Sacramento, CA (Vocus) September 22, 2010
Author Daphne Oberon captivates readers with her 2010 EVVY Award-nominated book, The Ghost Tree: Tonantzin's Blessing, made available through Xlibris.
Through its pages, readers will meet Grandmother Atl, a very talented weaver, and her granddaughter, Nemimati, who live in a remote mountain village. Nemimati wants nothing more than to help her grandmother live a better life, so she convinces her to enter a contest where the winner will receive the title of royal weaver and get to live in and experience the comfort of the royal palace.
Grandmother Atl sends Nemimati and her young friend, Mishtla, to gather the scarce magical beans from which a luminous golden dye can be made. Eventually, the children stop to rest near the ruins of the mysterious palace garden where Goddess Tonantzin's ghost tree of legend fortuitously appears and graciously fills their baskets. Why did the tree appear out of the blue? The outcome awaits readers.
Layered with symbolism and rich characterization, The Ghost Tree: Tonantzin's Blessing will entertain readers from the first page until the very end. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to Xlibris.com.
About the Author
When author and self-taught illustrator Daphne Oberon was four, her father, a British explorer, took her to live in Baja, California. Her first contact with peoples of Toltec heritage began with stories told to her by an Indian nursemaid. As a young teen, she spent three years camping on the uninhabited island of Cerralvo in the Sea of Cortez. The tint from the brilliant red beans produced by the coral trees growing on the stark desert island provided inspiration for The Ghost Tree and its magic beans.
Also authored by Oberon: AZULEJO, A Tale of Pearls, and Promises and Legendary Horses, all now available through Outskirts Press, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Ingram, Books in Print, and Baker & Taylor.
THE GHOST TREE * by Daphne Oberon
Publication Date: June 14, 2010
Picture Book Hardcover; $41.99; 50 pages; 978-1-4415-6340-8
Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.
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