While living with her tv-addled Aunt Joan, luckless Stella Byrd is amazed to find that she has a luminous and magical silver shadow. With the help of her funny, if enigmatic, school janitor, Stella quickly realizes that her magic shadow has everything to do with her father's imprisonment for a botched bank robbery and her mother's inexplicable disappearance. Secrets reveal deeper and deeper secrets. After two goofy mercenaries try to slice off her shadow with a counterfeit magic sword and a giant reaches up from a puddle to kidnap her best friend, Stella has no other choice than to embark on a perilous adventure to the magical land of Slaandia. There she develops a friendship with a Slaandian girl named Carolina Finder. Together they face hideous enemies and act upon the most difficult of decisions along a thrilling and dangerous odyssey of discovery. In Slaandia, Stella will not only find her true voice, but also the truth of who she is and what has become of her beloved family.
Volume One of The Otherworldly Adventures of Stella Byrd and Carolina Finder
Alexandre Jones (1970- ) was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and currently lives in Parma, Italy. Bilingual, Alexandre is the author of novels for all ages in English and in Italian. Also an actor and playwright, Alexandre is among the founding members of the Sognambuli Parma Theatre Company. He teaches English at kindergardens, elementary schools, and multinational corporations. The slight contrasts between kindergardeners and top corporate managers is something that puts a smile on his face. Alexandre is also a translator and interpreter from Italian to English. He is a "voice actor" for corporate training videos. At the University of Georgia, Alexandre majored in Journalism and Mass Communication, and minored in Drama. In Athens, he was the lead singer for the infamous funky grunge rock band "Balrog." In the early 1990's Alexandre lived in London, where he interned at the prestigious Bush Theatre, which at the time put on a production of Irvine Welsh's "Trainspotting." Alexandre loves cats, kids, cheese, travel, his wife, and is a hopelessly optimistic fan of the Atlanta Falcons.