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I Used To Be Dead by [Pearce, Colin]
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From the Author

If you read my essay, Historical fiction: The quest for authenticity, (also here on Amazon) you will understand some of the challenges I faced in writing this book.

I guess the most important issue for me was that I did not want someone to pounce on me at a book signing and tell me that I had got some of my facts wrong. Hey were a lot of historical, cultural, biblical and geographical issues to deal with.
There were days when I could not write a paragraph without having to check my facts so that I could be sure that what I was writing that only made sense and was engaging for my young readers but would not mislead them about cultural matters of the time. 
Were there oranges in 28 A.D.? What about plums and sandals and bread and barrels and wooden crates? Did all children go to school? What sort of schools were they? What did they call shooting stars? How much of the wider world's geography and current events did they understand? What sort of people travelled through the region of Capernaum where the story is set?
The best thing I did for writing the story was to take a study tour to Israel and explore for myself the colour of the sand, rocks and pebbles on the beach of lake Galilee, the colour and feel of the water,  the view across the lake, the sense of distance between towns and the height of the hills.
The biggest challenge was organising the story around the facts so that my imagination and fantasy would not contradict the facts as they were given in the Bible. If you read the Gospel of Mark chapter 5, you will see that there is very little to be learned about the daughter of Jairus. I had to make up a lot of stuff, yet I had to check in all the Gospels to make sure the story was credible.
Now I cannot read the first few chapters of Matthew, Mark and Luke without seeing and hearing those four rascally kids bobbing up in the crowd or scurrying in and out of places that are mentioned.

About the Author

Inducted into the Australian Speakers Hall of Fame in 2007, Colin Pearce has spent thirty years giving funny speeches at business conventions and teacher conferences in places as diverse as Beirut and Brisbane, Sydney and Singapore, Istanbul and Indiana, Lagos and Los Angeles, Vienna and Vietnam.

He has been telling stories and making up fun things for children a lot longer than that. A veteran of over 1000 children's TV shows, he has written stories and poems and even a CD of sing-along songs called Billabong Songs. 

Colin has also written six business books (also available here on Amazon) and many business training programs and has qualifications in theology and teaching and an MA in creative writing, but he likes people to know him simply as a story teller.

Of all the testimonials he has received, his favourite was written by a third grader in Sydney after one of Colin's story telling visits. She wrote, 'My little brother thought you were well worth the $2 ticket'.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1149 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Character Works, Adelaide (April 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLKF52K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,894,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I must be still a kid at heart as I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the antics that the children got into and the word games they played with each other repeatedly throughout the book. The childish pranks were 'out there' as some of my young friends would say!
It is an excellent way to bring reality to a pivotal time in history and see it through the eyes of children, this making it more real to the reader.
Colin Pearce writes with a unique turn of phrase which keeps you entertained to the end of the book!
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I really enjoyed this book. Clearly very well researched background provided an excellent setting for the quirky and enjoyable characters. I found myself visualising people I had met, as the author described those who interacted with his young heros. An absolute delight!
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It is always a challenge to use stories that people know well, and tell them in such a way that it is only when you are halfway through you have the 'ah ha' moment! Colin loves to tell a story, and once again, in this book, he tells a story you may know well (it is a secret until you are half way through!) and engages you. I think this is a great book for 10 - 14 year olds. It is full of mischief, fun and some very real moments. The 4 main characters are kids we would all love to have been (or maybe were!) and it is easy to be engaged in the story. I really enjoy this story and recommend it as just a good read, but also a historical novel resource for teachers at the year 6/7 level. Look for Colin Pearce's name! He is a story teller!
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The words that come to mind on reading "I Used To Be Dead" are: Witty, fun, engaging, well-researched, cant-put-it-down.
At the end of each chapter I had to read the next. The characters come right off the page as the story moves with delightful surprising twists.
Without the reader knowing it, Bible stories are magically interwoven throughout. Tahlia's energy is contagious; the wisdom and kindness of her dad Abba lends depth to this great book. Though I'm well over the suggested reading age I was drawn to "the Voice". I enjoyed this book immensely!
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I was engaged from the first page. The author kept me hanging at the end of each chapter in this "can't put it down" style book. I loved the pace, the characters which really came alive to me, the mystery, the tone, Tahlia's energy, her lovely dad Abba, and the way many Bible stories are cleverly interwoven into Tahlia's story. I too felt inexplicably drawn to "the Voice" through Tahlia and her friends' experiences. I'm well over the suggested reading age, but I enjoyed it just as much as a 9-12 year old will!
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