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Stuck Between Two Worlds

A  heartwarming story about a 9-year-old girl dealing with the negative emotions and scary feelings that many children struggle with 


“I loved this from the first page. Written with joy and warmth, Stuck Between Two Worlds is a lovely tale full of compassion and tools to use to find a safe place inside one’s own heart.” 

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Will Ruby choose The Wilderness and stay with her other Wildheart friends, or will she return home to the family who doesn’t understand her at all?

Firecracker Ruby was in trouble again and whilst angrily crying in her room, Nettie appeared and provided a kind voice of reason and the understanding she had been desperately searching for.  Powered by heart energy, Nettie takes Ruby to the wonderful Wilderness where she learns that she has nothing to worry about because she is, in fact, a Wildheart – a strong-willed child and sensitive soul. Ruby discovers how to use her Wildheart superpowers for good, and she even manages to shrink her worry, overcome fear and learn valuable anger management techniques. 



Let’s Venture into the Wilderness!

A magical adventure story with a twist! I really liked the emotional side of this book, the steps taken to address the tangle of feelings and the resolution once they are dealt with. I think it will give children a working tool in their own lives. I like Ruby. She is a smart little girl with a kind heart. You really want her to succeed, but you wonder where she will end up. It’s fascinating to watch her blossom, as she has to unlearn so much and follow her heart.


About the Author

Author Lisa Parkes draws on a decade of helping  children with low self-esteem, anxiety and behavioural struggles to create a beautiful story of a feisty young lady who learns to overcome anxiety and anger by finding special friends just like her.

When I was a little girl, I liked nothing more than curling up on a rainy day reading my Enid Blyton books. Inspired by the Enchanted Forest and The Magic Faraway tree, I loved to venture off to different worlds and let my big imagination run wild. 

I wrote Stuck Between Two Worlds in just 30 days – it literally poured out of my soul onto the page. I guess it has been percolating all this time. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it, and that you find the same magic in your life just like Ruby. 

Lisa Parkes

Inspiring and magical! We loved reading ‘Stuck Between Two Worlds’ and think the book will inspire lots of children to believe in themselves and let their imagination go wild.  Ruby and Nettie prove that teamwork is everything. Tom is also quite funny! The story is kind and positive and the characters are magical, you will want to keep reading.  Anna & Georgina Whitfield,  Age 9

A real joy to read! I found the way Lisa used different characters to describe different emotions really interesting and innovative. A lot of thought, work and research has clearly gone into the book. The book was relatable-  I really felt a connection to the characters and how they felt. It was certainly a gentler way of saying ‘We can talk about mental health and feelings’ instead of saying ‘There’s something wrong with you! You need help!’  Nettie stood out for me as she represented my mum, being there for me and listening to my problems whenever I have them. Harvey,  Age 11

Really good fun and lots to discover! I loved the powerful, positive messages in this book. You’ve taken a big important subject and made it totally relatable. The life lessons given throughout were well explained and cleverly woven into the story. It made me think about how I could use them too because I could see how they were really helping Ruby. I loved all the characters and the colourful scenes of the magical world you created. Bella Croft

Fantasy meets the real world and makes sense of our struggles growing up. Wow, what an amazing read! Heart warming and powerful moments throughout plus fun adventure all cleverly pieced together to make a beautifully written and inspiring story. I would have loved to have read a story like this when I was younger to know that whoever I was, was okay and there are no right or wrongs. Even more so now in a world driven by social media pressures and comparisons for young adults, Lisa has cleverly taken all important life lessons and sensitive topics and made them enjoyable to learn about and discover for all children on their journey through this crazy world! Miranda, London

I could not put this book down! A brave story, with a strong message that goes straight to your heart. Stuck Between Two Worlds takes you on a magical adventure as Ruby learns to trust herself and her heart. I laughed, I cried and I related to everything Ruby had to go through. Ruby wasn’t broken, she was able to lift herself up and feel good again. She learned to open her heart to life outside of her bedroom window.

This story allows you to feel the deep emotions that children often feel they need to hide, especially if life at home feels scary at times. Ruby moves from sadness, fear and loneliness to hope and joy and so can you! Stuck Between Two Worlds encourages readers to be brave and to follow their wild hearts!  Katia B

 Bring the Book to Life! 

Want to learn some of the key intuitive learning tools and techniques that are woven into the magical story of Stuck Between Two Worlds

To celebrate the release of the book, I held 4 live group coaching sessions with some gorgeous Wildhearts who wanted to explore and bring to life some of the magic Ruby learns in the book. These Wildheart souls were excited to follow in Ruby’s footsteps and take responsibility for their own happiness. 

Venture into The Wilderness, to discover your beautiful confident Wildheart self.

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