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The Jackal and the Giant (The Spirithaven Adventures Book 2) Kindle Edition

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"With its Christian allegory, personification of good and evil and journey toward redemption, The Jackal and the Giant takes a highly unusual approach to the thorny subject of bullying; in places, it's reminiscent of John Bunyan's classic The Pilgrim's Progress...the author shows not only how it's possible to stand up to bullies, but how the bullies often act from deep-seated insecurity and unhappiness. 

A thoughtful, uplifting book that deals with a difficult subject..."  ~Kirkus Reviews


"The Jackal and the Giant will capture young audiences with its fantasy setting of adventure, intrigue and faith. It brilliantly tackles the subject of bullying through the imaginative tale of its protagonist. 
 
Seth is quite aware of his place in the social class of his school and the so-called "packs."  He has nineteen hidden refuges, but, unfortunately, number seventeen is discovered, forcing Seth to flee.  A hidden entrance in a hedge propels him into a magical dimension, where he is befriended by a giant named "El" and initiates the journey of a lifetime.
 
This short novel is an inventive tale offering tweens and young adults alike another way of responding to bullying.  The author presents a delightful, entertaining and heart-warming character who ultimately forms an unlikely friendship. Readers will be kept on the edge of their seats through the use of descriptive imagery and dialogue that keeps the story alive.
 
Finding faith in God and inner strength is a theme explored throughout the book, offering perspective on courage.  This is a highly recommended read for those experiencing loneliness, change and/or bullying.  The book brilliantly displays that turning to the Lord is an extraordinary inner journey."  ~Christian Book Review

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  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2X2L0G
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When Braden McElroy is not writing fantasy for children, he is usually preoccupied with the adult equivalent - developing financial forecasts for his employer in Houston, Texas. Proof resides somewhere in his attic that he earned degrees in agribusiness and Russian language and literature from Oklahoma State University, as well as an MBA from Yale University. In his spare time, he continues to help manage family cotton farming operations near his hometown in Oklahoma. Otherwise, his personal identity has been reduced to "Lisa's husband" and "Mara and Rowan's dad". Also, he is responsible for sifting the kitty litter.

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Disclosure: I know the gent who wrote this and have been watching his development as a youth/young adult author for some time. I'm delighted that his second volume has been published.

As I've said before, people of faith haven't always had literature specific to their interests; other than, you know, St. Augustine and C. S. Lewis, there aren't tons of thoughtful, in-depth, honest examinations of the challenges of developing and sustaining a belief in something that can't be parsed in a lab. Finding truthful explorations of faith aimed at children, tweens, and young adults is even harder.

"The Jackal and the Giant" takes as its theme a childhood experience so familiar as to be cliche by now: bullying. Seth, the protagonist, has been bullied often enough to be a master at two essential survival skills: fleeing and hiding. They serve him well until the day his favorite Seth-cave is discovered by a world-class torment artist named Jacklyn--or, as her terrified victims call her, the Jackal. Armed with a crew of pint-sized plug-uglies, the Jackal flushes Seth from his hiding place, and the chase is on.

Obviously, hiding is no longer an option, and the flight will end when Seth's legs give out. Now what?

It's the "Now what" that forms the bulk of the story, which is less than 100 pages but feels expansive and unhurried. As in the author's previous volume, "The Shadow in the Garden", there's a thicket with a concealed gap, an unexpected journey, and a magical world on the other side.
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The Jackal and the Giant, the second book in The Spirithaven Adventures, will capture young audiences with its fantasy setting of adventure, intrigue and faith. It brilliantly tackles the subject of bullying through the imaginative tale of its protagonist, a young boy named Seth.

Seth is quite aware of his place in the social class of his school and the so-called "packs." He has nineteen hidden refuges, but, unfortunately, number seventeen is discovered, forcing Seth to flee. A hidden entrance in a hedge propels him into a magical dimension, where he is befriended by a giant named "El" and initiates the journey of a lifetime.

This short novel is an inventive tale offering tweens and young adults alike another way of responding to bullying. The author presents a delightful, entertaining and heart-warming character who ultimately forms an unlikely friendship. Readers will be kept on the edge of their seats through the use of descriptive imagery and dialogue that keeps the story alive. The subject of bullying throughout this story is one that will find its way into the hearts of many, as most have not escaped some sort of ridicule during their young years.

Finding faith in God and inner strength is a theme explored throughout the book, offering perspective on courage and how to overcome life's obstacles. This is a highly recommended read for those experiencing loneliness, change and/or bullying. The book brilliantly displays that turning to the Lord is an extraordinary inner journey.
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This book might make you look at things differently, and that is its best feature. I felt it moved slowly and I actually left the book to read another, only to come back and finish up this one. Much of the allegorical aspects are fairly obvious, but still framed in a way that might open up new lines of thinking. I felt the conclusion was pat and incredible. I don't believe that domestic violence would be as easily overcome as the book indicated and I felt that cheapened the conclusion somewhat. However, I'm still interested in this author's future work.
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This book made me think. Hard. And it made me smile, a lot. I found it hard to stop reading once I got started. The underlying message in this book is cleverly delivered and in a way that makes the reader think deeper. I simply loved this story.
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This book makes adults think and can inspire kids. That is what I loved most about this book. There are some slow parts, but I do not think a kid would notice them. It definitely is perfect for its intended audience. I have not tried it out on my kids yet, but I plan to.

I also liked that it still maintained the adventure without fighting or blood. That is a pretty difficult thing to do really. The quest for inner strength was enough of an adventure on its own.

As far as the faith aspect, it is present very well. The book allows you to draw your own conclusions instead of being preachy. It truly is purely about faith and not religion, which is nice.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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Great story for young people especially. Very easy to read with a fantastic lesson! Looking forward to reading the next one in the series. I also liked the "About the Author" -it was funny :)
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