SKATEBOARDS IN OUTER SPACE
Life is somewhat boring in the suburban neighborhood of San Diego where 14-year old Billie Barnett lives. She spends most of her free time at the skateboard park or finding ways to avoid her ever-increasing homework load.
One evening, an earsplitting sound and terrifying vibrations start a chain of events that will change her life forever. Although Billie is a superstar on her board, it is her extraordinary skating talent that catapults her into outer space and possibly away from her family forever!
We often hear about “putting ourselves in another person's shoes” as a way to understand the plight of anyone who is different. That long held idea was part of the inspiration for this book. "Empathy" is the foundation of tolerance, compassion and kindness on our planet. Having empathy is a key ingredient to becoming the best person we can be. Empathy is easy to talk about, but sometimes hard to put into action. "FREE BILLIE" is an exciting adventure-filled sci-fi journey that illustrates the idea of empathy for each other and particularly for animals. The messages within this book can help young people understand the value of empathy in a new and modern way. "FREE BILLIE" asks us all to examine our own empathy
head-on hopefully changing ourselves for the better going forward.