Jaspa's Journey: The Great Migration

Rich Meyrick

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GENRE

ADVENTURE FAMILY FANTASY YOUNG ADULT CHILDREN'S

    Core Theme

    ACCEPTANCE, TOLERANCE, GROWING UP

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    BROTHER BEAR, THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY

    CHARACTER LIST

    • JASPA: GIRAFFESES, BRAVE, COMPASSIONATE

    • BISCKITS: GIRAFFESES, DETERMINED, JASPA’S BROTHER

    • PORTIA: GIRAFFESES, CARING, DEPENDABLE, JASPA’S COUSIN

    • GRAVEE: DOGSES, WISE, LOST IN AFRICA, JASPA’S FRIEND

    • BEN: HUMAN, LOYAL, GRAVEE’S FRIEND FROM SCOTLAND

    • NGORIKA: VULTURESES, PATIENT, HONORABLE, JASPA’S FRIEND

    Logline

    A tiny, distant relative of the giraffe, must survive a 500-mile, life-or-death adventure alongside the two-million-strong migrating herds on Africa’s Serengeti Plains, to fulfil a rite-of-passage known as 'The Journey'.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 7-12,35-54,55+,18-34,13-17

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Serengeti Plains, Africa

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Speaking Volumes, LLC

    Year Published: 2009

    Starting Description

    Jaspa prepares excitedly for the challenges of his imminent Journey. Meanwhile, Ben McRae from Scotland, on safari in the Serengeti with his family, is struggling with the recent disappearance of his best friend, Gravee.

    Ending Description

    After a close shave with a crocodile, Jaspa and friends recover around their campfire. Out of the dark stumbles Gravee, who’s been months alone in the wild. On the backs of vultures, they help Gravee reach Kilimanjaro airport. At the last moment Jaspa boards the plane with him back to Scotland...

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-1-62815-313-2

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Quest

    Main Character Details

    Name: Jaspa

    Age: Approaching adulthood

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Empathetic,Faithful,Modest,Selfless,Secretive,Strong Moral Code,Honorable

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Bisckits

    Age: Approaching adulthood

    Gender: Male

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Clumsy,Confident,Engaging,Outspoken,Funny,Honorable,Naive,Charming

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Portia

    Age: Approaching adulthood

    Gender: Female

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Faithful,Gracious,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Romantic,Selfless,Modest

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Gravee

    Age: Young adult

    Gender: Male

    Role: protagonist

    Key Traits: Blunt,Funny,Sarcastic,Complex,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Faithful,Outspoken,Unapologetic,Honorable

    Development Pitch

    Brief

    When a tiny relative of the giraffe on a rite of passage adventure must survive a 500 mile life or death adventure across the Serengeti Plains alongside the thundering herds, he stretches his resolve to help a friend.

    What We Liked

    - The rite of passage premise featuring a tiny fictional animals on the mighty Serengeti is a terrific concept;
    - The story has potential to be adapted in a beautiful feature film. The astonishing setting of the Serengeti and awe-inspiring migration of the wonderful creatures inhabiting it creates the kind of sweeping climatic story that lends itself quite easily to the big screen. The charming animal characters are surely bound to find their way into the hearts of children everywhere;
    - A series could be built upon the exploration of exotic locales as well as the fantastical journeys of Jaspa, the Giraffeses;
    - Key points: Lovely premise; Charming characters; Family friendly; Empowerment of young people; Exotic setting.

    Synopsis

    Jaspa is a Giraffeses, a teeny, tiny distant relative of the giraffe that are invisible to humans. He and his brother Bisckits set out to fulfill a rite-of-passage known as the Journey. They must join the Great Migration on Africa's Serengeti Plain, accompanying the two million animals that are forced yearly to embark on this desperate, dangerous, 500 mile struggle for survival.

    Along the way, Jaspa is spotted by a young boy named Ben. He is from Scotland and on safari with his family. However, he is sad because he has lost his best friend, Gravee, who happens to be a Dogses, a tiny distant relative of the dog.

    Ben is a Seer, a human who is able to see Ses. Jaspa is astonished because he thought Seers were only for legends.

    During a river crossing, Jaspa and Bisckits are nearly killed. They are saved by a Ngorika, a Vultureses and Nippee, a Crocodileses, respectively. While they are recovering from their ordeal, Gravee wanders into their camp. When Jaspa hears his story, he realizes that Ben is the friend Gravee is desperately missing.

    The animals band together to help. They fly on the backs of vultures to get Gravee to the airport so he can be reunited with Ben back in Scotland. Jaspa and his pals accompany Gravee to the UK where he is happily reunited with Ben.

    About The Author

    Rich is the fingertips behind everything associated with Jaspa’s Journey, a series of travel-based adventure novels for pre-teens and anyone who’s still young at heart. In reality, the whole writing thing was his wife’s idea - she suggested Rich should use his spare time to write a book, and proposed Jaspa, a plush giraffe Rich had given her when they first started dating, as the main character. So far Jaspa’s adventures comprise three books, with two more on the way. Born in Wales, Rich developed a fascination in Geography, History and the environment at an early age, interests which culminated in a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a post-doctorate at the University of Waterloo (Canada). He subsequently worked for four years as an environmental scientist in Weimar, Germany. During his scientific career, Rich wrote and contributed to a myriad of journal papers and books, but hopes Jaspa’s Journey is a little less dry.