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Today, I have the good pleasure of introducing you to a mother of a young author to share his book, Aboard the Timeline, with you. I think you will want to read his book.
Let’s welcome, Tine Gregory, the mother of Bastian Gregory…
“My 23- year old son passed away last year, after struggling for years with depression. He was incredibly talented, had Asbergers and sadly suffered very badly for many years.
Before he died though, he managed to finish a children’s book he had been working on. And luckily he had sat down with his sister, who together with him laid out a plan for illustrations for his book.
The week after he died we received a confirmation from Pegasus, that they would publish his book.
This finally became a reality in May 2021.
Story Line: Aboard the Timeline follows the journey of Pete, an ordinary boy who is struggling with boredom and monotony at school. He gets more excitement than he bargained for when time suddenly stops around him and he is inexplicably greeted by a talking dinosaur called Reginald at the classroom door.
Trying to figure out what has happened, the two of them embark on a journey of adventure and discovery. They meet Philosophocles, an ancient Greek thinker and the three companions travel along the Time Line, visiting alternate versions of history, including the Cretaceous period, ancient Greece, the Viking North Sea, Medieval Istanbul and Victorian London.
Along the way, they meet tricky demons, strange creatures and interesting companions.
Can Pete become the hero that some need him to be? And will he ever find a way back to the normal world?
The book is aimed at children between ages about 7- 14 years old. In many cases it could be seen as a self-biography by those who knew Bastian- although the ending in the children’s book is so much more uplifting than it was for him.
It is a book which I believe many can use as a way to give children hope/belief in themselves alongside some fun history facts great use of the English language and an exciting story.
It mentions anxiety and worry many times, although not in a very “scary way for children” and the conclusion comes up with a neat way in which to deal with these worries.”
And for US shoppers, here’s the link to Aboard the Timeline
And a bit about Bastian:
Bastian Gregory was born in 1997 and spent a happy childhood in Singapore, Hong Kong and Denmark. He went on to study creative writing in the UK. He was a wild and free thinker, a kind, gentle son and brother and a good friend to many.
Bastian had Aspergers Syndrome and suffered from depression. He left us just after his twenty-third birthday to be, in his own words, “reincarnated as a cosmic tree with solar winds and alien doves rushing through my branches.”
He leaves behind this book and a collection of poems.”
Thank you so much, Tine, for sharing your son, Bastian’s, awesome children’s book, Aboard the Timeline!
I, along with my readers I’m sure, do extend our condolences to you on the death of your precious and talented son.
Thank you, blog readers, for taking the time to read my blog today! I hope you are encouraged to purchase and read this book along with your favorite little ones or to give as a gift to an older child, and I’d like to encourage you to leave an honest review. Reviews help authors so much by allowing other potential buyers to feel confident in their selection.
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