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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432725084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432725082
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,815,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Valerie Froelich was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana. I was glad to grow up in the late 50's and early 60's. Times were so easy back then. At the grand old age of 25, I left home and headed for Florida. I was tired of the snow and cold of Indiana. That was 1980 and I haven't looked back. It was also in that year that I started on the first chapter of my book. It was on the way home from Tampa in the back seat of the car. For a couple of years, it took off and I managed to get a few more chapters done. The following decade, I put the story aside. Life got busy and I found myself occupied with other issues. I picked up the story again in 2000. It would take 7 more years to finish it on paper and actually put it on the computer. My book was finally published in 2008 and I was never so proud of this accomplishment.

I am also proud to say that I am a breast cancer survivor. I was told in June of 2003 that I had this awful disease. I went through surgery and 3 months of chemo. Chemo was hard, I lost all my hair (which is just about the worst thing) and I looked sick. In spite of all that, I never gave up. I managed to continue working full time, which at times was not easy. I found an inner strength that I believe came from God. I never gave up my faith in Him or my faith in me. My family helped me through a lot. After all that was done, I was a changed person on the inside. I felt I was a kinder person. Life and family and love that is what is important.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna del C. Dye on February 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I got this book by chance and was surprised to find it a great book. The tale of a half elve child that has a destiny to fulfill is not that unfamiliar, but the new refreshing way that Valerie used to tell her tale is very good. This book will attract pre-teens with its easy reading and the enchanting story. I am sure that boys and girls will equally love this new author and even kids who have problems with reading will find it very interesting and likable. I like the way she used old names to create great characters and to give them their own personality.
You have to give this author a try...
Anna del C.
Author of "The Silent Warrior Trilogy"

The Elf and The Princess: The Silent Warrior Trilogy - Book One
Trouble in the Elf City: The Silent Warrior Trilogy - Book Two
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia S. Freespirit on March 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Fantasy readers will enjoy this short story of a young boy who is thrust into an exciting and dangerous adventure. Characters from the beloved Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien fill this fast-paced tale that is wrought with magic, gods and dark powers.

Matt and his sister Megan find themselves thrust into danger when Gandor appears at their otherwise peaceful home. The truth about Matt's birth and heritage are revealed during their perilous venture. The Crystal & The Child is filled with twists and turns that will delight every reader.

This is definitely G-rated and young readers will enjoy this book along with adults.

Marcia Freespirit, CEO
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexis DeSousa on March 1, 2011
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The Crystal and the Child centers around Matt, a young boy who finds out he has much more to offer. He and his sister are met by a wizard, Gandor, who takes them on the adventure of their lives in an effort to see Matt grow into his true potential.

This book was a nice read and had a neat take on a what some might call a general type of fantasy. I agree with other reviewers in that the book reads nicely for those in their teens. It is an epic tale that combine elves, wizards, and Gods with the love of family and the growing of a young boy into his own.

Alexis Leno
Author of Shifting Fate
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Mawhiney on March 10, 2011
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The Crystal and the Child is a short-ish story about a young half-elf, half-god boy who is connected to a magical crystal and must defeat his evil uncle. Along for the ride are his human sister Megan, a wizard named Gandor, and several other beings.

Overall, I think this would make for a good story if it undertook some heavy editing. It sort of reminded me of '80s movies like Labyrinth or Dark Crystal, and definitely of Lord of the Rings, and there are some places in the book with good writing. But the typos, grammatical and punctuation errors, and segments lacking sufficient description detracted from the story and led me to give a lower rating.

All in all, a good idea for a story, and I think with some editing, it could be much more enjoyable.

Shannon
Reviewer - Fantasy Kindle Book Club
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Gill on February 26, 2009
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A mythical story with an Arthurian flavour about a boy's discovery of his true identity. Unusual and mysterious place names fit the legendary setting where evil forces clash with the good and the beautiful. Trees talk, barren land blooms with brilliant magical roses,the mystery of life and death is revealed as evil spells are shattered and a prophecy fulfilled. This could be possible filmic material as it flits between so many enchanted lands. But the story is more than an enchanted adventure it is also about family values and the meaning of true love.
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