Story and illustrations by  Ia Uaro.

Humour. Socio fiction. Coming-of-age. Love story.

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Sydney's Song

2013 Finalist in Humor

Press Release September 2013


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Sydney’s Song Shortlisted Under Humour In Readers’ Favorite International Award



It’s author did not set out to write a comedy, but her fine sense of humour has won the hearts of many adult men and women, including the judges of 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Awards who have chosen Sydney’s Song as a Humor Finalist out of thousands of worldwide entries.


“Sydney is a lovable, memorable character. The well-drawn characters she meets and the lessons she continues to learn keep the plot riveting, with no telling what will come next. Warm, enjoyable.”—Kirkus Reviews, New York.


“It is a love story, it is courage under fire, and it is hugely entertaining!” —Stephanie Dagg, Readers’ Favorite, Creuse, France.


The novel opens with teen pedestrian dialogues but deftly progresses with the story. “Such a sensitive, loving, funny, sad, happy book,” says Terry Stanfill, founding director of LA Opera and author of Realms of Gold. I used music to describe my feelings of Sydney’s Song, and allegra con brio it turned out to be, lacrimossisimo when Sydney had to put her dog to sleep. Then to learn Pete’s background—it was definitely appassionato! Wow!  Seat belt is right. Things got very rough and there are surprises I didn't reckon for. The book is full of heart and wisdom. What a courageous character—talk about rooting for the heroine...”


Olympic fever runs high in the Australian summer of 1999 and 17-year-old Sydney has caught it. Little does she know taking a holiday job among backpackers in the beehive that is the Olympics' public-transport call centre will be life altering. Shaken by her parents’ divorce, the sheltered Aussie is further plagued by abusive callers, obnoxious government agencies, constrictive office rules, and liberated friends. She is trying to negotiate these challenges as her own personal Olympics when Pete finds her. Pete, whose soothing voice floats across her work station, knows what it takes to present a dignified front when all you want to do is howl at the moon. Treating their friendship like an art, he invests time and creative effort to pull Sydney out of her despair.


Tragedy strikes when an accident leaves Pete with a major brain injury in a Boston hospital. Their families think Sydney is too young to cope with all the complications, but she doesn't agree. Deferring her university studies, alone in a foreign land facing new trials, Sydney stays at his side—even when he doesn't recognise her. When the going gets very, very tough, will you abandon the one who has promised to love you until he dies?  


“Sydney’s Song made me feel as though I was right there in Australia! Oh and the ending—OMG wonderful! Applaud, applaud.”—REYNA HAWK, crime novelist, Ohio.


The author comments, “This work of fiction is based on true stories and real events. Sydney’s Song shows the world that living with disabilities doesn’t prevent a person from attaining happiness.”