The Pastel Planet
By Norma West Linder
Illustrations by Afsheadeh Abbasnezhad
Trade Paperback: 79 pages
Publication Date: Sept. 1, 2011
Suggested Retail (Paperback): $22.95
When a spaceship appeared over Manitoulin Island, Caleb Larkin and his step-sister Katie Lambert were the only two humans who saw it land. This magical event happened because Caleb dared Katie to leave their cottage and spend the night in a pup tent on the shores of Lake Mindemoya. He slipped out in the middle of the night in order to frighten her. Both of them were astonished to see a rainbow-coloured flying saucer hovering above them. When it landed, a strange figure approached, offering to take them for a ride. They’re too frightened to go. The weird creature tells them they’re welcome to change their minds. If they do, they should return to this spot when the moon is full. After thinking it over for a few days, they decided to be brave. A great surprise awaited them on Terra Turquoise.
Norma West Linder was born in Toronto, spent her childhood on Manitoulin Island, and teenage years in Muskoka. She is a member of The Writers’Union of Canada, The Ontario Poetry Society, WITS (Writers International Through Sarnia)and Past President of the Sarnia Branch of the Canadian Authors Assoc. Linder is the author of 5 novels, 12 collec-tions of poetry, a memoir of Manitoulin Island, a children’s book, and a biography of Pauline McGibbon. For 24 years she was on the faculty of Lambton College in Sarnia, teaching English and Creative Writing. For 7 years she wrote a monthly column for the Sarnia Observer. He short stories have been published internationally and broadcast on the CBC. Her poetry has been published in Fiddlehead, White Wall Review, Room of One’s Own, Quills, Toward the Light, Prairie Journal, FreeFall Magazine, Mobius, and other periodicals. In 2006 she compiled and edited Enchanted Crossroads for The Ontario Poetry Society. Her latest publications are collections of poems entitled When Angels Weep, Lovely as a Tree, and Adder’s Tongues. A collection of her short stories was released in August of 2013, entitled No Common Thread, published by Hidden Brook Press. In 2014, Two Paths Through the Seasons, a poetry book featuring Linder and James Deahl was published in Israel. Linder has two daughters and a son.
Afsheadeh Abbasnezhad was born in Tehran, Iran, immigrated to Toronto, Ontario in 2005. The following year Afsheadeh moved to Calgary, Alberta where she currently resides. She loved drawing and painting since early childhood. Art making was a hobby when she was young and this passion shifted to fine arts while completing her Masters in Architecture. Afsheadeh actively participated in group exhibitions in both Iran and Toronto, Canada, In 2006 Arta Gallery in Toronto featured her works in a group exhibition.