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1.Native Companions

2. Along the Waterways

2. Along the Waterways

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Native Companions is the first book in the Dreamtime Mysteries series by Jenni Barnett. the 332 page book sets the stage for the theme and includes some necessary detail of Aboriginal culture. A glossary of mixed Aboriginal languages and a bibliography of research are included in books 1 and 2, plus an index of tribal names lineages. 24 hand drawn illustrations are peppered throughout the book. Junior to adult retrospective fiction.

 Author sign soft-cover version $20 plus postage in Australia.

2. Along the Waterways

2. Along the Waterways

2. Along the Waterways

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Along the Waterways is Book 2 of the Dreamtime Mysteries trilogy. Protagonist, Rex Graham, continues his personal and academic journey of research into his lost ancestral Dreamtime history. Many loose ends from book one come together as the exciting adventures unfold. Mystery, intrigue murder and catastrophic disasters hold the reader's attention throughout. 24 hand-drawn pictures peppered throughout the book. 

300-page soft-cover book.

Author signed copy, $20 plus postage in Australia.


3. Return to Eternity

3. Return to Eternity

3. Return to Eternity

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Return to Eternity is Book 3. of the Dreamtime Mysteries trilogy. As protagonist Rex Graham continues his search for more ancestral history, his relationship with a fellow student becomes more serious. They come by old records from Rex's Aboriginal grandmothers attic, ad the memoirs of his ancestors unfold, dating bach to Australian pioneering history, Rex learns all he needs to know about post European occupation and its impact on Aboriginal society. Oppression, wars, heroic acts, malfeasance, racial oppression, psychology and unexpected happenings keep the pages rolling over. 30 copies of historical illustrations plus the authors own hand-work are included throughout the book. An index of names, bibliography of research, and footnotes are inclusive of the 310-page soft-cover book.

Author signed copy, price: $20 plus postage.



  

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3. Return to Eternity

3. Return to Eternity

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Buy three signed copies single purchase postage price in Australia. $20.00 per book plus $9.99 postage for the 3 items.

Hardcover copies are also available at $35.00 each plus $10.00 postage in Australia.


  • Native Companions -soft-cover    = 20.00
  • Along the Waterways - softcover = 20.00
  • Return to Eternity - soft-cover      = 20.00
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About the Dreamtime Mysteries Trilogy

Native Companions, by Jenni Barnett:

  

A part Aboriginal anthropology student who was diagnosed with autism at an early age, overcomes childhood challenges through the added support of his aboriginal grandmother, who believes he is gifted beyond the understanding of westernised diagnosis. 

Wishing to honour his grandmothers final request, Rex commits himself to solving the mysteries of the lost tribal dreamtime mythology that was sacred to his heritage. After inheriting a collection of artworks, he becomes enlightened about the dreamtime mysteries, encoded within the simplistic artworks. 

A great deal of pre-European Aboriginal culture and information about the Australian continent, its natural beauty and wildlife are interwoven throughout the book. An index of mixed aboriginal languages and tribal characters mentioned are included at the back of the book. 24 pencil and charcoal illustrations are peppered throughout the six-part 267- page book all created by the author, who also created the front and back covers.

Although the story is written as though Gran Yan, the sacred tree of memories is narrating it to Rex as he sleeps, the author has left the reader interpret whether it is his grandmother’s spirit, Gran Yan, Rex’s dreams or Rex’s psychological illness that narrates the dreamtime themes. 

Jenni Barnett chooses to describe her writing as historical fiction interlaced with traditional styled Aboriginal mythology.


Professional Reviews

  

Native Companions: Dreamtime Mysteries
by Jenni Barnett
Xlibris

"Rex needed to know more about his unwritten history: something he could not learn from anyone else."

