Noelle Hall, whose roots come from Woody Point, Bonne Bay, has just
released her second children’s book.
Emily & the Captain: A Winter Adventure
is a follow up to the best seller,
Emily & the Captain: A Woody Point Story.
Noelle’s mother, Georgia Kathleen Noel, was born and raised in
Woody Point, Bonne Bay, which lies on the western shores of
Newfoundland. Her father, Albert H. Chason was an U.S. Marine, who
shortly after World War II, was transferred from the Pacific to
Newfoundland. There he met and married Georgia. Noelle and her sisters
lived and attended school in Stafford, Virginia, but most summers were
spent in Woody Point. As a teenager, Noelle’s love for
Newfoundland became very strong. This led her to later attend Memorial
Noelle’s books pay homage to this wondrous breathtaking place
called Woody Point, which lies within the realms of Gros Morne Park. .
“Everywhere I look I am surrounded by the beautiful blue bay and
the hills that come down to meet it. I still never tire of this
spectacular scenery. I have hiked many of these trails numerous times,
yet I still find something new to behold. You never know what is waiting
around a bend. And I have been graced more than once at night while
sitting out by the lighthouse to have the privilege of northern lights
dance around me.”
Emily & the Captain A Woody Point Story
is a fairy tale about a sea captain cursed to live his life as a
lighthouse and the girl who befriends him. The real Woody Point
lighthouse, which stands guard over the bay, has been a constant figure
in Noelle’s life. A first time visitor to Woody Point once
commented that the lighthouse was like a friend to her. “That
statement is what made me start to ponder the idea about a lighthouse
with human qualities. I prefer the term, “a lighthouse with a
soul”, stated Noelle, during a CBC interview. The book is filled
with characters that pertain to Newfoundland such as a good fairy named
Glow-ria who is a northern light. There are moose, caribou, bear, trout
and an eagle involved in the story.
Noelle’s second book was launched in Newfoundland on July 6th
of this year. It will launch in the states in October.
Emily & the Captain: A Winter Adventure
promises to be even more exciting. It will have more interaction with
the animals that are briefly met in the first book. There are a little
lost fox; moose and bear tobogganing; a dancing snowman and lots of
As a member of the Virginia Reading in Education Association and the
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Noelle is
an avid promoter of literacy and spends as much time as possible touring
in areas of Canada and the United States, visiting schools and raising
funds for libraries. Her book talks are not only fun but also are very
informative. Children in the states learn some geography, history and
culture pertaining to Newfoundland. The children get to see a video of
the northern lights. There are caribou and moose antlers to be seen. She
even gives a demonstration on cod jigging! Her talks have been very
highly praised by young and old.
Noelle was honored with giving a presentation at the Virginia Book
Festival, which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, March 20-24,
2002. Talk about a great way to promote literacy. They have authors
giving presentations for four days. She also gave a presentation at the
Children’s Museum in Portsmouth, Virginia. She will be presenting
her work at the Book Expo in Toronto in 2003.
Noelle resides in Spotsylvania, Virginia, with her husband Greg and
their two dogs. However, during the summers you can usually find her at
her house in Woody Point. She also spends some of the summer giving
several presentations at libraries and for Parks Canada at one of their
interpretation sites. One winter she went around to various out port
libraries helping them to raise funds, and get the children involved in
reading programs. There are plans for her to tour some schools again in
Noelle’s publisher, ESP PRESS, is located in Portugal Cove,
Newfoundland. This leaves the promoting and marketing of the book in the
United States mainly to her. Noelle says this is a lot of work but is a
worthwhile endeavor. They are constantly getting new locations where the
book is available. They are now working with a major book retailer in
Virginia, which should expand to other states. They also are in the
process of setting up signings with a major book retailer in the Toronto
Area. Ordering on line is also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the
web page, www.esppress.com.
“So your friends are going a away this summer. They may be
going to Walt Disney World, Pike’s Peak, and Grand Canyons.
Perhaps they are going to Europe or taking a cruise to the Caribbean.
That is nice for them. BUT are you aware of all the places you can go
and not even leave your hometown?
You could go sailing on the high seas or dive to the ocean floor on a
submarine. Perhaps you will soar in a bi-plane or a hot air balloon
while performing daring rescues. You may get to ride a camel across the
desert or sit in the antlers of a moose as you travel through the North
And the people you could meet! You could ride with Paul Revere; be
there as Alexandra Graham Bell makes his first telephone call, you may
even help Marconi as he attempts his first trans atlantic wireless.
Perhaps you will have tea with Catherine the Great, Dolly Madison or
Eleanor Roosevelt. You may even get to discuss politics with Abe Lincoln
or Steven Douglas. And no doubt you will chase the bad guys with Wyatt
Erp and the Texas Rangers.
And how do you do all this without leaving your hometown? It is
simple; just go to your local library. The adventures are limitless.
Devour one book after the other and then if you still hunger for more,
take pen in hand and write your own story. I did.”
The above was part of a speech Noelle gave to students at a school
festival to promote literacy.
So watch for these delightful stories that will either give you and
your children a little insight into one of Canada’s best-kept
secrets, or it will refresh your memory of growing up in an out port.
If you are in the Brampton, Ontario area you can meet
Noelel at CHAPTERS on Saturday Sept 14th and at INDIGO on the 15th.