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The Moon Coin (The Moon Realm Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 304 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 18
Grade Level: 5 - 12

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"The Moon Coin is a fine and adventurous read for young adults, highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review

"So begins a beautifully descriptive, cleverly written, intricate story, full of adventure and captivating characters, who draw you into their very lives and worlds. The wider adult reading population will no doubt be entranced by the skill of the author, Richard Due. I just cannot believe that this maturity and skill with the written word comes from a debut author." --Fiction Books

From the Author

Independent bookstore owner. Author of The Moon Coin & The Dragondain. Epic fantasy for ages 9 to 99.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9799 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbering Gnome Press, A Division of Ingenious Inventions Run Amok, Ink (August 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JFMKB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tales, unlike stories, never lie. --Lord Autumn

Independent bookstore owner. Father of ducks. Dixon ticonderoga slayer. Photon stalker. Author of the award-winning Moon Realm series.

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Nine Moons Make A Realm...An Oft Repeated Fact By Two Young, New Fans Of The Moon Coin

Author Richard Due has written a fabulous adventure for young minds to immerse themselves in mystery, discovery, wonder, and danger. Jasper and Lily are wonderfully created characters, full of personality, life, and depth. This fact endeared the book to me at once, as the brother and sister of Due's making lacked all the boredom, laziness, un-imaginative apathy, and mock-maturity of too many middle grade characters. Eager to learn and acutely aware of right and wrong, Jasper and Lily engage in antics of youth with curious bliss rather than the dark brooding of misunderstood angst.

A read-aloud for younger children, The Moon Coin could be enjoyed through the middle grades easily. Intricate sentence structure, vivid descriptions, and complexity of storyline make Due's offering a welcome treat for young readers/listeners.

I (Moira) read The Moon Coin aloud to my seven and eight year old sons; and believe me when I tell you, they begged for more. The story, while quite detailed, held their interest throughout. They would stop me to inquire about words they didn't understand (style points for Due in incorperating rich vocabulary) and then quiet down to listen once again. The chapters are long, so be aware if you plan to read-aloud - bring a cup of tea!

The electrimals remained a favorite for both boys, but there was no lack of creativity to choose from. Lunariums, Mr. Phixit, nine-sided windows, puzzles to solve, and clues to dicipher abound within The Moon Coin, earning my highest recommendation.
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Lily Winter and her brother, Jasper have always loved the bedtime tales their Uncle Ebb told them about a fantastical place called the Moon Realm. But as the children grew older, the tales lost their magic and they became just good stories. Nine years after Lily and Jasper heard their first tale, Uncle Ebb goes missing. Lily and Jasper search his house, in hopes of finding some clue as to where he has gone. On their search, they find mysterious rooms they had never been allowed in before. Uncle Ebb's private rooms. In one of these secret rooms they find a strange coin that was covered in strange symbols strung up on a necklace. The moon coin. That necklace would take Lily to the Moon Realm, a place that was supposed to be only make-believe. Only it wasn't really and Lily finds the Moon Realm in dire need of saving. She takes it upon herself, and in turn, her brother, to be the savior of the nine moons and all the fascinating inhabitants of them. Will the two be enough to save an entire universe?

I loved this. Every page grips the readers further into the Moon Realm. The beautiful illustrations by Carolyn Arcabascio give the readers a peek into the chapter's content. The writing is so beautiful and vivid, I had no trouble seeing the whole thing in my mind, like a movie. The characters, especially those from the Moon Realm are so well-rounded and the actual moons themselves are just plain amazing. They are well-developed and practically individual characters themselves. Form the Rinn of Barreth to the Dragondain of Dain, each moon introduced me to a whole new world with a new set of characters, but the transition was flawless. I was so far into these worlds, I still thought about them for days after I finished it.
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I've been working on how to phrase this review for a while, but I sit down planning to sound all clever and erudite and end up getting all wistful and making lots of hands-over-my-heart gestures at the screen, so I think this time I'm just going to go with that....

The Moon Coin is lovely, folks. It is charming and clever and beautiful and daring; it's full of adventure and surprises and courage and puzzles and characters with whom I fell immediately and permanently in love. It's written with a younger audience in mind--think "older elementary school, some middle schoolers"--but it's the sort of book that just begs for a blanket and some comfy pillows and a crackling fire on the hearth, with everyone piled in together and hearing about far-off lands full of faeries and dragons and cats big enough to ride (they get really crabby about that, though, so I don't recommend trying it). It doesn't shy away from big words or complex ideas, but couches them all in a universe that's so rich and consuming that they're not "too hard"...and it's just. so. fun.

The downside is that it's the first of an as-yet uncompleted series, so you can't just sit down and binge-read through them all; the upside is that every minute in this world is delicious and grand, and makes you want nothing more than to have your own Moon Coin so you can go adventuring. Grab the youngsters who mean the most to you, settle in, and enjoy!
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I haven't read a YA fantasy for a long time. My comeback to this genre is, gratefully, a pleasant experience because of The Moon Coin by Richard Due.

The Moon Coin is a cleverly crafted story of another world linked to our reality, which could most likely be possible due to Due's masterful storytelling. This vibrant other world, the Moon Realm, starts out as a mere story for Lily and Jasper told by their Uncle Ebb. Nine years after the story is told to them, Uncle Ebb is missing. Lily and Jasper search for clues at Ebb's huge and unusual mansion only to find a mysterious coin--the moon coin. Before the night is out, the coin transports Lily to the Moon Realm. At this particular moment, for Lily, the mystery to Uncle Ebb's disappearance is "solved". But it is only the beginning of a series of adventures for Lily as she come face to face with cat-like beings, flying dragons, merfolk, giants, fairies, and many more creatures imaginable.

How these creatures are narrated is very skillful and vividly detailed that, very impressively, show how well the author knows each and every being in Moon Realm. Reading the book was like seeing a mature Alice of Wonderland in full spy gear sprinting across the fields of Narnia and meeting the people from The Lord of the Rings, minus the tantrums. Reading the story was like actually seeing a new world unfolding around me; hence, Lily's "fear" become my own when I saw this (particular scene) myself:

Dangling down in great arcs from the dead forest above were thin black lines that connected to the pinnacle of the tower. Dark forms emerged from the trees, crawling across the thin webs like spiders to their prey. Their numbers seemed endless.
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You need to take down your own five star review. It's against TOS and it's putting you on do not buy lists. You're reviewing your own book is being discussed in the forum in a negative way. You have good reviews, you need to take yours down
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