Set in the South Pacific Ocean on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef; follow the thrilling story of Wave, a young female green turtle, from her birth on a tropical night through her perilous adventures with boyfriend, Web. Together they face many natural and man-made hazards including sharks, storms and pollution.
Each page is beautifully illustrated with exquisite attention to detail and a text to delight and amuse children and adults alike.
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One of five children, Richard was born in Swindon, Wiltshire. His father was a RAF pilot who had served with distinction during WWII. His family immigrated to Fremantle, Western Australia where Richard finished high school. He joined the Royal Australian Air Force and trained as a pilot. He served for nine years, including an operational tour in Vietnam after which he flew C-130 Hercules transports and later passenger jets for Ansett Airlines.
Despite a successful aviation career, Richard always wanted to pursue his interest in art. Leaving flying in 2006, he completed a Diploma of Visual Art at Tewantin TAFE and graduated with a BA at the University of the Sunshine Coast, majoring in creative writing and design. A Tale of Two Turtles is Richard’s second work to be published by Abela Publishing.
Wave and Web are two teenage turtles living happily in the waters around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Their only real worry is dodging tiger sharks, which they seem to be managing pretty well until one day they’re confronted by an even bigger marine creature – a juvenile humpback whale called Davo.
He tells them of his adventures on the annual whale migration from Antarctica to warmer, tropical waters, explaining the dangers of large sharks, orcas and worse still – human whalers. Finally Davo continues his journey northwards leavings the turtles to ponder the marvel of such an enormous gentle giant before they return to the safety of the reef that protects them from predators.
As with the prequel, A Tale of Two Turtles, Richard Marman’s illustrations are colourfully vibrant while his fast, entertaining narration challenges the need and justification for whaling in the 21st Century, ensuring enjoyable and thought-provoking reading for children and adults alike.