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Being Brave

A novel and guide
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What do you do when the voice in your head tells you you’re wrong? You say something silly and the other kids laugh at you? You want to speak up but don’t have enough courage. Ellie and Alyssa have been best friends since pre-school. One chatty, one shy, one adventurous, one considered, one Australian, one with Chinese heritage, both supportive and giving. It’s easy together. Then they change schools. They have to rely on themselves. It’s hard. Ellie’s lost her heart. There’s her little sister and her busy working parents to deal with on her own. She feels unsure about herself. Alyssa is going from lesson to lesson, doing what she’s told, afraid to step out. One day, Ellie’s had enough. She wanders off during a museum visit and discovers a mythical golden Ayrebird exhibit. The myth says if you see an Ayrebird, it brings you luck! Perhaps if the girls can find the bird, they can find Ellie’s heart. Ellie and Alyssa devise a plan. With their backpacks filled with meaningful objects, they set out on a camping trip in search of the Ayrebird. They encounter obstacles, setbacks and frightening creatures amid the beauty of the Australian bushland, and find their courage as well.
Authors: Sema Musson and Hester Leung Sema and Hester live with their families in neighbouring suburbs of Sydney. With their life and work experiences, Sema and Hester know that developing a personal tool kit helps to provide support in whatever girls choose to do in their lives. When Sema is not writing, she leads a team of professionals improving governance and conduct in a leading financial services organisation. She is the deputy chair and director of one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit providers of childcare and early education services. Sema is also an executive coach on ethics. As for Hester, previously a corporate and financial services lawyer, she is now working on developing disability and social housing. Hester is also on the governing body of a women and children’s shelter located in south-east Sydney. Sema and Hester are both passionate about their daughters growing up to be strong, confident and courageous women, and this influences their story-telling. If Sema and Hester were at the same pre-school (impossible because Sema was born in Western Australia and Hester in Hong Kong), they would definitely have begun their friendship then. Luckily for them, their daughters did attend the same pre-school and became the best of friends. That’s how this book and the ideas behind it all started. Illustrator: Jelena Sinik Jelena Sinik is a talented, award-winning animated filmmaker, designer and illustrator from Sydney. In 2018, Jelena was commissioned by a Sydney studio as a 2D Character Animator for the award-winning Customs House projection show in VIVID 2018. She also teaches at the School of Arts Media at UNSW. Jelena has won several awards for her animated films and has been festival-screened internationally numerous times. She has most recently won the 2018 ATOM Award for Best Tertiary Animation in Australia for her UTS graduate film 'On'.
* Being Brave is a personal development journey told through an engaging adventure fantasy story with inspiring illustrations and guides. It’s written from the alternating perspectives of two friends, through digital messages, conversations and storytelling. * It’s written for 8 - 12 year-old girls and their parents, carers and educators who want to guide girls to access their bravery, and to be strong and independent. * The book was written to engage young readers in recognising their worries and self-doubt through the characters in Being Brave who let readers into their own vulnerabilities. It aims to show readers that being brave is hard, but not impossible, when armed with the right tools and support. * It is both a novel and guide to being brave. This is an on-trend and important topic for today’s growing tween girls. * A full PR campaign focusing on both parents of tween girls and tween girls themselves commencing in August, as well as a full social media campaign commencing in June for book launch in September. * PR will ramp up and focus on Christmas sales in 2019 and back to school sales early in 2020. * A second campaign is also planned around International Women’s Day commencing in February 2020.
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