Heather is an author/illustrator/graphic designer. She began writing her first book, "The Nameless World," in 2005 and since has published three of her own books and has illustrated three other published books. Originally from Northwest Pennsylvania, Heather currently resides in Kilgore, Texas where she enjoys working full-time as a graphic designer for an advertising agency. For more information about books written or illustrated by Heather Payer-Smith, please visit www.payersmithbooks.weebly.com.
Noah is the target of the school bullies every day. They taunt him, take his possessions and even hit him over the head with his own book! The young protagonist is afraid to fight back, but when the bullies throw his favorite book into a mud puddle during recess he snaps and launches a rock at the biggest bully's head. A teacher comes at the sound of the bully's distressed cries and Noah hides behind a large oak tree. It is there that he finds his missing science teacher's glasses and two mysterious puzzle pieces that transport him to another world. As Noah travels through this world trying to get back home he makes new friends, discovers an ecosystem with life-giving rivers and rescues native creatures from being eaten by bigger beasts. He also discovers that the humans of this world aren't well liked by the native creatures - for a very good reason: they are destroying the delicate ecosystem along with the creatures who depend on it. Noah must find his way through this world to the Chatalbin who can send him home, and to do this he must find the courage within himself to brave the nameless world. The Nameless World is an exciting and thought-provoking adventure that middle grade readers are sure to love.
"The Nameless World" is a wonderful and colourful adventure book with a vital environmental and spiritual message.
Noah, the main protagonist is very young, shy, insecure and full of fear. He is bullied at school on regular basis. His self-esteem is at the lowest possible level. One day at school when he finds out that his favourite teacher - Mr. Potter is gone, Noah gets into big troubles with bullies and skips school. Or at least this is what he thinks has happened.
When Noah wakes up, he finds himself in the magical Nameless World, full of unusual creatures and amazing vegetation.
While travelling through the unknown land, Noah meets Grelgor who agrees to help him find Chatnoir, a powerful and wise being who may be able to help Noah to get back home.
Heather Payer-Smith did a fantastic job writing great dialogues and coming up with remarkable creatures inhabitating fascinating world.
I would recommend this book to any parent. In fact I think everyone should have a copy at home to help children overcome their fears and help them to learn that destroying the natural environment has consequences.
I'm looking forward to reading the second installment.
When I picked up the book, I was hesitant to read it knowing it dealt with bullies, because of my fair share being picked on when I was Noah's age. About the 6th chapter I realized I could not put the book down, I had to continue to find out what Noah was going to do, what courage would he mustard up to get through the obstacles that he faced. I would then think about my life and the obstacles that I faced then and even now. He gave me the strength to face my fears, to face my challenges, and try to make a difference in the world, just a little at a time. I loved how Noah was not a typical hero but just an average kid that decided to make a difference and do what was right know matter what the cost to him would be.
Noah is a fifth grader who is regularly bullied by an older boy, Kevin, and his followers. Other than science with his favorite teacher, Mr. Porter, school life is far from enjoyable for young Noah.
One day, when Mr. Porter is mysteriously absent from the classroom, Noah stands up to Kevin and the knock-on effects lead him to discover two puzzle pieces that transport him to the titular Nameless World.
This new and fantastically imagined world is a wonderful place filled with the strangest of creatures and vegetation - some of which can even talk. Problems not dissimilar to those of our own world are starting to take their toll in `The Nameless World' as nature suffers at the hands of those who seek to plunder its wildlife for their own pleasure.
It seems that destiny has a hero's adventure in mind for Noah as he is quickly pulled into helping those that want to save their world as he seeks his way back home. Noah must dig deep to overcome his fears and do what he knows is right before attempting to leave his new-found friends.
I was pulled quickly into this story and found myself rooting for Noah every step of the way. There is a clear moral message which is delivered without lecturing and which never interferes with the reader's enjoyment.
It is rare to find books for children as well written and descriptively crafted as this one. If you are a parent and wish to treat your child to a riveting read while encouraging them to consider the effects of the way we treat our planet then this is the book for you.
According to one review I'd heard about, The Nameless World by Heather Payer-Smith reads like a second-rate Wizard Of Oz. By story's end I can see - vaguely - where the Oz comparisons might be drawn, but `second-rate' is an unfair dismissal.
For one thing, the book struck a note for me more in tune with Narnia and perhaps the Hobbit, with a side-serving of Wonderland. This, I appreciate, is suggestive of some extensive borrowing, but all stories are the sum of borrowed goods and they're best measured in terms of the extent to which they add up to something new. Here, what we have are mostly echoes of these other stories and Payer-Smith does bring her own perspective to this tale of young well-meaning lad, Noah, who drops through a portal to the eponymous world with no name.
Its key strengths lie in the vivid colour and imagination with which the author has forged her particular brand of otherworld and there's no small degree of cleverness in the way she turns our ecosystem on its head while proceeding to tell a story that essentially deals with some very straightforward environmental issues. It's reasonably subtle with it, not hammering the message into tender young skulls, so in my inexpert estimation it might stand a fair chance of getting youngsters interested in green concerns at an early age.
Where it was less successful for me was in some of the dialogue and, more especially, in some of the internal monologue from Noah. Occasionally I'd find words like `induced' and I could be wrong - sure, I used to be a kid myself, but it's so long ago it's difficult to remember with any certainty - but it seems very grown-up language in the head of a young boy. I've known kids who were advanced for their age, but that's not the impression painted here.Read more ›