Sue Oaks â€˜Shortsightedâ€™, a short story for 10-14 year olds, with teaching resources, touches on topics that will resonate with this age group
Online PR News – 04-April-2012 – Taipei, Taiwan – MetaPlume, a leading digital publishing company, announces its first fiction eBook, â€˜Shortsightedâ€™, written by Sue Oaks, an emerging Australian writer.
Set in rural South Australia, â€˜Shortsightedâ€™ relates the story of twelve year old Tobyâ€™s loss and acceptance. Sue Oaks establishes Tobyâ€™s world in a small town, his family and his new high school, and takes the reader on a journey as Toby comes to terms with some unexpected and grave news.
â€˜Shortsightedâ€™ is best suited to readers in years 5-8 (10-14 year olds). It touches on many themes that young readers will relate to such as relationships with parents, settling into high school and resilience.
The 7000 word short story is presented in nine chapters and the eBook comes with an extensive list of comprehension, response and project exercises. Classrooms and libraries equipped with tablets or eReaders will find the menu system easy to follow, allowing the teacher to assign work and discussion on a chapter by chapter basis with ease.
â€˜Shortsightedâ€™ is now available on Amazon at USD 1.99.
About Sue Oakes
Sue Oaks lives on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. She was formerly known as Sue Schmid and under this name she taught English in Mildura, Melbourne and Mornington, until choosing social work as her main career.
Sue has enjoyed writing since she was in primary school, and she recalls winning an award for a poem she wrote called 'The Swagman'.
'The swagman is a funny man,
He eats and drinks from a billy-can,
He carries a swag and wears a cork-on-string hat and
It's not very often that a swaggy gets fat.
He roams through the country
With the mozzies and flies
And never eats a proper meal
And gets no rest till the day he dies.'
Sue spent four years living in a little house in the Whipstick Forest, just outside of Eaglehawk (North-Central Victoria), and she has many strong memories of this time, many of which can be found dotted throughout her stories. Introduced to the joy of reading as a toddler, she avidly devoured as many books as she could, drinking up authors like Dr Seuss, Enid Blyton (the Far-away Tree series), Judy Blume and in early teen years, Virginia Andrews!
Enjoying English throughout her schooling, Sue chose to complete an Arts Degree majoring in Literature, and followed this up with a teaching method in the subject. Finding herself spending more time teaching other subjects and walking the rounds of yard duty, Sue became somewhat disillusioned with teaching and decided to spend time doing things she loved instead, choosing to study writing and then begin a degree in social work.
Sue discovered that she particularly loved writing short-stories and that writing for children and adolescents came naturally. She entered a number of competitions, two of which resulted in prizes and publication - 'Secrets', a short story compilation published by Ginninderra Press and 'Slippery When Wet, Edition 7'published by Australian Roadside Services, which she found very encouraging.
Despite working full time as a Family Solutions Case Manager with Anglicare Victoria(a role which she loves), Sue manages to write every day. She keeps an active blog 'Hey, don't crush the wildflowers' (http://sue-oaks.blogspot.com.au/and is currently working on a number of pieces, both fiction and non-fiction. She has recently written a teaching unit on the subject of Bulimia, which has been published in the 'Smart and Safe Mental Health' series by Blake Education in 2012.
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