Troubador The Kicking Tree

Released: 28/06/2014

ISBN: 9781783063871

Format: Paperback

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What happens when you push open the White Gate that shouldn’t be there?


Meet courageous and … er … foolhardy, pigheaded, daredevil, scared, heart-broken, over-worked, hurting, generous and irresistible teenage characters.

In this, the first of four books, The Kicking Tree, we encounter Jack from Planet Earth, aged 18, angry and drifting, and Jalli, 17, from Planet Raika in Andromeda’s Jallaxa system, both wondering who they really are, what they should be doing next and asking if the choices they are presented with are worth anything at all.

Follow them to a beautiful garden where their adventures begin and their lives are turned upside down.

The strange new worlds they find are challenging but Jack and Jalli always seem to have what it takes to overcome and even be an answer to a prayer for those they meet until, one day very close to home, their world comes crashing down. 

Should they have ever fallen for the promise of adventure, of love even?

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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Trevor Stubbs

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 opportunities of the 1960s opened up a new world. Discovering a real Christian faith in his mid teens (thanks to some very inspirational youth leaders), Trevor went on to explore a call to ordination as an Anglican clergyman. At 19 he went up to King's College, London to study theology. At 22 he began a three year adventure as a volunteer teacher and mission worker in Papua New Guinea. Ordained in 1974, he went as a curate to Heckmondwike in West Yorkshire where he met and married Tina. More adventure followed with an overland journey across Europe and Asia eventually arriving in Queensland, Australia where he worked for three years.

In 1980 Trevor and Tina returned to the UK and have lived and worked in Yorkshire, Dorset and finally South Sudan. They now live near Bristol, UK where they are 'officially' retired. Trevor and Tina have three sons and two grandchildren.

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