The Thrilling Adventure of a Young Girl and her Tiny Dog Malia has never seen an elephant stampede. She has never experienced scorpions, native rituals, spy plots, pirates or thieves. All that is about to change when too-curious Malia discovers the truth about her father half way around the world. Now hunted and haunted, Malia and her tiny dog, Teacup, race into hilariousThe Thrilling Adventure of a Young Girl and her Tiny Dog Malia has never seen an elephant stampede. She has never experienced scorpions, native rituals, spy plots, pirates or thieves. All that is about to change when too-curious Malia discovers the truth about her father half way around the world. Now hunted and haunted, Malia and her tiny dog, Teacup, race into hilarious and dangerous misadventures in the African jungle. Will Malia and Teacup survive their heart pounding challenges? Can Malia learn to value herself with the help of her eccentric grandparents? Or, will the evil Inspector ruin everything?...
|Title||:||Awesome African Adventure|
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Awesome African Adventure Reviews
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY October 8, 2009'Malia & Teacup Awesome African Adventure' By Dr. Molly Barrow Illustrations by Erik Pflueger. (Barringer Publishing. $14.95) REVIEWED BY PHILIP K. JASON Special to Florida Weekly Naples psychologist Molly Barrow is all over the Internet. Google her name and you'll find her Web sites, her blog and dozens of references to her appearances and mentions in popular and specialized media. Her column, "Shrink About This," appears regularly on www.menstuff.org, and other specialists often quote her. You can listen to her online radio show. You can read her well-reviewed book, "Matchlines." You can see her appear as herself in the 2008 film "My Suicide," which focuses on teenage depression. And you can find her article about selfesteem and her Malia and Teacup books in the spring 2010 issue of the prestigious journal, Children and Libraries. Dr. Barrow has made her reputation as an expert in improving relationships, whether the arena is couples intimacy or the workplace. Now she adds to her audience with a major venture into children's literature. Her Malia and Teacup series recently launched its first title: "Awesome African Adventure." It's a rollicking read for kids 9 years old and up, as well as their parents and grandparents. Grandma is dead but remains well preserved in the freezer, her voice often advising 12-year-old Malia. Dad is dead and mom has run off with a misfit beau, and the looney doings of her wheelchair-bound Grandpa are not quite what a middle-schooler needs for guidance. Understandably, Malia's demeanor has been less than pleasant. Her life at school has turned into a nightmare. She has frustrated her teachers, become a target of abuse from her classmates, and is threatened by the mean-spirited school psychologist with being taken away from Grandpa's abysmal though loving care. Then comes news that is both good and bad: The industrious school shrink has discovered that Malia's father is alive, remarried and living in Kenya. Soon, even though she feels a responsibility to stay with her ailing Grandpa, Malia is bound for Africa to live with a man who chose to disappear from her life 10 years earlier. In Kenya, Malia finds herself a secondclass citizen. Remote and demanding, her father insists on highly disciplined behavior, and Malia almost always fails to meet his expectations. Her stepmother is selfabsorbed as well as preoccupied with her pregnancy. Her stepbrother schemes to get Malia in trouble. Although her father's lifestyle indicates an abundance of wealth, allegedly from his success in the petroleum industry, Malia feels more at home with the loving and playful family of one of her father's African employees. Soon after arriving in Africa, she becomes responsible for an undersized poodle, a gift rejected by her stepbrother. The delightful Teacup provides Malia with emotional salvation during an arduous transition. Malia's adventures in Africa include partaking in a tribal ceremony, surviving an elephant stampede, rescuing Teacup from a monkey, witnessing a terrorist bombing in Nairobi and confronting a vicious government inspector who calls her father an assassin. Malia herself wonders about her father. It's obvious that he has a secret life, but not obvious just what the secret is. As Malia's dangerous adventures and family conflicts pile up, she strives to overcome her fears and stand up for herself. More and more, she demonstrates not only determination, but also the ability to solve problems, to be patient when necessary and to realize that while appearances are often deceiving, it is sometimes for a good reason. Young readers will identify with Malia's outsider sensibility, with her frustrations and — one hopes — with her growing resourcefulness and enhanced decisionmaking skills. While engaging her audience in high adventures in exotic settings, Dr. Barrow imparts important life lessons and advances knowledge about and tolerance for other cultures. For younger readers, Dr. Barrow has prepared "Out on a Limb," an abbreviated treatment of Malia and Teacup's African experience. In the pipeline: "Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon" set in Bhutan and "Queen to Bishop's Right," an English mystery. Dr. Barrow has found a recipe that mixes humor, action, respect and understanding in just the right proportions. Fanciful enough to hold a child's attention, and wise enough to help children grow up without sermonizing and without belittling their actual problems, these are the kinds of books that parents and teachers, as well as kids, have been seeking.
In Malia, I found an intelligent, quirky, spunky, and feisty heroine, the likes of which I haven't seen since I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables so many years ago. She was curious, independent, fiercely loyal and so much fun. This truly was an "awesome African adventure", filled with suspense, betrayal, mystery and intrigue. It was one of the most original and creative stories I've read in a long time. I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
Tweens and adults will laugh and cry. An amazing, touching and funny story about a kid looking for her long lost father and experiencing all kinds of trouble and frustration. Malia has to take care of a mischievous dog and make it back home before time runs out for her grandfather. A wild ride of an adventure and great advice to help kids like themselves and stay safe.