By Lisa Gervais

Haliburton writer Marie Gage, and her illustrator Audrey Ramsay, have just released a free ebook that is aimed at helping young children cope with the Covid-19 situation.

Gage said the world is a strange place to navigate these days and she thought it must be very difficult for young children to comprehend.

She said she wanted to do something to make it easier, something that would empower children to be a part of the solution while at the same time help them to understand that this is temporary.

“The underlying message is that a new, brighter day, with more of our usual freedoms, will come again if we all stick together,” Gage said.


To this end, Gage and Ramsay have created the free ebook for adults to download and read to their child.

She said children are encouraged to draw a picture of the new superhero, the Germ Defier, or to make a costume for themselves and take a photo. These can be uploaded to the Author Marie Gage Facebook page in the comments of the posting. Each participating child will then receive a free copy of one of Gage’s other books: “Blake’s Monkey Adventure” in ebook format as a thank you.

The free ebook can be accessed either through the Author Marie Gage Facebook page or the Author Marie Gage website:

“We are hoping that everyone will share the link with their friends and family,” Gage said.

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