Tea in Pajamas (Book 2): Beyond Belzerac
Classmates Belle, Tess and Julien discover that a quirky teatime ritual on Wednesday afternoons is the secret gateway into Belzerac, a strange new world of talking animals and a glittering blue forest. But while Belzerac is easy to access, it’s a little trickier to return from. After multiple visits, the children realize there are no tried-and-true ways to get home, and they might be stranded if they never find Belzerac's secret exit. Meanwhile, musician Orpheus is grief-stricken when a snake bite claims his bride Eurydice’s life on their wedding night. In a do-or-die mission, he departs the living realm and descends into the Underworld in search of her. Heading straight for the royal court of Hades and Persephone, Orpheus hopes to petition the King and Queen for Eurydice’s release. To his dismay, however, it seems the royal couple may not be the ones holding the keys to his wife’s freedom. In this sequel to the fantasy adventure novel, Tea in Pajamas, Belle and friends—as well as Orpheus and Eurydice—all want the same thing: to be authors of their own fate. But they’ll have to learn that salvation isn't about a destination, and has to come from within.
Rachel Tey is the author of the middle-grade fantasy adventure series, Tea in Pajamas and Tea in Pajamas: Beyond Belzerac, and most recently contributed an original short story, "The Midnight Mission", to the anthology A View of the Stars: Stories of Love (Felix Cheong and Anitha Pillai, eds). She is also a resident writer and creative writing workshop instructor at Sing Lit Station. Rachel was awarded the NAC grant in 2015, was a speaker at the Singapore Writers Festival 2016, and her books have been presented at the London and Frankfurt Bookfairs. Outside of writing and conducting talks and workshops for schools, she works as a content and communications specialist. Rachel lives in Singapore with her husband, who illustrated her books, and two children.