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Written by Laurel Colless

Published by Balboa Pres


Legend holds that in centuries past,a great king was laid to rest, leaving a promise to wake again when the world would need him most. Could eleven year-old Peter Blue be that sleeping

king? “He sleeps more than we do!” complain the old people at the Gum Tree Rest Home in the Australian bush, where Peter’s lived since his parents were killed by wildfire.When a pesky wizard-type pulls Peter out of a nap, telling him to wake up and save the world, Peter’s naturally not interested. It’s only when a strange clue in his birthday treasure hunt leads him to Dad’s Global Advanced Intelligence Agency (GAIA) jacket that Peter starts to change his mind.

In the pocket, he finds a card for Spiral Hall—Secret School for the Ecodemically Gifted.

The Anthrog forces are rising on earth. They feed on the stench of human greed, and right now it’s a free lunch. The Anthrogs also want to get to GAIA using Peter’s high-tech jacket as the key. Can Peter get to GAIA before the Anthrogs get to him?

Peter Blue’s legend-inspired story combines the magic of a child confronting a promise from another lifetime with the realism of climate change, which Peter and the initiates at Spiral Hall are destined to take on.


Book is available in hardcopy, paperback and e-book formats


“A fantasy tale featuring delightful characters that primes readers for an ongoing series.”

Kirkus Review

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"The Sleeping King will really wake you up with this rousing tale of the adventures of young (11) Peter Blue who is destined to galvanize the world to solve the threat of climate change. Charming and fascinating it is a gripping tale. I can scarcely wait for his further adventures."


Thomas E. Lovejoy

Co-founder of US Public Television’s NATURE series;

Science Envoy for the US Dept of State 2016-2018,

and widely described as our global “Godfather” of Biodiversity

"Laurel Colless has created a magical world where young heroes fight for nature, for its own sake and for our common future.  It’s a gripping read…and an inspiration for the young hero in each of us."

Glenn Prickett

Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

“Laurel Colless has presented one of the most well-written and exciting books I have read in a very long time, which not only entices children to read about important issues which affect the future of life and the future of our planet.”

“For me, reading The Sleeping King was like watching a Cinemax film with subtitles – every single detail was written so well that the images played out perfectly in my mind.”

“With our planet being abused and climate change being held as fake by some of the biggest players in the crime scene, I feel it is absolutely imperative that The Sleeping King be read by all people, young and old.”

“I enjoyed The Sleeping King immensely and feel it should be stocked in libraries at home, school, hospital, social offices and more.”

Rosie Malezer

Reviewer for Readers’ Favorite

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“The Sleeping King by Laurel Colless is a good fantasy read for children, warm and delightful, a story that is sprinkled with elements of mythology and magic.”

“The dialogues are lively, indicating the author’s gift for humor and allowing character development to evolve. The Sleeping King is utterly entertaining and the writing is confident, balanced, and focused.”

“This is the kind of book that can used to raise awareness in children on global warming and other social issues threatening humankind.” 

Christian Sia

Reviewer for Readers’ Favorite

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Five Star Reviews & Finalist in the Children - General Category

The National Association

of Book Entrepreneurs

2018 Pinnacle Book Award for best book of eco-adventure

Silver Medal Winner in the Fiction - Children’s Literature Category

2018 Gold Award in Pre-Teen Fiction Category

Laurel Colless brings a background in environmental business and literature to create a new kind of myth-making that reflects the reality of today’s children – separating from nature and from each other. Through storytelling Laurel Colless wants children to take the lead on big world problems like climate change, extreme weather, and plastic pollution, drawing wisdom from all the intelligences available: from

super-technology to trees, and even from the croak of an occasional frog.

Laurel Colless is an Al Gore Climate Reality Leader.

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