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AN ADVENTURE SERIES FOR YOUNG READERS

 S. B.  S T E i N

 

THE BOOKS IN THE  LUCY & JAMES SERIES DEAL WITH THE PLIGHT OF VANISHING SPECIES AROUND THE GLOBE AND THE EFFORTS OF THE YOUNG PROTAGONISTS TO TURN THE TIDE, AGAINST NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE ODDS. CLEVERNESS AND HEROISM ARE AT THE CORE OF THE ACTION, WHICH IS FUN AND ADRENALINE-FUELED, WHILE MAINTAINING STRONG EMOTIONAL UNDERCURRENTS. 

EACH STORY INVOLVES AN ENDANGERED SPECIES, BUT WITH A UNIQUE SLANT ON THE SUBJECT (SMUGGLING, HABITAT DESTRUCTION, GLOBAL WARMING), AND EACH TAKES PLACE IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY - (CHINA (completed) ICELAND (development) AND AFRICA (dreaming).

THE DEVOTION BETWEEN THE MAIN CHARACTERS, LUCY & JAMES, IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE STORYLINES (THEY AGE ONE YEAR EACH BOOK). MINOR CHARACTERS COME INTO THE ACTION ALONG THE WAY - YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES WHO SHARE THEIR CONCERNS AND BOND WITH THEM. WORDS AND PHRASES (CHINESE, ICELANDIC) ARE LACED SPARINGLY INTO SOME OF THE DIALOGUE IN EACH BOOK (TRANSLATIONS AT BACK).

BOOK #1 - Set in modern-day China - Completed 2/26/ 2018 -

LUCY & JAMES: THE SHANGHAI SIX  for sale on Amazon website

BOOK #2 - LUCY & JAMES: THE WHALE DIARIES set in modern-day Iceland - in development - hope for spring 2019!   See Images and read prologue excerpt below.

LUCY & JAMES: THE SHANGHAI SIX

A BRIEF SYNOPSIS:  TWO AMERICAN THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLDS MEET BY CHANCE ON THE STAR FERRY PIER IN HONG KONG AND FORGE A SILENT, UNSHAKABLE BOND. THEY ARE BOTH HEADED FOR A UNIQUE BOARDING SCHOOL ON NEARBY LANTAU ISLAND, BUT THE REAL ADVENTURE LIES AHEAD IN AN ACTION-PACKED CHASE THROUGH CHINA TO RESCUE CRITICALLY ENDANGERED PLOWSHARE TORTOISES AND BUST A MAJOR SMUGGLING RING OUT OF AFRICA. 

FOR MORE DETAILS ON BOOK #1 VISIT:  WWW.STEINSERIES.NET

 

GWEN MANFRIN -  ILLUSTRATOR, BOOK #1

SHERRY DISCOVERED GWEN MANFRIN'S WORK AT THE ANDREA SCHWARTZ GALLERY IN SAN FRANCISCO SOON AFTER COMPLETING THE FIRST DRAFT OF LUCY & JAMES: THE SHANGHAI SIX. 

SHE ASKED GWEN IF SHE WOULD DO A FEW PORTRAITS OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS, AND FROM HER INITIAL SKETCHES (USING MODELS OF THE SAME AGE), WAS AMAZED BY HOW PERFECTLY SHE CAPTURED THE CHARACTERS - FROM THE DETAILS OF THE CLOTHING TO THE SUBTLETIES OF FACIAL EXPRESSIONS.

AN ACCLAIMED ARTIST IN REALISTIC FIGURATIVE ILLUSTRATION, GWEN'S WORK BRILLIANTLY EXPLORES RAW HUMAN EMOTIONS, ESPECIALLY THE VULNERABILITY MIXED WITH STRENGTH FOUND IN TEENAGERS.

SEE MORE OF GWEN MANFRIN'S WORK:  www.spellboundillustration.com  /    www.GCManfrin.com

BELOW: SEE A GALLERY OF HER WORK FOR

LUCY & JAMES: The Shanghai Six   (scroll right to see all)

                                                                                                 

 
                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                 

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