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Now Available at public, private and First Nations schools in British Columbia and the Yukon, to students in grades 4 to 8!
Grandpa’s Gift: The Story of the Canadians’ WWI Battle to Win Vimy Ridge is the historical account of this famous World War I battle as told through the eyes of two of its participants. Once again, Mrs. John-Thorpe brings her gift of story-telling to bear to bring this true story to life.
Here is what historians are saying about Grandpa’s Gift:
“This is a fine book. . . . well researched, well considered and well constructed. . . . When one reads the description of the attack on Vimy Ridge, all the important necessary details of the battle are there and are presented with movement, clarity and immediacy that impels every reader (regardless of age) to be part of the ferocious momentum of the event.” – Mark Dwor, Vancouver, Chairman, Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars
“I enjoyed the balance of the story of Grandpa’s Gift….It is a good way to tell a history lesson in a story format.” – Maj (Ret’d) Paul Randall CD, MSc Research Technician | Technicien de Recherché, Summerland Research and Development Centre, Summerland, BC
“The author captures the truth and reality of a war, with a conversation held between a grandfather and his grandson, a conversation that he had in the past with his own son.” – Elaine & Jerry Blanchard, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Can
“I think it would be a good addition to any young person’s library. Good job.” – Keith Boehmer, Military Historian, Okanagan Military Museum, British Columbia, Can
“I read Grandpa’s Gift and enjoyed it immensely. It is a great little book, ideal for young minds on the historical causes of the first Great War and the ultimate price many nations and what their populations suffered on both sides from death and wounding both physical and psychological….I [it] know will help future generations understand our interesting Canadian heritage. Hopefully Grandpa’s Gift will become required reading in our school system.” – Darrell M Dean CD, Brigadier General [ret’d]
The Sonoran Desert Series
Published November 2015
The Adventures of Cruz Coyote is the third in the Sonoran Desert children’s book series.
The series continues with Cruz Coyote learning about humans and the workings of a coyote pack, through the help of Hummer Hummingbird. Can Hummer talk Cruz into joining a pack to end his lonely life in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona?
The series would make a great Christmas present for the children in your life and can be purchased online at Amazon.com.
Published March 2015
Cruz Coyote & Rory Roadrunner, the second book in the Sonoran Desert Series, is the story of two predators following Quinn & Queenie Quail as they make their new home and prepare for the arrival of eggs and baby chicks.
Cruz Coyote lives alone in the Sonoran Desert. Curious about the different creatures he meets, he watches two quails make a hiding place in some bushes. What are they up to? Rory Roadrunner watches the birds too. He knows what they are doing, and he is waiting hungrily. What will Cruz and Rory do when those quail eggs hatch?
Available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
Published July 2014
Yasmin with A New Home for the Q’s at the Quail Creek Fall Festival. The first story in the Sonora Desert Series: A New Home for the Q’s follows Quinn and Queenie Quail in their search for a new home before the monsoon rains arrive in the Sonora desert. On the way, the Q’s find new friends and avoid dangerous predators. Copies of the books are available on line from Amazon and from Barns & Noble stores, or contact me.
I fell in love with Arizona the first time I visited the state. It is a vast expanse, home of the Grand Canyon, the historic town of Tombstone, Karchner Cavern’s State Park, Kitt Peak and so much more. Arizona is a place where the night sky is awe-inspiring, making you think you can reach up and touch the stars.
Arizona is also a harsh land. Years of drought make the dry landscape beg for more monsoon rains in the summer months. How life exists under these extremes leaves you to wonder about nature. It is this which has guided me to write a series of educational children’s story about the survival of this very wild life to help young readers learn about nature at its best and worst.
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Forever: A Story of Everlasting Love, an adult romance published December 2012
Joshua Braeddon Crowl is attracted to the feisty beauty he discovers in the orchard where he has been hired to pick apples. Petra Silvie Pereira is surprised by her reactions to the apple picker. One moment she is furious and the next moment she wishes he would kiss her. When John Edward Crowl discovers his son is seeing an unknown young woman, he sets out to stop the relationship. Can this love survive?
The Lone Pilgrim, published December 2011
In 2010, I wanted to mark my sixtieth in an unforgettable way. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the Way of St. James, in Spain, is a trek of over 790 kilometers and sounded like a challenging way to celebrate turning 60.
The Lone Pilgrim details my journey of discovery on the Camino de Santiago.
Treasure House 1, published in 2006 in London, England by MacMillan Caribbean Ltd., contains two of my stories; it is a school reader for teachers and parents.
- All Covered In Soot: Lali and her friends wish to know when the nuts off the cashew fruit will be ready to eat
- An Island Treasure: Robert (Bobo) knows there is pirate treasure in the cave, but how will he get to it, when the cave entrance is in the rocks out in the Caribbean Sea and Bobo cannot swim!
Island Garden, published in 2007 by Glaxo Smith Kline. I was one of only four authors selected to write a story for this publication slated for young patients at hospitals I’m not certain, as I’m only a director for the arts council and did not handle the nominees, I only produced the video and print media. I believe you were not so much nominated for a category, but were on the list for Lifetime Achievement and it was not a nominated category, just on a list for this award. The council voted on this and was not a jury process. I was to busy with the video and print that I did not vote. Only the nominees were contacted – not the Lifetime Achievement. Sorry about the word mix up – should of used – put on a list and not nominee…. the Caribbean. In the story, An Extraordinary Christmas, Alicia’s birthday falls on Christmas Day, and on her eleventh birthday she gets a special gift—the chance to celebrate in Toronto, Canada with her aunt and uncle, instead of at home in the Caribbean. What will she do with all those cold temperatures and snow instead of the warmth and sunshine of home?
Taking The Heat: Canadian Politicians In the Kitchen, published 2001. Recipes from Canadian Politicians across the country, federal and provincial. Fundraiser for soup kitchens.
The idea for Taking the Heat: Canadian Politicians in the Kitchen was born at the time my husband was a politician and I wanted to show Canadian politicians as ordinary people, doing something ordinary in their daily lives. I asked for their favorite recipes for a national cookbook. The project took two years and includes a section entitled “With Regret”, responses from those who did not contribute. It’s filled with mouth-watering recipes.
I’m not certain, as I’m only a director for the arts council and did not handle the nominees, I only produced the video and print media. I believe you were not so much nominated for a category, but were on the list for Lifetime Achievement and it was not a nominated category, just on a list for this award. The council voted on this and was not a jury process. I was to busy with the video and print that I did not vote. Only the nominees were contacted – not the Lifetime Achievement. Sorry about the word mix up – should of used – put on a list and not nominee….Other Publications
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The Romantic Quill Company was created to assist romance writers publish novellas. My titles include:
- 1998 February Issue 1: A Taste of Tomorrow
- 1998 December Issue 2: Twelve Days
- 1999 Spring Issue 3: Hearts Content
- 1999 Fall Issue 4: Only Love
- 2000 Summer Issue 5: Hidden Treasure
PENTICTON WRITERS AND PUBLISHERS
I co-founded a writers group in 1994. Our publications include:
- 1994 – Penticton and Area: Secrets & Surprises
- 1995 – A Novel Approach To Self-Publishing: a Handbook
- 1998 (Spring) – Silhouette of Four Seasons: Coffee table guide for City of Penticton
- 1998 (Halloween) – Supernatural British Columbia: Ghost stories, haunted houses and the unexplained
- 2002 – To Hope and Beyond: Stories around British Columbia
- 2008 – Celebrating a Century: Coffee table book for the City of Penticton’s Centennial
- 2009 – Mining for Gems: Stories from around Canada