Invisible Outsider - Coming Soon!
Coming Soon from Summertime Publishing:
But all is not lost. Our heroine is resilient, and with a little help from her friends and an incessantly upbeat coach, she’s determined to get off that highway to Shitsville. Dandelion is spirited, daring, genuine, and brave. Yep, you guessed it – Dandelion is a #badass.
In an honest, insightful, and shamelessly funny account of what the daily grind of an Accompanying Supportive Spouse can look like, Claire Hauxwell reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly bits of expat life. You know, the things no one tells you about, such as how adulting is totally overrated. Along the way, she shares a whole load of inspirational stuff too. Like how to get that self-care routine going. Let’s face it, you can’t make everyone happy. You are not tequila.
New from Summertime: GO!
GO! My Personal Guide and Diary Before, During and After Moving Abroad
For children and adults alike, moving abroad – even for only a few years – is a major life event. Secure and healthy relationships are important for children to thrive throughout the process. They need to feel a sense of coherence so that they can understand and manage the challenges they face. This book guides children ages 6-13 through their move abroad. By writing, drawing, collecting memories and sharing them with others, they can create their own special story about their lives before, during and after their international move. The book supports children in sharing thoughts, feelings and ideas with their family and with old and new friends, so friendships can be maintained and enhanced. The book is a starting point for conversations between children and their parents, for children’s groups, in schools and across cultures and borders.
"This is an excellent resource for families making intercultural moves. This book is a must for parents to help their children navigate The process."
Marion Knell, writer and speaker and cross-cultural consultant
"The owner of this book will have a lifelong treasure."
Anne Copeland, Executive Director, The Interchange Institute
The Newcomer's Dictionary - Out Now!
The Newcomer’s Dictionary is an A to Z of words that explore aspects of relocating. Whether you have moved or are considering a move, this dictionary will help to identify and describe the experience of being a newcomer.
Filtered through Joyce Agee’s memories and illustrated by her sister, Ellen Agee, this book identifies the often hidden and complex feelings that can be experienced by newcomers – whether first-time, seasoned or expatriate – as they relocate to a new suburb, city or country.
Now an Australian citizen, in writing this book Joyce has brought together the experiences of a nomadic expat with those of a newcomer child. She reflects on how her life has been impacted by the family’s frequent moves while she was growing up. Books, television programs and films were to become an emotional lifeline for the two sisters, giving them a sense of stability and continuity when everything else around them was constantly changing.
The Newcomer’s Dictionary also explores how language, which evolves over time and across cultures, influences our perception of newcomers. It describes the newcomer identity, experiences and emotions – above all the feelings of being an outsider and the need to belong.
The Legend of the Dancing Baobab Tree is an old folktale from Africa. It takes place in the savanna in a time when there was a great drought that threatened to destroy the earth. The animals were suffering from great hunger and thirst as all the rivers, lakes and streams had dried up. But the mighty baobab tree kept all the water stored inside its big, fat trunk and would not share with the rest of the creatures or plants.
This left the animals with no choice but to pull the baobab tree from the ground and try to get the water out. But the baobab tree went flying up in the sky and returned back to earth upside down! In many legends across Africa, the baobab tree is now known as the upside-down tree.
This version of the story will leave young readers with an open discussion about sharing, fairness and how to ensure that every creature, every plant and every person has what they need to live a happy and healthy life on our shared planet.