Who is Darlene Foster and what does she do when she is not writing?
She is a published children's author, an employment coach/facilitator, an ESL tutor, a wife,
mother and grandmother. She loves travel, shoes, cooking, reading, sewing, chocolate, music, the beach
and making new friends. Her grandson calls her "super-mega-as woman-supreme". She was brought
up on a ranch in Southern Alberta, where she dreamt of traveling the world and meeting new people. She
lives on the West Coast of BC with her husband Paul and two black cats, Pumpkin and Monkey.
Darlene is available for school and library presentations and can be reached
Fun Fact: Did you know that camels have three sets of eyelids? The first two lids have extra-long,
wavy lashes to screen out sand. The third — transparent — eyelid allows them sight even when closed
against a sand storm. Also the third lid blinks sideways, like windshield wipers, to clear the lid of
Amanda Ross is a 12 year old Canadian girl who decides that the only way out of her boring existence
is to travel outside the country. She makes a wish on her twelfth birthday for a chance to travel and
gets an airline ticket to the United Arab Emirates to visit her Aunt the next day. She doesn't even
know where that is and has to look it up on the internet. Once there she meets Leah, an English girl, and
before she knows it they are in the middle of an adventure that involves a runaway princess, bounty
hunters, camels and a sand storm. She often finds herself wishing she were back home in her boring but
safe life once again. Amanda joins Leah in Spain where they help a young girl who looks like a girl in a
famous painting escape the clutches of a mean horse thief. She also visits Leah in England where they get
lost in a maze, hide in an underground tunnel and ride the London Eye in search of a missing vintage novel.
When Leah visits Amanda in Alberta, they take in all the sights while trying to decipher the mysterious
writing on a stone and keep it from getting into the wrong hands. No matter where Amanda travels, she can't
seem to stay away from danger.
To read the first chapters of all Amanda books,
“Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask is an engaging read. Almost immediately I found myself caring
about what happened to Amanda and the more I read the more I wanted to be immersed in the exotic
landscape that Darlene Foster deftly paints. Once you start reading, Amanda in Arabia is hard to put
“Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask is a fast paced, edge-of-your-seat adventure. The chapters
were short, easy to read and flowed smoothly into one another. …These are all admirable features in a
great children’s chapter book. Apart from being technically well written, Amanda’s adventure includes
things that children of all ages can identify with; family, friends, mystery and fantasy. Even though
Amanda in Arabia was written for children, I quickly discovered that I couldn’t put it down and was
intrigued from beginning to end. A lovely reminder that we are all children at heart.” Lisa, mother of
“Just like I was there! I liked reading Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask. It was really cool
that Amanda met a real princess and got to ride on a camel. My favourite part was when Amanda was riding
Ali Baba to go find Princess Shamza because I could feel the excitement in my body like I was doing the
same thing. It was easy to read and the story flowed. I would like it if my cousin could read it because
I think she would like it, too.” Seven year old male reader
"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."
- Maya Angelou