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Giggleswick: The Amadán Map (Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Mainster , Lindsey S.M. Loegters
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A storybook adventure ... 

It's a natural phenomenon -- a small country in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean hidden from the rest of the world by a circle of unnavigable fog.  It's called Giggleswick, and twelve-year old Elliot Bisby has never heard of it, that is until he and his family are approached by an unusual man and asked to move there.  Before they know it, the struggling Bisby family finds themselves on a tiny boat captained by a man who prefers a singing parrot to a compass, and they soon embark on a journey that no other seaman could make and live to tell about.

In Giggleswick, Elliot and his parents find themselves mingling with a colorful set of locals the likes of which include an Irish-Arabian bagpiper, a man who thinks he's a knight, and a woman who does her exercises on the roof in high-heels.

At last, Elliot has found the happiness he's been waiting for and a place to call his own, but what he doesn't know, is that helping Giggleswick to remain hidden from the rest of the world may prove far more difficult and dangerous than he could have ever imagined ...

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"Matthew is a skillful storyteller ... with each word, it was like a paintstroke, painting a very vivid picture. The way he describes things inside this imaginary city is simply incredible. There are plenty of surprises from beginning to end ... the perfect book to kickstart what it is certain to be an amazing series" ~ JeanBookNerd Reviews

"If you like Harry Potter, you will like Giggleswick" ~ Katherine Lashley, author of My Younger Older Sister

"A fast-paced, magical story that both children and adults will love!" ~ Reviewer, Holly

"Had me chuckling out loud" ~ Reviewer, S Thompson

"If you are a fan of books such as the Harry Potter series, you won't be disappointed ... It's perfect for you, whether you are young, or simply young at heart" ~ Reviewer, Elizabeth J. Eynon

"A fun, light read that will keep you smiling" ~ Reviewer, Leslie C. Smith

"Definitely not just for kids" ~ Reviewer, rlw

"It is so wonderful to see kids wanting to read, and this book is just that book" ~ Reviewer, sue2707

About the Author

A musician by trade, Matthew Mainster began writing Giggleswick on the backs of his piano scores while holed up in practice rooms throughout college. He is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Yale University, and lives with his family in Maryland. COMING JANUARY 2015! Good and evil won't be quite so black and white in Matthew Mainster's first novel for adults (Psychological Thriller). Then, stay tuned in SUMMER 2015 for a new children's novel set during the second World War (Magical Realism).

Product Details

  • File Size: 4556 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615621929
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lee Press (December 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083P8F6A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Charming and a Bit Odd February 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked this book because it touched upon a number of common middle grade themes, plots and sub-plots, but in an unconventional and interesting way.

The book starts off with an unusual and very engaging feel. Wally, an ambassador/seeker from the fog hidden, unknown island nation of Giggleswick, arrives in America to search for a pleasant family to take home with him to be new Giggleswickian citizens. Wally wanders around being bemused and amazed by the modern gadgets and social practices he encounters. Wally is simple and vague and almost manically cheerful. There is a lot of subtle wit built into this part of the book, but also a lot of cheerfulness and good humor. The author avoids irony or sarcasm or satire, and just has fun with this uncomplicated soul wandering around America.

The family he finds, the Bisbys, consists of a failed dreamer Dad, a steadfastly supportive Mom, and a bright shy youngster, Elliot, who will end up being our hero. The Bisbys are portrayed as an almost ideal happy family, again without irony, and with a gentle good natured regard. Once the Bisbys arrive in Giggleswick their unbounded happiness in finding themselves in a nice, friendly, peaceful place reads like the happy ending of a fable.

At this point Elliot makes a friend in Giggleswick, we work through a bunch of middle grade drama that is presented in a low key and almost tongue in cheek style, and the actual action plot moves into gear. Elliot and his new friend Eliza are both pretty grounded so they make nice foils for the idiosyncratic Giggleswickians, and their running dialogue keeps the book from going over the top.

