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Giggleswick: The Amadán Map (Book 1) Kindle Edition

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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 splits his time between rural Maryland and a clock tower in Rockport Harbor, Maine. COMING FALL 2015! God's gonna trouble the water in Matthew Mainster's first novel for adults, a murky family drama entitled, Wade in the Water.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6043 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lee Press (December 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083P8F6A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 splits his time between rural Maryland and a clock tower in Rockport Harbor, Maine.

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 SPRING 2015! God's gonna trouble the water in Matthew Mainster's first novel for adults, a murky family drama entitled, Wade in the Water. Then, stay tuned in SUMMER 2015 for a new children's novel set during the second World War (magical realism).

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 11, 2014
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mara Thompson on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katherine A. Lashley on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Newark on July 23, 2014
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By face223 on June 12, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Taylor on December 11, 2012
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Matt Mainster's debut novel is a charming book meant for both children and adults. It is the story of a family who finally finds a true home in the fanciful land of Giggleswick, an island hidden from the rest of the world by fog. Giggleswick is a place full of intriguing secrets, where anything can happen, from an over-the-top musical theatre production to the search for a map that must not make its way into the wrong hands. The book contains beautiful illustrations and is artfully written as well, with humor, imagination, and a wonderful attention to detail. I especially like the delightfully quirky characters, who have names like "Killer" or, in a clever twist, names that if read backwards spell real words. This book combines the features of the older classic fantasies, such as Pippi Longstocking, with the unique world-building and modern elements of the newer hits, such as The Mysterious Benedict Society. You will love it!
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