Author & Educational Consultant
"Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship." - Bahá’u’lláh
About the Author
Lisa Perskie Rodriguez is an international educator who lived abroad for over three decades. She worked as a teacher and school administrator in international schools in Colombia, South America, Guatemala, and Brazil. She raised her children in Colombia, which was her home for 21 years. She was privileged with the opportunity to serve the indigenous community in rural areas, the Wayuu in the Guajira region.
Experiencing different cultures and learning Spanish and Portuguese nourished her vision as a writer. She believes it is not only “nice” but necessary to integrate, listen to, and work with those who hold different world views. Diversity enhances and enriches us! If we are to champion a better, kinder, and more just world, we must develop our creative capacities in concert with our scientific and cultural knowledge.
Laela and the Moonline is her first novel. This book is dedicated to her grandchildren: Leyla, Mateo, Lucas, and Gabriel, all promising world citizens with open hearts and a strong sense of social justice.
Laela and the Moonline
“Surprises unfold in the predictable. . . . You can never fully foresee the foreseen.”
Long ago, the four tribes of Aerizon lived as one people, but the time of unity has passed. Now, three of the tribes collectively called the Treedles inhabit the forest canopy. The fourth tribe, the Mergons, live on the ground and pose a constant threat to the Treedles. Laela is a young Treedle girl coming of age in the treetop realm of Aerizon. Her destiny, as yet unrevealed, will cast her in the role of catalyst for epic change.
“A teenager seeks adventure and transcendence in this YA fantasy debut.
Laela is a Treedle who lives in the elevated canopy world of Aerizon. She's about to transition from girlhood to womanhood, and in the Pyuva clan, that means a life focused on the home and child rearing. But Laela yearns to continue hunting and exploring the wider realm, activities reserved for boys and men. Complicating her feelings is an attraction to her handsome and popular Pyuva classmate Vito. . . . Perskie delivers a lushly crafted tale that embraces the chosen one trope in unexpected ways. Laela will earn her place in readers' hearts with her relatable bristling at Treedle conformity. . . . The details about Treedle culture—including Laela's stay in the Enclosure during her transition—make the hero's transgressions later in the narrative all the more astonishing...” — Kirkus Reviews