Troubador The Story Traveller

Released: 01/06/2011

eISBN: 9781783066933

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Lucy enjoys school until one day her father takes a new job in a new town – which means a new school. That’s when her troubles begin. For reasons she can’t understand, she is targeted by three bullies, led by Anna Ibsen. As she struggles with this, she finds she has been offered the job of story traveller by the Fairy Godmothers’ Union.

During the day, Lucy does her best to deal with the increasing amount of bullying and at night sets off on a series of exciting and dangerous adventures into the world of Cinderella. Her journeys take her to France, to China to meet Yeh-Shen and a perilous journey to Ireland, where she introduces herself to Ash, a young Irish lad. Her final travels take her to Russia to meet Vasilisa and the scary Baba Yaga.

But these journeys are not all full of wonder and joy. Lucy has scares and terrors as she comes up against many of the evil characters from Storyland, while dealing with the nastiness of Anna and her cronies. However, she learns a lot from her job as story traveller, and with the backing of friends and family, finds the courage to deal with the bullies.

The Story Traveller, which carries a positive moral message to readers, will apply to children ages 7-10. Judy is inspired by many modern authors including Eoin Colfer, Michael Morpugo and Terry Pratchett, and by one of her favourite childhood books, Little Lord Fauntleroy by Mrs. F. H. Burnett.

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Judy Stubley

I have been told I made my debut on a belly laugh. Though there was a war raging, my mother was advised to go and see an amusing show, on the advice of her doctor, because I refused to make an appearance. So I arrived on 23rd January 1941 to the sound of laughter.

When I was fourteen months my family moved to a new home: The Lawns, Eye near Peterborough. The Lawns was the first great love of my life. This wonderful old farmhouse, surrounded by magical grounds, became a fertile playground for my imagination to develop, with the result that I lived in a world of make believe, which included an invisible friend called Mary!

But I soon learnt not everything in life was quite so magical. At five, I started school and I hated it. The teachers were determined to hit my left handedness out of me. It was not called bullying in those days, but a slap across your head, ear or hand certainly did not constitute caring teaching.

That was my world for two years, until my parents sent me off to a weekly boarding school, run by a wonderfully gifted teacher called Miss Webb, who took in a frightened and stuttering seven year old and gave her peace of mind and space for her imagination to flourish again.

At eleven I was sent off to a boarding school where, once again, I became the victim of bullying, both mental and physical. I wrote pathetic letters home, begging to be rescued, but they were obviously not pathetic enough, so I turned to my imagination and my story-telling to get me through my unhappiness.

I wrote my first full length story at eleven and used to read a chapter a night to my dormitory. Eventually the bullying stopped and I learnt to cope with, but always dislike, my school days. I continued to write copious stories, poems and even attempted a ballet, which was torn up by the Head, because I had the nerve to write it on a Sunday!

Then I grew up, fell in love and had two children and eventually three grandchildren. I did all the right things, but not necessarily in the right order. For instance, I went to university when I was the mother of two small children, which proved quite a challenge.I never stopped writing though and spent much of my adult life helping others to enjoy the written word as much as I did. Then when my grandchildren arrived I realised I would love to write for them.

As I looked back to my childhood I remembered the bullying and recalled how the story-telling had helped. I realise, with sadness, bullying still blights the lives of many children today, so the idea of 'The Story Traveller' was born.

I now live in peaceful retirement in rural Oxfordshire with my husband and see my three grandchildren as often as I can.

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