SeaBEAN Trilogy – Sarah Holding
“What if you could walk into a high-tech, wired classroom with a passel of eager kids and head off to anyplace on the planet, taking the classroom with you? That’s the premise of SeaBEAN, a fine sci-fi environmental fantasy.” – Joe Follansbee
SeaBEAN: the Trilogy, a fast-paced time travel story aimed at the middle grade reader (8-14 years old), which also appeals to the YA reader is an exciting example of what’s become known in recent years as ‘clifi’ or climate fiction. It was warmly received in the UK and internationally when the first part of the trilogy, SeaBEAN appeared in 2013, and is now being used as a class reading book in several UK schools.
Republished in one volume for the first time, featuring all three books: SeaBEAN, SeaWAR and SeaRISE, this new compendium edition also includes a chilling epilogue that casts new light on Alice’s increasingly desperate attempt to set the world to rights.
Life for Alice and the five other children living on the remote Scottish island of St Kilda was challenging enough, but when the C-Bean, a strange time travel device shows up and they discover only Alice can control it, their whole world changes. The C-Bean transports them far and wide to New York, Australia and the Amazon rainforest, and soon leads them to realise there are forces at work that have put the whole planet in jeopardy. Caught up in the dizzying whirl of time travel, where they arrive by accident in the past and are later imprisoned against their will in the future, Alice and her friends find themselves at the mercy of a motley crew of animals, prisoners, cyborgs and orphans. It’s only when her desperate attempts to get back to her own time seem doomed, that Alice finally sees the truth and finds the courage to act.
“There is a great sense that as something happens at one place, it then can have an effect at the other side of the world. The feeling that everything is connected is exciting and acceptable to children, and the story illustrates a need to be aware of environmental issues and crimes against nature. The book is very quirky and funny” – Janette Skinner
About the Author
Having worked as postman, an architect, a university professor and an urban development consultant, Sarah Holding is now a full-time children’s author, juggling writing with looking after a family of three children.
They live in London in a funny old house with a leaning tower. When she’s not writing she’s singing, and when she’s not singing, she’s playing sax in her jazz band.
Sarah says she knew there would always come a time when the abandoned island of St Kilda would feature somewhere in her life, little thinking it would be the setting for her first children’s book.
“The book educates children in environmental issues and it does it in a very enjoyable manner while telling an interesting story. Not just children, it entertains the elders and educates them too.” – Hemant Jain