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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Being Here by Barry Jonsberg

The Author Says

The idea of a story involving a tulpa had been in my head for quite some time. A tulpa is a fascinating thing; I heard about them when I read of certain travellers’ experiences in the Himalayas. Many reported that they felt they were not alone in the snowy wilderness and a few even reported seeing figures walking with them.             What is a tulpa?

The boy sat in the branches of the fifth tree on the left, his scuffed boots dangling. Leah turned her eyes up. His face was heavily freckled, his eyes large, brown and almond-shaped. His hair stuck out at wild angles. ‘Hello,’ she said.

Sixteen-year-old Carly is interviewing Leah Cartwright for her local history project. But Leah resists, determined instead to tell her own story: that of a lonely child on an isolated farm, a girl whose only escape is into the world of books. And when Adam appears in the orchard Leah discovers a friend. A secret friend.

Leah draws Carly in with the magic of story – to her present, her past, her secrets, and her unique friendship with Adam.

Being Here is a beautifully told story about a girl whose rich imagination rescues her from a grim reality, and an unlikely boy who changes everything. A compelling novel about love, faith and consequences.

‘I loved Being Here. Honest, entertaining and emotionally gripping.’ Maureen McCarth(less)

Read more on Barry Jonsberg’s website.

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March 7, 2011 - Posted by | Relationships, Romance | ,

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