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Cpl Ron's Borneo Warrior Rescue

Corporal Ron’s Borneo Warrior Rescue is an adventure story that should appeal to boys aged 9 plus, as well as eco-wariors. It is a unique, fast-paced story about a fascinating country and a long forgotten “secret” war.  Featuring Ron, a Royal Air Force (RAF) radio operator working amongst the Dayaks of Borneo, the story follows the perilous mission that Ron and two young warriors undertake through the rainforest.  Along the way they must each face challenges while learning about the others cultures and the ways of the jungle.


Borneo Warrior Rescue is also a great introduction to one of our rare rainforests: Borneo and its people, flora and fauna.  This well-researched war-time story has drama, wit and fun.  Information panels, at the end of each section, highlight the plight of the plants and endangered species such as orang utans.

The story is a work of fiction, but was written as a tribute to the author's father, who was in the RAF in Borneo.   The stories he shared inspired many of the events covered.  Readers of all ages will find this a vivid, informative and enjoyable book.


Book Includes:

Unique historically themed adventure story.
Environmental facts and stats for plants and animals of Borneo.

Vintage photographs from Borne
o.
This book is aimed at children (9 years +) and educators.
Support for charity.
Available as low cost eBook or printer paperback.

Link to LULU site below to read first chapter FREE.



Charity Support

This book has been written as a tribute to the author's father, Ronald A K Chidgey, who served in he RAF for 25 years. 

We have chosen to support Help for Heroes as they are a charity that we have great respect for, please consider donating to them as well.


Visit our charity page here:
www.bmycharity.com/SandraArthurBooks







More about Corporal Ron's Borneo Warrior Rescue

Responding to the lack of good material for boys to read, I have just completed a jungle adventure book for boys aged nine plus.  Taking on board the notion that many boys are typically reluctant readers.   It features soliders, warriors, follows an exciting, fast paced jungle adventure.  It includes facts and statistic about flora and fauna.  It also includes a variety of vintage photographs of helicopters, animals and warriors thereby I hope checking off all the correct boxes to appeal to boys.       It has been read by a group of parents/librarians in USA, who have agreed to list it as a book for boys to read on their website.  Better still it has been read by boys in the 9-12 age group who have all given me great and positive feedback.  You can judge for yourself – the first chapter is available free on preview at the following link or you can download a low cost pdf book at lulu.com

Corporal Ron’s Borneo Warrior Rescue

eBook/PDF: http://www.lulu.com/shop/sandra-s-c-arthur/corporal-rons-borneo-warrior-rescue-ebookpdf/ebook/product-20372379.html

Book:http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/corporal-rons-borneo-warrior-rescue/18952433

I’m now busy working to develop this for the iPad, that will include music, video and more photographs that I hope will appeal to even the most reluctant reader.

Let me know what you think!


Further background to how I wrote this book

As a kid’s book writer and mother of twin boys, I have been especially interested to figure out how to get boys to read books.

Statistically boys in general are reluctant readers. It’s not difficult to understand why this might be. Boys like to be active, play with their friends and to have fun and fool around. Sitting static and staring at paper does not easily appeal.

I read about a very progressive school in the USA, which has taken note, and allows boys to lie around on bean bags, rather than sitting upright at a desk to do their school work!

Allowing boys to move, have fun whilst at the same time learning. The key here is to make learning fun.

With that in mind I have set out to write a book that will appeal to mainly boys. I want them to have fun and enjoy my book, in the hope that this will lead them to explore other titles. Clearly there are already some very good books, but teachers and parents are always complaining there is insufficient material. I also had another mission, and that was to write a book as a tribute to my father, who definitely helped me to become a huge book lover.

Ahead of writing, I conducted some unscientific research and asked a few boys what they like to read and why. I also visited my local library to see what books my kids would select, with no guidance. Plus, to also have a sneak look at what other boys were picking off the shelves!

The clichés are spot on. It’s official: boys love stories that involve pirates, dinosaurs, cars, sport, war, fighting, space, facts, figures, spy/thriller style books. The feedback I received was that they love stories that include action – the more the better, and prefer and relate less to emotion or love novels. For many, they like to imagine that they are the hero in the story – so explorers on cool missions (huskie dogs racing to the south pole), detective style stories (such as Tin Tin), adventures in outer space are all winners.