Native Companions: Dreamtime Mysteries is an epic tale broken into six books which explore various dreamtime stories which bring to life a fictional and stunning Australian Aboriginal history. After the loss of his Gran, anthropology student Rex Graham is determined to find the key to his Gran's great-grandfather's dreamtime mysteries. As he falls asleep underneath the tree of memories, he sees a stunning history unfold filled with endearing characters, magical moments, and heroic journeys. Rex is passionate about history and learning about Aboriginal culture which is seen in what drives his own personal search for his own family history. Exploring Aboriginal history is at the root of the story with Rex's journey into his own personal history helping to guide uncovering the mysteries of the past. His passion for anthropology is at the core of who he is which adds passion to the writing and drives the story forward as each new mystery is unlocked. The characters within the dreamtime mysteries have innocent and trusting natures, being truly good, which is seen through Wiliwanda who trusts strangers in a canoe. Several characters are the focus of various stories with significant ones being twins Brolga and Kaii, and hero Wiliwanda. Their journeys are the legends and hold answers which are slowly revealed while also exploring a fictional look at life during this time. One of the stories that stands out is the adventure of Wiliwanda who transforms into a bird and helps save people from a flood in this adventure filled with wonder and magic. Rex's Gran acts as a catalyst for an added push for Rex to seeking out the tree of memories which is where the dreamtime mysteries occur. The bond between Rex and his Gran is only briefly seen, but is a bond that is deeply felt and Gran remains a presence throughout which is reflected in the tree called Gran Yan. Rex's connection to the tree is a poignant aspect of the story as it's this tree that brings out the mysteries that Gran wants Rex to uncover. The stories from dreamtime include traditional legendary characters such as the bunyip and magic moments which often play into transitioning the characters into the next steps of their journeys. The style of the dreamtime stories is reminiscent to the style of epic legends of heroes with lovely descriptions with specific words that jump out with a meaningful visual. Phrases like "regenerating forest“ and „cluster of seedlings“ add a natural beauty to the stories which fits the history and memory of what Rex seeks. Nature is a key component in the stories and in Rex's own journey which uses Gran Yan as his guide to see bring forth these memories. Rex loves nature, even choosing to spend time under his favorite tree instead of attending a party and his connection to the tree is what springs the stories forward. The characters in the dreamtime stories are also deeply connected to nature as each connects with nature in some way, whether through a trek or a literal transformation. Twins Brolga and Kaii go on a survival trek which is reflective of Rex's walkabout, giving both a modern and historical perspective. Wiliwanda's connection is the strongest, not because of his transformation, but his bond with Merri, his dog, who is his confidant. Their bond also explores the relationship between human and animal as Barnett captures perfectly this dynamic and the loyalty between them. Native Companions: Dreamtime Mysteries explores a fictional history of Aboriginal culture with stunning characters, magical elements, and legends which come to life to explore the mysteries of the past through Rex's desire for knowledge.

book review by Gabriella Tutino




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  • Pre-European lifestyle -as it may have been
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  • Indigenous skills
  • Healing medicine
  • Creative art
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Along the Waterways is book two of the Dreamtime Mysteries trilogy, by Jenni Barnett.

Book one, Native Companions describe Rex’s childhood trauma, when he was diagnosed with autism, due to poor language and communication skill. He was exposed to class-room bullying, including a cruel racist attack, leaving him traumatised and causing an identification crisis. 

His parents removed him from formal studies, allowing his well-educated Aboriginal grandmother to home-school him. Granelda gave Rex excellent grounding, teaching him about indigenous culture and values, as well as European history. Although Rex had blocked out his Aboriginal history, when he moved on to tertiary studies in environmental science, upgrading to anthropology, Rex longed to recall his grandmother’s teachings. Granelda had recently passed away, and her ashes were interred under the sacred tree Rex refers to as Gran Yan. 

Rex Graham, is presented with a second set of ancestral paintings encoded with clues about the forgotten legends forming his lost ancestral Dreamtime. The bright young student revisits the sacred meeting tree, envisioning his grandmother’s face in the trunk. The bush atmosphere has a hypnotic effect on his mind and after falling asleep, Gran Yan shares more history with the Australian bush about a bygone era of indigenous peoples: their journeys, adventures, social gatherings and way of life. 

The Booran people, territorial owners of the region, returned to their homeland many generations after journeying to the desert in the wake of catastrophic wild-fires, guided by their migrating bird totem, the pelican.

When their territorial homeland was restored to its former glory, spiritual elder, Ouyarh, interpreted a sign from the great eagle Mullawaa, and on their arrival at Yaraan Grove, the first-born child was named after the great eagle that guided them home. 

The boy proved gifted beyond the people's understanding, and his innovative projects proved unacceptable to their tradition-bound culture. Fearing the youth would anger their earth-mother and punish them with more droughts, they called upon Mullawanda to utilise his inventive mind rediscovering lost skills,  due to their time spent in the desert, and concentrate on practical needs such as boat-building. 

Defying the elders, the youthful adventurer landed himself in unexpected situations and encounters with some unique communities. 

Unsolved mysteries follow-over from book one, as Gran Yan shares more stories. Action, suspense, intrigue, drama, romance, conspiracy and murder, add flavour to the story, along with the unique inclusion of illustrations created by the author, together with her front and back cover paintings.

