Ernest Simba

Abandoned as a baby at an orphanage in East Africa, Ernest sets out into the unknown on a perilous adventure, making new friends and facing formidable enemies.

Given the name Simba, meaning lion, Ernest shows courage, strength and fortitude in the face of adversity.

This is an unusual and memorable folk tale in the realm of fantasy but deeply rooted in childhood imagination.

Click HERE to read the author’s moving article from the Forever Angels site and HERE for the site itself. PW: Tanzania Date: April 23rd 2014. Send Ernest’s Facebook on a magical mystery tour.

Author: Catherine Cowell
Age Range: 10+
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Format: ‘B’ paperback
Pages: 208
Word Count: 41,000
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 978-1-908577-43-6
RRP: £6.99
e-Books: £4.99ish

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They were transfixed by another dreadful change, not in the weather, but beneath them, in the lake. It was Aika who noticed it first, and when she called to them, all their hope and playfulness vanished in an instant.

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    Extract: Aika

    Ernest and Musa stared, fascinated by this painfully thin, small person so full of anger and fury. They waited to see what she would do next. It was at this moment that Liwida decided to turn back into her lizard form. Having done her bit to get the girl on board, she now looked expectantly at Ernest as if to say, ‘Well go on then, it’s your turn now.’

    The girl was wary of Liwida, still shocked at seeing a bird transform into a lizard. Her eyes were opened wide and her lips were trembling.

    Fear, as well as anger, was to blame for what she did next. She turned back towards the gangplank, wanting to get off the boat as quickly as possible. Ernest was still sitting there, slightly in her way. She kicked out hard at Ernest’s legs as she passed, causing him to cry out in pain.

    This was a big mistake.

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