Another attribute that boys tend to love from books, are those that make them laugh. Books with jokes, funny pictures, or crazy situations are hugely popular. Hence all the cartoon style books, inventors, Dr Seuss titles and so forth are hugely popular as well.

Boys tend to like stories that conjur up an image of what they might like to be when they grow up. (Archaeologist finding treasure, Sailing around the world, finding new species in the jungle, Solider, etc) Or they enjoy a story that perhaps matches their dream (to fly to Mars, making gold, travelling back in time, etc.). In short, a darn good adventure, with a great hero and if possible a few interesting facts thrown in.

So with all those points, I have set out to produce what I hope will be a great book for boys (and eco-warriors!).

The book is loosely based on some of my father's experiences whilst working in Borneo.  He was an excellent raconteur, who could always spin an amusing story and make everyone laugh.  I hope that I've been able to capture some of those elements into Cpl Ron's Borneo Warrior Rescue and ultimately my goal is to help boys love to read.


More about orangutans

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
Corporal Ron's Borneo Warrior Rescue is rapidly becoming a hit with fans all over the world.

Don't take our word for it - here's what people are saying:-

I absolutely loved your book and will definitely be promoting it to our Educational website.  What a wonderful gesture on your part to donate your time to educate children on the plight of the orangutan. They need everyone’s help.              
Vicki C. Australian Orangutan Project, Perth, Australia.


Action-packed and full of life, this military adventure story will appeal most to boys of all ages.   I loved it, and I’m sure anyone who likes a well-spun historically based story will also.   Ed A. France. 


It's amazing what you can learn about Borneo from picking up one of your books! Lisa, Birmingham, UK.


An enjoyable, fast-paced story, with drama, wit and fun that has been well researched.  The information panels help to highlight the plight of the beautiful and endangered orang utans.   Maria C., Ipswich, UK

 

Cpl Ron’s Borneo Warrior Rescue is an entertaining book about a fascinating country and long forgotten “secret” war.  It’s also a great introduction to learn more about our rainforests.  Steve L, UK

 

The blending of facts, photos and catchy tales is really good.  As an educational tool, with everything supplied to the teacher, it is a very good bet.  Dr Diane A, Kingston, Canada.

 

Sandra has done a fantastic job with her kids book to help build the awareness about the sad reality for many of Borneo's animals, I'd encourage you all to get behind Sandra and the animals of Borneo before its too late!                          

Gary S. Melbourne, Australia.

 

I applaud your efforts. I think it’s absolutely wonderful that you’re reaching out to children to teach them about conservation for the sake of wildlife and the world.  Avril O., Kanata, Canada.

 

This is a very good story- I enjoyed it and will forward it to our year 2 teacher who will be doing a rainforest topic later in the year.      

Denise G, Tequisquiapan, Mexico.


Sandra SC Arthur's book will be just right for the fact and adventure reading 9 - 12 year age group. They devour facts about their world and really care about animals and their welfare and the ecological challenges.  Eco-Warriors is a very descriptive word for their interests and activities.  Sandra Arthur's book shows her devotion to Orangutans,  World Extinctions of Species,  Borneo itself and her family. Her philanthropic goals are outstanding and the readers will be anxious to contribute in any way possible and to spread the word on the fate of the animals.    Adults need to know these facts as much as the children.  I had no idea at all when Sandra Arthur began her writings a few years ago, and in general North Americans get little information about what is happening in Borneo.
Catherine M., Ontario Canada.


The Next Big Thing…

New junior fiction book for boys and eco warriors

 

I was cleaning out my filing system when I found this interview form.  Called The Next Big Thing.  I believe this form is distributed to authors writing new novels to allow them to share more details about their work.

 

I forgot to share my responses, but as they say, it’s never too late.

 

 

Interview about the Next Big Thing – just for fun.

 

 

What is the working title of your book?

Corporal Ron’s Borneo Warrior Rescue

Other titles did exist along the way but I will stick with this one!

 

Where did the idea for the book come from?