The book is divided into seven parts and includes a glossary of indigenous languages, index of characters and their tribal groups, plus a bibliography of cultural research.  

Along the Waterways is book two of the Dreamtime Mysteries trilogy.

Book one, Native Companions describe Rex’s childhood trauma, when he was diagnosed with autism, due to poor language and communication skill. He was exposed to class-room bullying, including a cruel racist attack, leaving him traumatised and causing an identification crisis. 

His parents removed him from formal studies, allowing his well-educated Aboriginal grandmother to home-school him. Granelda gave Rex excellent grounding, teaching him about indigenous culture and values, as well as European history. Although Rex had blocked out his Aboriginal history, when he moved on to tertiary studies in environmental science, upgrading to anthropology, Rex longed to recall his grandmother’s teachings. Granelda had recently passed away, and her ashes were interred under the sacred tree Rex refers to as Gran Yan. 

Rex Graham, is presented with a second set of ancestral paintings encoded with clues about the forgotten legends forming his lost ancestral Dreamtime. The bright young student revisits the sacred meeting tree, envisioning his grandmother’s face in the trunk. The bush atmosphere has a hypnotic effect on his mind and after falling asleep, Gran Yan shares more history with the Australian bush about a bygone era of indigenous peoples: their journeys, adventures, social gatherings and way of life. 

The Booran people, territorial owners of the region, returned to their homeland many generations after journeying to the desert in the wake of catastrophic wild-fires, guided by their migrating bird totem, the pelican.

When their territorial homeland was restored to its former glory, spiritual elder, Ouyarh, interpreted a sign from the great eagle Mullawaa, and on their arrival at Yaraan Grove, the first-born child was named after the great eagle that guided them home. 

The boy proved gifted beyond the people's understanding, and his innovative projects proved unacceptable to their tradition-bound culture. Fearing the youth would anger their earth-mother and punish them with more droughts, they called upon Mullawanda to utilise his inventive mind rediscovering lost skills,  due to their time spent in the desert, and concentrate on practical needs such as boat-building. 

Defying the elders, the youthful adventurer landed himself in unexpected situations and encounters with some unique communities. 

Unsolved mysteries follow-over from book one, as Gran Yan shares more stories. Action, suspense, intrigue, drama, romance, conspiracy and murder, add flavour to the story, along with the unique inclusion of illustrations created by the author, together with her front and back cover paintings.

The book is divided into seven parts and includes a glossary of indigenous languages, index of characters and their tribal groups, plus a bibliography of cultural research.


PROFESSIONAL REVIEW

  

Pacific Book Review

Along the Waterways is the second of the Dreamtime Mysteries trilogy

by author Jenni Barnett. Rex Graham, a part aboriginal anthropology

student, continues to search for clues to his aboriginal history through

spiritual communing in the wilderness. Many unanswered questions about

his fragmented ancestral past continue to unfold where the first of the

Dreamtime Mysteries, Native Companions, finished.

After inheriting an art works created by a long deceased tribal elder,

Rex is inspired to research the meanings behind the drawings. Intent on

fulfilling his grandmother’s dying wishes, he is compelled to complete

a doctorate of indigenous studies in anthropology. Granelda Booran,

had shared all she knew about their people, and after her funeral, she

was interred under a sacred tree in her native land, where her grandson

envisages her face in the trunk, referring to the tree as Gran Yan. Many

stories unfold, and unsolved mysteries resolved about tribal disputes.

The prologue sets the stage for the tale, where readers get a small

portion of the legend surrounding Gran Yan, with illustrative imagery.

Readers are given a taste of what’s to come within this novel. Each part

includes a short list is ancestors, to keep the reader logically connected to

the characters involved within each section and how they relate to one

another, simplifying the shifts in storytelling, or change of characters.

Barnett has a lyrical way of writing her stories to captivate the reader,

from the beginning of the first chapter. The reader is drawn into the

histories and legends of each clan, and will be attracted to each story like

a moth to a flame. Hand-drawn images are interspersed throughout the

chapters, which helps break up the stories and provide added imagery for

the legends being told.

It is enjoyable to read how each clan learns from one another, building

strong kinships. Barnett’s words give readers the feeling that these tales

could be true, with legends passed down between generations. The author

does a wonderful job of resurrecting a lost era of indigenous communities,

breathing life into her characters and making them relatable, interesting,

and full of depth and personality.

Although it is hard to put this novel down, fortunately it is separated

into seven parts, thus enabling the reader to return to it later without

getting lost. Along the Waterways: Dreamtime Mysteries is the perfect

book for someone who enjoys legends, mythology, folklore, and tribal

history. Honestly, anyone who enjoys a good strong story with enjoyable

characters and an easy to follow plot would enjoy this novel. It is one that

deserves to be read; Its very well written and enjoyable, interesting and

creative.

