Published: 28/06/2014
ISBN: 9781783063871
Format: Paperback



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In 1948 Trevor Stubbs was born a son of a third generation market fruiterer in Northampton in the heart of England. All was set for him to become the fourth in line, but the new educational opportunit... read more

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The Kicking Tree
by Trevor Stubbs

Jack kicked out at the bush by his front gate as he had done every day since he was eight. It was a habit he had indulged in for the last nine years. He had no idea what variety of bush or tree it was – he simply called it his ‘kicking tree’. It no longer resembled a tree now, but a stunted shrub. But that battered bit of creation simply refused to die, no matter how many times it was kicked.

The Kicking Tree tells the story of two young people in their late teens, living in different parts of the universe, who meet each other through mysterious white gates that connect their different worlds. Jallaxanya Rarga, the gentle but resourceful heroine, lives on Planet Raika and is the only surviving relative of her devoted grandmother. Jack Smith is the son of a single mother living in the English Midlands on Planet Earth. Lacking a father, Jack is under-fulfilled and his mood swings between anger and depression.

By a series of ‘accidents’, the two are brought together, meeting in a beautiful cottage garden that belongs to neither of their worlds. They become engrossed in their friendship and find themselves stepping through other white gates that lead into other new worlds and adventures. They begin to realise that the one consistent thread in their adventures is that they have been ‘sent’ to change things for people. It appears that they are an answer to prayer; sometimes spoken, sometimes unspoken. Their relationship blossoms and they appear immune to the evil of the worlds – until a terrible tragedy parts them... Or does it?

The Kicking Tree is a work of fantasy fiction that also addresses issues of cross-culture relationships and religious faith. It will appeal to readers aged 14+ who enjoy romance, fantasy and adventure tales.

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The Kicking Tree

Two young people, each with their own personal past, are brought together by an unexplainable link between their worlds located in different parts of the universe. Jack Smith resides in the English Midlands on Planet Earth while Jallaxanya Rarga (Jalli) lives in Wanulka City, a seaside provincial capital under the glare of its three suns on Planet Raika. Jack is the son of a single mother struggling to make ends meet, and Jalli depends solely on her devoted grandmother, having lost all the rest of her family in a tragedy when she was still only three.

Follow the adventures of these two young people who come to be convinced that they have not met by chance but that some One has deliberately brought them together – and not just for their own delight but to be catalysts for change in the lives of others too. Life for them is never easy, but they win through. Battered and bruised physically, mentally and emotionally they face the question of how a benevolent, all-powerful creator who has blessed them with so much can, at the same time, allow terrible things to happen to them and others …

“Jack kicked out at the bush by his front gate as he had done every day since he was eight. It was a habit he had indulged in for the last nine years. He had no idea what variety of bush or tree it was - he simply called it his 'kicking tree'. It no longer resembled a tree now but a stunted shrub. But that battered bit of creation simply refused to die, no matter how many times it was kicked.”

“Jalli's story, looked at from any point of view, was a tragic one. And yet she and her grandmother were happy because they had each other, and because they had learned to smile, and even laugh together. Some had said that they should not do that. How could they after what had happened to them and so many others.”

The is the first book in the "The White Gate Adventure" series.

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