No spoilers here, but we have a thing, it's hidden, people want to find it, there are chases and so on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read June 29, 2012
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It's a fun read for all ages. A delightful cast of characters in a most unique location. Quite imaginative. Can't wait for the sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! February 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Giggleswick: The Amadan Map was a very enjoyable read! Mr. Mainster's characters are easy to relate to and his subtle humor had me chuckling out loud several times. I am looking forward to reading his next installment in the Giggleswick Trilogy. I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming! June 12, 2012
By face223
Format:Paperback
A charming place is Giggleswick! Wish it were a real place we could visit. I especially want to try all the varieties of knicklebeans! Looking forward to more adventures in this small town apart from the rest of the world!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world of Giggleswick May 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
The reader is in for a nice surprise to learn that Giggleswick is not a typical town, but one with a touch of magic, making the people, items, and events seem quirky. The characters will quickly become your favorites, especially Eliza's kind parents and Trixie. It can be fun for a reader to immerse him or herself in the world of Giggleswick, with their foo trees and candy, and different social customs. But don't get too enamored of this new world, for there is a mystery that needs to be solved! If you like Harry Potter, you will like Giggleswick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Wait to Finish It! June 25, 2014
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I am an elementary school teacher, and I will definitely recommend this series to my students! This book is creative, witty, and has a completely unique plot. I know that my students will love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giggles wick February 28, 2014
Format:Paperback
This is such a good book. I liked getting to know the characters. Giggles wick is such a fun place even with the drama that Elliot and his friends encounter. I can't wait for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story! February 19, 2014
By Holly
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I have to say that this is an adventure any reader will enjoy! The author is a gifted wordsmith, and has an ability to paint a beautiful picture with words that makes the story truly come alive in the imagination. It is a fast-paced, magical story that both children and adults will love! I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to read what how the series will end!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read from start to finish
Fantastic read from start to finish! Enjoyable for all ages, funny and original, kept me both laughing out loud and intrigued by mystery--what a wonderful balance! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica L. Deskin
3.0 out of 5 stars Smart writing yet lacks holding interest
Very well written and cleverly done
It took a while to get into the story and for some reason it isn't making me a story that I can't put down. I could read it or leave it.
Published 1 month ago by Newark
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful story! Fast-paced and fun
What a wonderful story! Fast-paced and fun, this book brims with delightful characters and inventive plot twists. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ann Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book for 4th and 5th graders!!!
I loved The Amadan Map so much I ordered 25 copies for our after school book club. The students enjoyed discussing the rich characters and had fun predicting what would happen in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathy W
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for teenagers!
I know two teenagers who wouldn't have read anything last summer had I not introduced this book to them. They loved reading Giggleswick! Fun to read.
Published 6 months ago by Hye Hyun Sung
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read!
What a riveting tale! If you are a fan of books such as the Harry Potter series, you won't be disappointed in Mainster's land of Giggleswick. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth J. Eynon
5.0 out of 5 stars Giggleswick I: the start of a fun journey
In Giggleswick, Mainster has created a world of (supposed) harmony and friendship. However, like any Eden, there are snakes that get in the way of our heroes and best intentions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leslie C Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!
The first Giggleswick book is a fantastic read for all ages. It is full of exciting adventure and leaves you eager to read what happens next. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary
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More About the Author

A musician by trade, Matthew Mainster began writing Giggleswick on the backs of his piano scores while holed up in practice rooms throughout college. He is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Yale University, and lives with his family in Maryland.

For more on Matthew Mainster or to listen to his recordings, visit www.youtube.com/user/pianoplyr24/videos.

For the official Giggleswick website, visit http://theworldofgiggleswick.blogspot.com.

Be the first to hear about new releases! Sign up for Matthew Mainster's New Release Mailing-List here: http://eepurl.com/XntUH

COMING JANUARY 2015! Good and evil won't be quite so black and white in Matthew Mainster's first novel for adults (psychological thriller). Then, stay tuned in SUMMER 2015 for a new children's novel set during the second World War (magical realism).



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