Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My books for children - Quick reference

My children's books with links

Miss Bettina's House

Miss Bettina's abandoned animals need to find someone to take care of them and protect them from the village rascal who wants to steal her house. 


 Bernie and the Captain's Ghost 

Six orphans are invited to spend their summer holiday in a rural part of Jamaica. There they encounter an adventure which challenges their physical and mental capabilities.


Ash the Flash

How can Ashton run faster than Usain Bolt?

A Goatboy Never Cries 

Johnny gets a quaint pet ‘Gringo’, which changes his plans for the summer holidays in surprising ways.


Drog A Dreggen Story book1

Drog is a Jamaican dreggen. He lives in Dreggae Land and can speak only in rhyme. When Shannon and Grandma visit him he has a big lump on his head.Can they help him?


Juice Box and Scandal

Juicebox and Scandal is a collection of three exciting stories on the environment featuring colourful Jamaican characters and scenarios


Ramgoat Dashalong

RAMGOAT DASHALONG is the name of a 'bush' used to make tea in Jamaica. The title story in this magical collection of stories, it is pure exciting fantasy.

Tilly Bummie
Jamaican stories from country life and city life, drawn on the author’s experiences and the child. 


 My Ebooks for children

Follow the Peacock 

A new maze with the odd name of 'The Curious Labyrinth' has opened in the children's park. Jodi and Phillip sample its challenges which are strange enough to make Jodi exclaim, "Nothing else will ever frighten me again!" 









 Whitni and Bondi, the Pirate Genie

Whitni is on holiday with her Mom at a beach cottage in Jamaica. While walking on the beach she discovers an unusual looking shell and takes it home. She puts the shell to her ear to listen to the ocean, but, instead of the ocean, she hears a voice saying, 'Sing to me"








  It's Just a Play, Sasha

Sasha gets the part of Red Riding Hood in her school play, but she is a very imaginative girl and the details of the play begin to intrude on her real life and create a bit of confusion for herself and others in her village..

Shiney is Missing

Shiney is missing. Has she run away or been kidnapped? Unknown intruders are preying on their school canteen and computer lab at nights. Is there a connection? The three 7th grade Jamaican musketeers, Porty, Atty, and Ram set out to solve these mysteries.....along with Darty, a fourth very amusing character.

For Young Adult Readers

Mr. King's Daughter
An Anancy story with a YA twist. Wealthy Mr. King is the richest man in his village. But his daughter is very unhappy. He thinks getting a husband will make her happy and devises a nutty plan to find the right man.

Rocky Road
The teen years are rocky enough without the added temptations of drugs and criminal friends, as Ricky, Jason and Collette find out in this YA story


My Publishers

LMH Publishing

Carlong Publishing (Caribbean) Ltd

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Picture book - first draft


Noah wants to be a Super Hero

©Hazel Campbell 
September 2015

 Noah wants very much to be a super hero. But he is only five years old and the littlest one in his family. Noah thinks that if his mom and his dad were superheroes, he would be a super hero too.

His dad is fixing his car in the driveway. "Are you a super hero?" Noah asks his dad.
"You bet I am," his dad replies. "I go to work every day and take care of all of you,"
Noah thinks that is not what super heroes do.
"Am I a super hero, too?"
"Pass those tools for me." Dad replies. "Then you can be a super hero."
Noah gives his dad the tools, but that doesn't make him feel like a super hero.

Noah goes to his mother. "'Mom," he asks, "Are you a super hero?"
"Yes," his mom replies. "Everyday I cook, I clean the house, I do your laundry, and take care of all of you."
Again Noah thinks that is not what superheroes do.
"Am I a super hero, too?"  Noah asks.
"Help me take out the garbage. Then you will be my super hero."
Noah helps his mom take out the garbage, but he doesn't feel like a super hero.

Noah goes to his big brother, Nigel, who is playing a video game.
"Nigel," he says, "How can I become a super hero?"
"Wash the puppy for me. That will make you a super hero."
Noah has fun bathing the puppy, but that doesn't make him feel like a super hero.

 He goes to his sister. "How can I become a super hero?"
"Clean my shoes for me," she says. "That will make you a super hero."
Noah puts more polish on himself than on the shoes. He doesn't feel like a super hero.

 After dinner, his mother gives him a chocolate bar, because he has been so helpful. He goes next door and asks his friend, "How can I become a super hero?"
His friend replies, "Give me half of your chocolate. That will make you a super hero."
Noah shares his chocolate with his friend, but he still doesn't feel like a super hero.

  Noah goes home and goes to bed. He is quite tired. He thinks of all the things he did that day. He still longs to be a super hero.

Next day, at school, he asks his teacher, "How can I become a super hero?"
"Well," Miss Robotham replies, "Are you helpful?
Noah thinks about all the things he did for his family.
"Yes," he replies.

"Are you kind?"
He had shared his chocolate bar with his friend.
"Yes." He nods.

 "Are you loving?"
He loves his family. He had given his mom an extra tight hug before leaving home that morning.

 "Then you are a super hero," his teacher says. "Just by being yourself, helpful, kind and loving. Those are the qualities of a super hero."

"I am a super hero? Really?" Noah smiles.

Noah goes to his desk, takes out paper and his crayons and begins to draw the costume he wants to wear to show that he is a super hero.

Should Noah be a bit older ? 6 years instead of 5 because of the tasks he helps with?

Is the 'lesson' too obvious?