000
Language: Commonwealth English
ISBN: 9781301147403
Tags: short story
About Mark Douglas Stafford

Mark’s early years were spent building cubbyhouses, writing computer software on some of the world’s first computers and blowing up things in the garage.
After high school he began with a teaching degree and finished with a business degree. He established then sold his first business in 2005 after which he embarked on a career in senior management, running various technology companies in cutting-edge fields.
He has completed courses at the Sydney Writers’ Centre.
Mark has written six novels and a raft of short stories about talking mattresses and trees that grow money instead of leafs. Mark writes particularly for the children’s and young-adult segment but his highly imaginative and original stories are enjoyed by readers of all ages.
He won 'Highly Commended' in The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Awards 2013 for his short story 'The Interview'.
He draws inspiration from the fables of Gabriel García Márquez, Oscar Wild and Hector Hugh Munro. As an aficionado of science fiction he is especially fond of the classics, like Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series which harks back to a time when it was still fashionable to be optimistic about the future.
He is excruciatingly happily married and lives in the hills of northern Sydney, Australia with his wife and four rambunctious children, all of whom are fierce book critics; which helps.

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Review by: haani qureshi on Oct. 29, 2013 :
This is such a great story and make sure you read all the others by Stafford.
you will love this book.
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Review by: Owen Higgins on Oct. 15, 2013 :
A poignant, pithy fable about choices and the importance of imperfect outcome to our personal growth. My two girls (9 and 11) really enjoyed this when I read it to them at bedtime over a few nights. I enjoyed it to. We’re all big fans of Mark Stafford’s work.
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Review by: Laura Santos on Oct. 15, 2013 :
This is a charming story about a young girl who’s given the rare chance to right past wrongs. But there’s a high price and she must choose whether she’s prepared to pay it. It’s only a short story but it’s packed with amusing scenes and some beautifully written conversations between the main character and her “grandfather”. I’m a big Mark Stafford fan, as are my middle-school students. There’s a depth and skill to his writing that I've always enjoyed. Also, they’re a little pointy and challenging.
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