‘Billy’ depicts young, autistic hero running away from home only to discover power of love

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Author Noel Morrison announces release of debut novel

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STRATHALBYN, Australia – Eleven-year-old Billy Anderson is autistic, bound by rituals and greatly agitated when things happen out of the ordinary. One night, the electricity in his home suddenly fails, causing his mother, Meg, to unleash a fury of emotions and send a panicked Billy fleeing into the cold, wet darkness.

Billy” (published by Balboa Press AU) tells the story of a runaway autistic boy who struggles to overcome the dangers of the night, unwittingly teaching a valuable lesson to everyone who loves him. The underlying thread that ties everything together is the central theme of love and the various forms it occupies – and its transcendental power to heal.

However, author Noel Morrison also aims to explore the more brutal aspects of human nature, stating that he wanted to show “how human cruelty can (have an) impact on animals and result in their exploitation and abuse.”

An excerpt from “Billy”:
Perhaps Mrs Blanche’s homework had been prophetic; perhaps Rob’s silent prayers had been answered. Perhaps it was purely chance, but Billy had emerged from his child’s chrysalis and had morphed into a vulnerable, but new person, born of love, loss and the future possibility of being able to dance under the effervescent glow of a rich, yellow sun.

“Billy”
By Noel Morrison
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 128 pages | ISBN 9781452531427
E-Book | 128 pages | ISBN 9781452531434
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Noel Morrison is a teacher who earned a master’s degree in Counseling. He has a particular interest in young people who have autism spectrum disorder and the challenges they encounter. Noel is married with three children, loves animals and lives in rural South Australia.

Balboa Press Australia is a division of Hay House, Inc., a leading provider in publishing products that specialise in self-help and the mind, body and spirit genre. Through an alliance with supported self-publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the Author Solutions self-publishing model. For more information or to start publishing today, visit balboapress.com.au/ or call 1800 050 315. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter and “Like” us at facebook.com/BalboaPress.

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