Jennifer Weiss, Professional Reviewer, November 2018

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Book-3 of the Dreamtime Mysteries moves forward to early British occupation of Australia, as Anthropology student, Rex Graham, seeks information on his post-European Aboriginal maternal ancestry for his final doctorate thesis. His friendship with girlfriend, fellow-student Audrey Murphy, develops into a meaningful relationship, while they both continue to research their Aboriginal histories. The two protagonists share several study trips to remote regions, where they learn some important clues to missing links in their ancestor’s disappearance from their territories—at about the time the tall-ships started arriving.

Audrey forms a close bond with Rex’s mother, Ruby, who entrusts her with sorting out a box of old papers stored in her deceased mother’s attic. What Audrey discovers is a collection of well-preserved old diaries dating back to the mid 1800’s, recorded by Rex’s ancestors. 

Realising the importance such a treasure-trove of memorabilia would hold for her partner’s thesis, she leaves Rex with the valuable archives. When he opens the pages, Rex steps back in time to early Australian pioneering life as it really was. 

Part two resurrects many long-dead great-grandparents, as their memoirs unfold in sequence. Unsolved mysteries are exposed within the old documents, while more recent events also come to light. 

Rex’s grandmother, Granelda Booran-Bancroft, shared her memoirs growing up in the thirties and beyond: life on the farm, struggles, wars and a depression. Her discovery of a mysterious old brass key adds further intrigue to the story.

Mystery had surrounded his mixed-race grandfather’s death 20 years previous, and evidence in the memoirs suggest a feud had been brewing over the Bancroft family’s land entitlement ever since the first-generation English gentleman owner, Dr Joseph Bancroft, first established the prime property for his mixed-race son. 

Audrey’s background as a clinical psychologist, drew her to pursue a post-graduate degree in anthropology. She was fascinated by Rex’s ability to tap into past events through his dreams, but did not wish to exploit his mind so looked inwards for the same gift. After witnessing her grandfather, an Aboriginal elder, mediating in an alien language, she shared in the mood, opening her mind to a rare gift she shares with her future spouse. 

When Rex goes walkabout and discovers an old camera containing undeveloped prints produces some surprise evidence, and all the loose ends are tied up in the final chapters.

Footnotes and a bibliography are included, to keep the reader in the loop through the time-shifting events.

Historical wood-engraving historical copies are shared within the pages, along with hand drawn art. The hand-painted cover gives a colourful introduction to the recently published book.This is a long form text area designed for your content that you can fill up with as many words as your heart desires. You can write articles, long mission statements, company policies, executive profiles, company awards/distinctions, office locations, shareholder reports, whitepapers, media mentions and other pieces of content that don’t fit into a shorter, more succinct space.


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Professional Review

  

My ancestors from the Baalijan people, where I descended from my mother, Amy, will offer me a resting place in the running stream, flowing from the cave at Baalijan Creek, uniting us with Booran land at Yaraan Grove, when I eventually return to eternity. 

 In this third instalment of the Dreamtime Mysteries series, Barnett returns to the familiar territory of Australia and the myths and spiritual history of Aboriginal culture. The densely woven narrative unfolds in rich, meticulous detail that centers on two protagonists and a sprawling cast of characters. Broken into five parts, Barnett’s historical fiction novel is complete with relevant illustrations, footnotes, and a bibliography. 

At the heart of the time-shifting and dense story is the decades-long trauma of racial oppression and atrocities against Aboriginal peoples in a “white-dominated society.” The multi-layered novel, built with stories within stories, touches on difficult themes of race relations, genocide, destiny, loss, and redemption. The memoirs fill in a good portion of the novel before Barnett ultimately returns to Rex and Audrey’s story. It is uncertain which parts of the narrative are the most captivating, as each story supports the novel as a whole.

 Impressively, Barnett maintains narrative control of the large array of characters, intricately detailed, individually and collectively, across decades. The strength of the novel rests primarily on Rex and Audrey, their tale intermixing with the other stories’ engaging the reader with an opportunity to learn something about Australia’s complex history. Through this novel, Barnett remarks on humanity’s transgressions and gives voice to displaced peoples and the nearly forgotten. It is through Rex and Audrey that the reader recognizes our universal need for truth and identity—all loose ends are tied together during the final chapters. 

Dylon Ward, The US Review of Books December 2019


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