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Marcus and the Amazons (Blue Mountain Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1533 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Mabrak Books; First Edition edition (June 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054R9RCG
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Geoffrey Philp, an author from Jamaica, has written three children's books, Marcus and the Amazons (Mabrak Books, 2011),Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories (Mabrak Books, 2012), and The Christmas Dutch Pot Baby (Mabrak Books,2012); two collections of short stories, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien (Peepal Tree,1997) and Who's Your Daddy? (Peepal Tree,2009); a novel, Benjamin, My Son (Peepal Tree, 2003); and five poetry collections, Exodus and Other Poems (University of the Virgin Islands Press, 1990), Florida Bound (Peepal Tree, 1995), Hurricane Center (Peepal Tree, 1998), Xango Music (Peepal Tree, 2001), and Dub Wise (Peepal Tree, 2010).A graduate of the University of Miami, where he earned an MA in English, Philp teaches creative writing at Miami Dade College. He posts interviews, fiction, poetry, podcasts, and literary events from the Caribbean and South Florida on his blog

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Hadley on June 10, 2011
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After reading the first few pages of the story of Marcus and The Amazons...I found it to be very interesting with great art work. Children and the young at heart (like me) will enjoy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rethabile Masilo on July 1, 2011
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I could hang tens of other names on the character of Marcus, in Geoffrey Philp's book, Marcus and the Amazons (Blue Mountain Series), but Marcus is perhaps the better fit after all. He reminds me of people that have in some way or another crossed and influenced my life, in Africa and on every other continent. If my children have not lived through what people of my generation lived through, I'd be happy if they lived through this book.

In that respect, Marcus and the Amazons has a dose of everything for all of us. I relate to it as an adult and identify with the characters, yet it is no historical account but a well-crafted fictional account of "folks" living their lives, in their town (colony) and countryside whose scenery is painted (in words as well as in visual imagery) enough to appeal to all, grown-up and child.

Marcus and the Amazons makes me feel right and (yes) triumphant in its ability to portray characters and events which, as I have said, ring true to life. Here's an example. When I went to the USA I was a young man just exiled from Lesotho and having just tasted South Africa's apartheid jails under the then Pass Law system. I was a young political mind with clear ideas and a budding desire to end injustice in the world.

A few years later, I was ashamed to find myself considering whether freedom fighters in Southern Africa were or were not terrorists. The media in America had worked on my subconscious and made me wonder about one of my strongest convictions: South Africans had done everything possible for peaceful change in the region, to no avail, and therefore the only channels left were sabotage and the militarisation of the population.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CZass on July 19, 2011
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There are plenty of things most of us parents would like to pass on to our children, yet we are seldom certain how we should go about it. Sure, we could set an example for them, respect their opinions, leave them enough space to develop on their own. But you can also sit at their bedside and read to them.
A very fine book to read before bedtime, or at any other hour of the day, is Marcus and the Amazons ' the story of a young ant, Marcus, on a journey of self discovery that leads him, as part of the process, to become his people's savior.
Marcus, who goes to the forest and comes back a different being, is summoned to save the village from a terrible peril, must make weighty choices and fight a battle with instruments that are alien to his own companions.
Marcus's journey is more than a mere walk from his village to the forest and back. More than a youth bildungsroman. One might call it a journey through history. As Marcus's story unfolds in front of us, we see a parallel tale of world history.
Interweaving "history" and "story," especially in a children book, is not an easy task. But Geoffrey Philp succeeds in blending the specific and the universal with outstanding skill: historic moments are told as parts of a personal story of one child narrating it to another, in a language that is easily accessible to kids.

Indeed, the book can be read on various levels and from different perspectives, making the reading enjoyable for both children and grownups. While children will no doubt be holding their breath in expectation for the next plot twist, to learn how Marcus, the new champion of a non-violence creed, will lead his people to regain control of their village, adults are certain to find pleasure in detecting historical or classical references.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bess on July 13, 2011
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Honeydew - I can just imagine the taste of cold, sweet, Honeydew? In Geoffrey Philp's latest eBook, Marcus and the Amazons, Honeydew is the drink of choice among the Formicas and the Amazons. The Formicas and the Amazons represent the two main groups in an insect society consisting of Formicidaes and Aphids. Marcus and the Amazons explores the theme of oppression and the effects it has on the oppressed population, who have, in some ways, come to accept it as a way of life. The story focuses on the oppressed Formicas who are ruled by the larger and more numerous Amazons.

The protagonist of the story, Marcus, returns from the forest to save his captured love, Amy, and the lives of his fellow Formicas. However, Marcus is met with violent resistance from the mean Queen Victoria of the Amazons and her cruel crony, Captain Bull O'Grady. The story is universal. There are many examples in history where one group oppresses another. For instance, the captain of the Amazons, Bull O'Grady, brought to mind the openly racist commissioner of Birmingham, Alabama during the 1960s Civil Rights movement, Bull Connor. I also easily connected our hero, Marcus, to past heroes such as the American Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., former South African President, Nelson Mandela, and the National Jamaican hero, Samuel Sharpe.

Marcus and the Amazons can be fantastic teaching tool for the classroom. The story is an ideal platform for many classroom discussions such as the effects of oppression, war, prejudice, racism, politics, and unity to name a few. For smaller children, it addresses themes such as friendship, loyalty, and kindness. It also raises important questions that are typically overlooked in today's individualistic and passive society.
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