Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
New Novel Set in Belize: In the Trees by P. Fisk #405360
04/17/11 10:37 AM
04/17/11 10:37 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 3,054
Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline OP
Lan Sluder/Belize First  Offline OP
Here's a note from Pauline Fisk, a British writer of novels for the young adult market. She says her new novel, In the Trees, set in Belize, has just been published by Faber & Faber in the U.K.

I haven't read it yet but it sounds interesting. I always try to do what I can to bring attention to Belizean writers and to others who write about Belize.

In the Trees is available for Kindle on though not yet in paperback direct from Amazon. I assume it will be more widely available in bookstores and online soon.

--Lan Sluder


I'm a British author of many years standing, writing novels for the young adult market. In 2008 I had an extensive trip around Belize to research a novel for that age range about gap year volunteering. I trekked into the Chiquibul Forest with a guide - and with some help from the military - to a remote region on the Belizean/Guatemalan border where I met young teenage volunteers working on a project to protect wild life and trees from poachers. I also visited and stayed with the Kekchi-Mayan people of Toledo District and spent six weeks travelling and meeting people before returning home to the UK to write my book.

The resulting novel, 'In the Trees', has now come out, published by Faber & Faber. It tells the story of a young south London boy of Belizean descent who returns to his homeland to find his family but finds a group of young gap year do-gooding volunteers instead - just the sort of people he'd never expect to like. He and they are thrown together to face challenges and adventures which provide them with a rite of passage into adult life. The adventure ends with a plane ride home for them, but hard choices for my hero, Kid Cato, who's beginning to see the world with new eyes. Does he stay, or does he go? Is he a Belizean boy or a British one, or is he something else altogether, which he can only find if he strikes out alone?

As well as being a novel about gap year volunteering and young people growing up into adult life, it's also a novel about rainforest devastation and the common ground to be found between people of different backgrounds, cultures and races. Belize is a great place to learn this sort of thing. In Belize City, interviewing a Health Department official, I asked if there was one single unifying factor that identified all Belizeans, of whatever ethnic background, and the answer I was given was 'Hope'. The country had great problems, she said, but Belizean people were full of hope.

Visit my website,, and find out more about me and my book... The book has been well received in the UK where I've visited many schools talking to children about what I've learnt from Belize. I was honoured to be invited by the Belizean High Commissioner to an Independence Day service at Westminster Abbey where she shook my hand and said, 'So you're the author who wrote that wonderful book.' I'd love the opportunity to make the book better known in Belize, particularly for young people and in schools.

Re: New Novel Set in Belize: In the Trees by P. Fisk [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First] #405362
04/17/11 11:08 AM
04/17/11 11:08 AM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 2,208
san pedro, Belize
collyk Offline
collyk  Offline
Sounds great. I'd love to read it!
Belize Wedding Photography

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do
Specials & Events
SPTB Calendar of Events

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
To Get Your Questions Answered

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We handle all aspects of the purchase of your Real Estate in Belize. From in depth property searches to your final closing.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
2 registered members (elbert, 1 invisible), 115 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online7,413
Nov 7th, 2021 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1