Clare McAlaney is author of Periplus Best Seller, Bali Soul Journals and takes the insights she gained from her travels around Bali interviewing locals, to a younger voice. She weaves in cultural observations with environmental concerns in a way that will keep readers wanting to turn page after page.
288 pages. Suits young reader to adult (from 8-9 years of age and upwards). ISBN 978-0-9923736-2-7
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The Bootongs of Bali
The fantastic tale of a young Balinese duck who races against time to find his fallen ancestral home, the Kingdom of Ducktopia, to unlock the answers to restore balance to Bali and the planet before it is too late...Classic adventure-fantasy with an environmental message, by an author with an original storytelling voice that will appeal to young readers and parents alike.
CHEEKY lives an idyllic life by a pond in Bali with his family of orphaned ducks, the Bootongs, cared for by Suki. Life’s turned upside down when he stumbles onto a secret meeting held by the leader of the fish, Agung. He learns of a royal heritage, a fallen Kingdom and of the future of Bali – its environment and culture threatened by rampant development.
When Cheeky is caught eavesdropping, plans are propelled forward and he is commanded to recover an old Manuscript from the ruins of the Kingdom of Ducktopia which contain the answers to not only save Bali, but the rest of the planet. But, he's followed by sibling Spotty, who carries bitterness from his past, believing that as the son of an exiled Prince, brother to the long-reigning King of Ducktopia, that he is the rightful King to the fallen throne.
Cheeky sets off on a journey around Bali to report back to island elders the extent of change on the island. He is visited by ghosts of the past in his dreams, who show him a beautiful world that they must fight to restore. Along the way, he meets Star, an endangered White Starling and a number of other friends who help him with his quest. But meanwhile, Shadow, the spirit of darkness, lurks wherever he goes and threatens Cheeky’s mission.
Finally he makes it to the volcanic mountain of Agung and discovers a bead called Eye that sees the past and the future, and wards off evil. With Eye by his side, he enters a new realm and finally discovers the fallen Kingdom of Ducktopia.
But on his tail is Spotty and Shadow. As Bali's future looks as though it is shuddering to an end, there is a desperate bid to unlock the Manuscript with a final key. In a shattering conclusion, evil forces seek to take control, as whoever is the first to unlock it will receive the ultimate prize - rulership of the Kingdom of Ducktopia and effectively, the island.
The Bootongs of Bali is a tale that reminds us that we only have one planet. There are two paths - preservation and repair, or destruction. Cheeky and his family take us on a tour of not just Bali but its culture and the beauty of the Paradise island seen through their eyes.
This is a fast-paced tale that will leave young readers intrigued and with an indelible desire to help make a difference.
With beautiful illustrations by Clare McAlaney, this is a book that will take a treasured place on your bookshelf.