The Charm Tree charms tweens

October 21, 2010

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By day, Heather Bax is an office assistant for the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC).

On nights and weekends, however, she writes children’s stories and has just published The Charm Tree, a fantasy novel for kids aged 9–12.

Bax, who has a library and information science degree, joined SFU two-and-half years ago, working for the Learning and Instructional Development Centre. She now helps to develop teaching-support programs for faculty and instructors, and plans to use her writing skills to help produce a newsletter for the TLC.

Bax spent the last six years completing her novel about a shy, 11-year-old girl who’s bullied in school and finds the strength through a fantasy world to stand up for herself.

“The book is about self-empowerment, overcoming obstacles and the power of love,” says Bax, who is already at work on a sequel—one of three planned in the Shansymoon series.

The Charm Tree can be purchased at the SFU Bookstore and ordered online through


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