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About Linda L. Zern
"Humor speaks to the intellect and literature speaks to the heart, so said one of my writing professors. I try to write both."
Born in Florida, raised on sunshine and bug spray, I read every cereal box I could find and every book I could get my hands on, and when other people's books ran out, I started writing my own:
Which began with children's chapter books (like MOONCALF, a finalist for the Space Coast Writers' Guild DON ARGO AWARD) to inspirational books (like THE LONG-PROMISED SONG) and to a young adult survival, dystopian trilogy (BEYOND THE STRANDLINE BOOK I, FOLLOWING THE STRANDLINE BOOK II, and KEEPING THE STRANDLINE BOOK III) to my latest and first rural contemporary fantasy (THE GRYPHON'S GLADE, winner of the 2018 DON ARGO AWARD, Excellence in Florida Based Literature).
Linda L. Zern (16Toadstonelane.com & lindalzern.net & firstname.lastname@example.org)
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In the mountains the moon was close, almost close enough to touch. Paw wanted to leave the mountains and go all the way down to Florida to work for the NASA boys and help them build the big steel for their rockets to the moon. It would be money in their pocket and a fresh start for Ruthie. With her maw gone and those nasty Pyat brothers beating on her, Granny thought Florida might be for the best.
But trouble isn't just found on the side of a mountain. Sometimes trouble finds you on a playground or in a classroom. Can Ruthie be tough enough to withstand the bullies down south of the moon?
For Tessla Lane and her sisters the end came a week later. It came on a narrow bridge in the West Virginia Hills when bloody kidnappers ripped their mother out of the family car and out of their lives.
“Make him take you, your father, make him take you to the S-Line! You’ll be safe at the ranch! All the way to your grandfather’s. Go!” It is the last thing Cybill Lane screams as they drag her into the mountains.
But it’s so far . . . And Tess has to grow up fast—for her sisters, for her father—because there are miles and miles of chaos and hunger, desperation and madness between the bridge and safety. Can Tess help her father hold it together long enough to finish their journey down Darker Roads?
Seventeen-year-old Tessla and her teenage sisters, Ally and ZeeZee, live by one rule: don’t venture beyond the perimeter of the family ranch. Years ago, solar flares burned the power grid to ashes, plunging the country into mayhem and instability, but as long as the girls stay behind the line of their grandfather’s property, they remain protected from savagery.
But when the call of the unknown proves too alluring for rebellious Ally to resist, Tessla must enlist mysterious Richmond Parrish to help rescue Ally from the trouble she’s walked into.
The Florida coast is overrun with warring tribes and pirates, and orphaned children-turned-soldiers roam the land.
The quest to find Ally leads Tess and Richmond into the epicenter of this barbaric new world, but even if they find her, now that they’ve left the safety of life at the S-Line Ranch, will they really be able to go back?
Beyond the Strandline is a thrilling story about the struggle to stay human in an inhumane world, the importance of emergency preparedness, the illusion of safety, and the power of love to redeem even the most desperate.
This is a companion unit study guide to the first book in the Strandline Series: Beyond the Strandline. I love a book that makes me want to learn more, do more, and think more, and with that in mind I put together this study guide as a companion to the first book in the Strandline trilogy (Beyond the Strandline). As a teacher, tutor, and homeschool parent, I always appreciate hands-on activities and unit style studies that cover a multitude of subjects (history, science, social studies, language, art, etc.)
This guide is divided into chapters with activities, discussion questions, vocabulary, and more. The LINKS! and RESOURCES! are for convenience but are certainly not comprehensive. The Internet is a wealth of information waiting to be discovered.
DISCOVER (Concepts): Look for and discover ideas and facts that deepen the story and the experience.
DISCUSS (Observation and Discussion): This section is structured in a book club conversational style.
DEFINE (VOCABULARY): Discover new words to build vocabulary.
DRAW/WRITE/SAY (Language, Art, Speech): Students learn to express themselves through written, visual, and auditory projects.
DO: Hands on projects to help cement the ideas and concepts in the chapter(s).
I hope you and your students have a wonderful time discovering the world of the Strandliners and imagining what it might be like to be a hero of a post-apocalyptic reality.
Linda L. Zern
(Author of the Strandline Trilogy):
Beyond the Strandline: Book I
Following the Strandline: Book II
Keeping the Strandline: Book III
Before the Strandline: Puzzle Pieces (A Companion Paperback)
Before, During, and After the Strandline (E-book Short Stories):
“Puppies”, “Darby’s Chickens”, “Storm”, “The Story of Stone”, “Rules”, “To Have and to Hold”, “Kingdom”, "Darker Roads"
Having endured the dangers of Beyond the Strandline, the teenagers of the S-Line Ranch are now exposed to the insanity of postapocalyptic Florida. Seventeen-year-old Tessla Lane has to lead the ranchers against slave traders and evil gangs pushing in from the coast. Richmond Parrish discovers his sisters are part of a group of ex-slave warrior women who have taken over the Marketplace Mall and plan on fighting the gangs. Meanwhile, the ranchers must decide how to respond to a rising tide of orphans wandering the Florida wild.
Tessla juggles all these concerns while trying to keep her family alive and defend the ranch against enemies attacking from all sides. Seven years after society fell apart and with her survivalist grandfather gone, Tessla and the teenagers of the S-Line Ranch are in more danger than ever before.
With a harsh and realistic look at life after the collapse of the power grid, Linda L. Zern’s newest novel spins an exciting, action-packed story about friendship and fighting against the odds. Following the Strandline is the exciting next chapter in the Strandline Series, a saga about the civilized world after all the lights go out.
Waiting for their wings to grow in their traffic light above Middle Street, Gennis, Paunch, and Jolly think themselves tight-fast from the dangers of the wide-big world below. When a great storm from the land of the black-white stripelys (a pocket fairy's way of saying zebras) threaten their home the three fairy nestlings go in search of their missing parents. But do they have the bravely courage to face the world outside their sky-nest?