Alison Neuman's young adult spy novel provides inspiration this holiday season
TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - Canadian writer & lyricist Alison Neuman is encouraging everyone to make this holiday season one for the books. Her latest spy novel for young adults - Ice Rose - delivers an inspired message of hope and helping others -- it's the perfect holiday gift idea.
"Alison Neuman's Ice Rose is a triumph that will take you on an emotional journey you'll never forget," said Jeff Rivera, author of Forever My Lady.
The Gift of Words
This holiday season give the gift of words; motivating words that encourages children to strive for their dreams.
In her pursuit to help children achieve their dreams, Neuman inspires readers to never give up through the eyes of protagonist Elissa Morris in this spy novel for young adults. Confined to a wheelchair due to an explosion at her father's studio, a young teen (Morris) sets out to uncover the truth about her father's disappearance.
"Alison Neuman's perseverance and passion for writing are an inspiration for us all," said Curtis Gillespie, Canadian author (Playing Through and Someone Like That) and recipient of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.
A Young Girl's Quest to Uncover the Truth
Ice Rose is a captivating tale of a young teen - Elissa Morris - an energetic, tireless girl with dreams of becoming a dancer. After a mysterious explosion at her father's recording studio leaves her confined to a wheelchair, Elissa sets out to find her now missing father - the infamous musician, Christopher Morris. A series of clues and slowly exposed secrets lead Elissa to the Madisyn Academy, a secret agent training school. There she must overcome not only her physical limitations, but her recent sense of betrayal and her fear of failure in order to rescue her father against all odds.
It was Neuman's struggle with her own physical and emotional hurdles that allowed her to give such texture and depth to this intriguing spy story. Diagnosed with a rare illness at a young age, Neuman (also confined to a wheelchair) has a close and personal relationship with our courageous heroine Elissa. Once a young dancer herself, it was Neuman's determination, imagination and sense of humour that helped fulfill her dreams. Elissa is in many ways a mirror of Neuman's past experiences.
…'Elissa wanted to look away from the video but couldn't stop watching the girl dancing and smiling. She found herself smiling as she remembered being on the stage, in that moment… It was hard for her to remember her body gliding effortlessly and seamlessly across the dance floor. Before the accident, the movement had come so naturally'… Elissa Morris reflects on her life in Ice Rose.
Not only does Neuman draw on her past personal experiences to bring depth to her heroine, she also engages her incredible imagination to develop technology and gadgetry that help the heroine to complete her mission such as a mini-flashlight key ring that emits an electric charge rendering its victims immobile for minutes, a glue stick that releases a quick stream of pepper spray and a ruler called "The Hibernator" that dispels non-lethal gas that will knock out her opponent.
Ice Rose is the perfect holiday gift and retails for $15.95 CAD. It can be purchased in both the soft cover and Kindle version. Visit amazon.com, firesidepubs.com or alisonneuman.ca for more information.
About Alison Neuman
Alison Neuman is a Canadian freelance writer, lyricist and philanthropist. As a child, she was inspired by Nancy Drew and James Bond; the pace of secret agents and detectives gave her an unlimited playground for imagination. This passion, combined with her love of music and performing are evident in her writing and characters.
Neuman's writing has appeared in MacEwan Today, Westword and the Edmonton Journal along with three tracks on the CD release Outside the Window. Co-writing the screenplay adaptation of the book Whale Song with author Cheryl Kaye Tardif exposed her to the world of screenwriting, which she hopes to continue in the future.
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