Home is Within: Educational Activities

In Home, a young Sudeten German girl and her family are expelled from their home and forced to give up their belongings and their freedom, until they eventually find a safe passage across the seas to Australia. This poignant, uplifting and hopeful story by Karen Hendriks, combined with the hauntingly evocative illustrations by Alisa Knatko, READ MORE

Let’s Talk about Home – Interview with Karen Hendriks

Karen Hendriks reveals what ‘Home’ really means to her in this fascinating and inspiring interview about the book and the link to her family’s past. Thanks, Karen! 🙂 Karen, congratulations on the release of your heart-rending, poignant picture book, Home! Briefly, tell us what this story is about. War ends, yet its dark shadow remains. READ MORE

#BookReview: Home by Karen Hendriks and Alisa Knatko

#BookReview: Home, Karen Hendriks (author), Alisa Knatko (illus.), Daisy Lane Publishing, July 2021. Blurb: War ends, yet its dark shadow remains. A family is forced to flee their home. As they journey through hunger, long cold nights, and homelessness, a heart locket whispers words of hope. And a country that’s far away, calls for those READ MORE

A Family Connection to HOME – Article by Karen Hendriks

My new picture book HOME was inspired by my family heritage. While writing Home and researching facts and history I discovered more about my family heritage then I could ever imagine. I had always felt that there was a deep sadness inside my Oma from the loss of her family home in Wunschendorf, Czechoslovakia. She READ MORE

A #BookGiveaway we call HOME

Tell us what ‘Home’ means to you for your CHANCE to WIN!  **UPDATE: COMPETITION NOW CLOSED**  Home is a richly poignant and hopeful story written and illustrated evocatively with tenderness and light. Derived from a true, personal author story, it delves deeply into our hearts and souls, illuminating the strength of those from the past who paved the READ MORE

Featuring Karen Hendriks at HOME

#home #bookcampaign #booksontourpr It’s such a pleasure to welcome back Karen Hendriks, returning to our blog following her previous book campaigns for Go Away, Foxy Foxy, and Feathers. Now, we have the honour of exploring a personal journey of the sacrifice Karen’s own family endured after World War 2, in a stunning tribute of hope READ MORE

The Importance of Teaching Students about Totalitarian Ideologies by Jason K. Foster

#hadamarthehouseofshudders #bookcampaign #booksontourpr Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana In writing Hadamar I wanted students to think about the importance of their own education. I wanted to highlight both the importance of children to a society but equally how a totalitarian society will attempt to indoctrinate its READ MORE

#BookReview: Hadamar: The House of Shudders by Jason K Foster

Hadamar: The House of Shudders, Jason K. Foster (text), Big Sky Publishing, May 2019. Blurb: A bastard, a shame, a national disgrace. Nazi Germany is ruled by Hitler’s barbaric policies of racial cleansing. Ingrid Marchand’s only sin was to be born black. Horrifying institutions like Hadamar are where the undesirables – including the mentally and READ MORE

Featured Author: Jason K. Foster

#hadamarthehouseofshudders #bookcampaign #booksontourpr We’re more than thrilled to welcome a new face to our blog with a gripping book campaign, featuring author – teacher, Jason K. Foster and his latest harrowing, new novel for young adults, Hadamar: The House of Shudders. WARNING! Prepare yourselves for an emotive and profound piece of history brought to light. READ MORE