Me'ma and the Great Mountain


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Raven Above Press
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5.25 X 0.37 X 8.0 inches | 0.41 pounds
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About the Author

YA author, poet and illustrator, known for his humorous tales and Weird West series The Goodbye Family. Lorin Morgan-Richards charts the paths of weird clouds that pass far overhead and then maps the changes that their rain makes on the lives of people living below.-Dark in the Dark Magazine Lorin Morgan-Richards has a unique tone and style all his own, and the stories are told in a fashion that pulls the casual reader in with wonderful fancy and the magical quality of good story telling. The high quality illustrations are rendered in sharp crisp lines and add to the wonderment instilled by these fanciful tales.-Macabre Cadaver Magazine Lorin Morgan-Richards art reminds me of a modern day Charles Addams or Edward Gorey. He dabbles in the unusual and strange, yet there's just enough of the familiar in his artwork to keep it grounded.-From My Bookshelf


Me'ma and Bright Eye, her wolf companion, lived happily with her grandfather in Sunken Creek, their native village. He taught her about the meaning and value of the purple leaf tree in their lives. But the settlers had arrived and all but destroyed the purple leaf trees, except for those on the Great Mountain. Me'ma also learned she possesses the ability to communicate with animals and the spirit world, a gift from her ancestors. But she does not yet understand it. One terrifying day the evil Baron and his men arrive on horseback and destroy the village and capture the villagers. With the help of Bright Eye, Me'ma escapes with her two purple leaf dolls, Xetacu and Tchesue. Thus begins Me'ma's amazing journey to find safety and a new life on the Great Mountain. Along the way she meets some unusual characters in the animal and spirit world and discovers the secrets of her own special gift. Adventure flows like a river as the struggles and courage of indigenous people are revealed through the eyes of one brave girl. "Me'ma and the Great Mountain" has plenty of humor and peril and peculiar characters to keep young readers fascinated - maybe even awestruck. -Peggy Tibbetts The book is a heroic quest set against the backdrop of destructive colonialism, as a young girl is forced to flee her village home in the wake of greedy settlers mining in the nearby mountains. Here, the author represents vast numbers of real life displaced and annihilated indigenous people, but told through the eyes of a little girl named Me'ma. Morgan-Richards knows the best fantasy fiction isn't safe. His story tackles mature themes in a way that's accessible to youngsters, but doesn't candy-coat the topic. The author presents his themes3/4colonialism, exploitation, and environmentalism3/4in a graspable manner using fantastical characters and creatures. His world is one in which noble animals speak, and humans are often monstrous beasts. While sophisticated youngsters can easily digest the adventure story, it also gives them much to think about in terms of responsible stewardship of the Earth and its inhabitants. To say that the author's ultimate goal is to instill empathy would not be far-fetched. Me'ma is a young villager from Sunken Creek, forced to flee when settlers destroy her home. Accompanied by her pint-sized living dolls, Xetacu and Tchesue, she sets off on a journey beyond the Great Mountain that overlooks their village. Me'ma and her companions hope to find safety beyond the mountain, but must brave the treacherous path through the grand purple mountain to get there. On the way they encounter many strange characters, some benevolent, others not to be trusted. Me'ma must also face the evil Baron, the man responsible for destroying her peoples' way of life. Only Me'ma's resolve can ensure that she and her companions overcome threatening obstacles to reach their destination. Although the story is suitable for children, the author's use of whimsical descriptions and simple dialogue never panders to his audience. At times, Me'ma's journey gets a bit frightening. It would be best for especially sensitive kids if this story were shared with an adult. The world around the Great Mountain may be fantasy, but it's also very similar to our own. The Baron's settlers, in their haste to get rich, destroy the ecosystem and enslave the villagers. The symptoms of their way of life are stealing, lying, and violence. A train is seen as a large and hungry serpent, one that brings more settlers in as it takes resources out. It's certainly dark material, yet the author is able to find a successful balance to keep the story from being a discouraging bummer. - Chris Hallock (ChiZine)