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Maureen Marks-Mendonça started storytelling in the schoolyard at age 9. Before becoming a novelist, however, she spent many enjoyable years working and travelling in Asia, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean as a diplomat and econometrician.

During this period, she wrote Tai Chi with MMMextensively for government and business publications, hiding the storyteller beneath the folds of facts and figures.  Eventually, life came full circle. Volunteer work with youth stirred the fires of fiction in her again, and when she finally stepped back into the world between dreams and visions, Alex Springfeather was there, waiting. Legend of the Swan Children is his story (Macmillan 2009).

Maureen Marks-Mendonça currently lives in Ontario with her husband. She has a Master's Degree in Operations Research from Stanford University, California, and a Bachelor's Degree (Double Honours) in Economics and Mathematics from McMaster University, Ontario. She partners with non-profit organizations whose focus is empowerment of youth, designing special programs which transform young people into their own agents of change.



Alex Springfeather and the silver PanmanAlejandro Vega Van Sertima was born in Alma, a sleepy Spanish village on the Caribbean Sea.

Known among the Waspachu by his clan name, Alex Springfeather, he lives a simple but happy life on Senora Lagrima's hacienda. His favourite pastimes are canoeing, racing river dolphins, eating frio-frio on hot days, and practicing his growing powers on his startled mother, Tia Lucia.

Suddenly Senora Lagrima dies under very suspicious circumstances, and Tia Lucia, a.k.a. Moon Woman, vanishes without a trace.  Before he knows it, Alex and his unusual silver panman are caught up in an extraordinary adventure.

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To save his mother, Alex must solve the mystic's riddle, but the Guardians of the Legend have other plans for him. Can he find Moon Woman before his pursuers find him? Will he live to see the Legend come to pass?

Read Legend of the Swan Children to find out!


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