The inspiration to write this book was (a) to serve as a tribute to my late father, Ronald AK Chidgey who served in the RAF for 25 years and who did indeed work in Borneo and (b) to weave in environmental information about the unique country of Borneo in order to highlight the plight of the orangutan.

 

Why did you write this book?

Beyond making a tribute to my late father I wanted to address the lack of good material for boys to read.   I also wanted to raise funds for charity and, as mentioned above, I wanted to highlight the plight of the animals living in Borneo. 

 

Taking on board the notion that many boys are typically reluctant readers, the story features soldiers, warriors, and follows an exciting, fast paced jungle adventure.  It includes facts and statistic about flora and fauna.  It also includes a variety of vintage photographs of helicopters, animals and warriors thereby I hope checking off all the correct boxes to appeal to boys.

 

For charity - I chose to support The UK Orangutan Appeal and Help for Heroes as they are charities that I have great respect fo
You can visit my website  http://www.SandraArthurBooks.com

 

What genre does your book fall under?

Junior fiction

Early readings of the draft book offered positive feedback from adults  as well (assuming they had an interest in Borneo and environmental topics).

 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Wow, that would be something special.  I think a young Pierce Brosnan would have been perfect for the role of Corporal Ron, but sadly he is too old for that part today.  So someone like Aaron Taylor-Johnson could be an ace actor to choose for the part.  Any offers or interest to produce?!

 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

It is a unique, fast-paced story about a fascinating country and a long forgotten “secret” war. 

 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I will self-publish via LULU.com

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I conducted a lot of research to get all the background facts correct.  Sadly my father had died just before I commenced this project, so I was unable to ask him for a reminder of all his adventures.  I therefore tried to find people who may have know my Dad or conducted a similar role in the RAF to secure more information.  Also I was anxious to ensure that the information about the unique rainforest, the secret war and the life of the Borneo Dayaks was as factually correct as possible.  I originally wrote the manuscript in a couple of weeks.  It sat around for a couple of years and then I dusted it off and added and edited it for another two or three months.

 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Every book is unique but some titles that share some elements that I was trying to capture in my store include:

 

Samurai Kids: White Crane by Sandy Fussell

The detail, the cultural and historical referencing share a common theme to my book.

Another would be:-

The Young Samurai by Chris Bradford

His tense action-packed story is well loved by boys.  I was too timid to go as far as Chris does in his fighting scenes  (one feedback I received from my son was that was not enough fighting or killing in my book…) but I do believe my story has some elements such as the historical background to my warriors and the fast paced

 

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

As I mentioned above my father's experiences whilst working in Borneo provided the initial inspiration for me to write this story.  He was an excellent raconteur, who could always spin an amusing story and make everyone laugh.  I hope that I've been able to capture some of those elements into Cpl Ron's Borneo Warrior Rescue and ultimately my goal is to help boys love to read.  Sadly my father died before I wrote the book – I think he would be chuffed to learn that he was the inspiration for this novel.

 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

 

At the end of each chapter I have included some facts and stats about Borneo wildlife.  There is also a primate fact file at the end of the book.

 

Do you have any early reviews to share:

 

A group of parents/librarians in Seattle, USA, who have read it have approved its content and quality of writing.  They now list it as a good book for boys to read on their website. 

 

A couple of early reviews:

Cpl Ron’s Borneo Warrior Rescue is an entertaining book about a fascinating country and long forgotten “secret” war.  It’s also a great introduction to learn more about our rainforests.  Steve L, UK

 

Sandra Arthur’s book, Cpl Ron’s Borneo Warrior Rescue will be just right for the fact and adventure reading 9 - 12 year age group. They devour facts about their world and really care about animals and their welfare and the ecological challenges.  Eco-Warriors is a very descriptive word for their interests and activities.  Sandra Arthur's book shows her devotion to Orangutans,  World Extinctions of Species,  Borneo itself and her family. Her philanthropic goals are outstanding and the readers will be anxious to contribute in any way possible and to spread the word on the fate of the animals.    Adults need to know these facts as much as the children.  I had no idea at all when Sandra Arthur began her writings a few years ago, and in general North Americans get little information about what is happening in Borneo.”  Catherine M, Canada.

 

You can peek inside and read some of the pages here

PREVIEW CORPORAL RON HERE


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