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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613464517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613464519
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The imagery is vivid and the world Dallas has built is absolutely lush. For people looking for high fantasy mixed with teen angst and a lot of secrets, check out this book. I highly recommend." -Amber Vilate, Young Adult Literature Review

"Phantom Island was extremely well-written... There are only a few other novels where I wanted to actually be in their world. I was captured from the very first page." -Marta Morrison, TeensReadToo.com

"The imagery is vivid and the world Dallas has built is absolutely lush. For people looking for high fantasy mixed with teen angst and a lot of secrets, check out this book. I highly recommend." -Amber Vilate, Young Adult Literature Review

"Phantom Island was extremely well-written... There are only a few other novels where I wanted to actually be in their world. I was captured from the very first page." -Marta Morrison, TeensReadToo.com

'The imagery is vivid and the world Dallas has built is absolutely lush. For people looking for high fantasy mixed with teen angst and a lot of secrets, check out this book. I highly recommend.' --Amber Vilate Young Adult Literature Review

Phantom Island was extremely well-written.... There are only a few other novels where I wanted to actually be in their world. I was captured from the very first page.' --Marta Morrison TeensReadToo.com

Phantom Island was extremely well-written.... There are only a few other novels where I wanted to actually be in their world. I was captured from the very first page.' --Marta Morrison TeensReadToo.com

About the Author

Krissi Dallas is a gray-eyed Aerodorian who lives in Texas with her husband, Sam, and their two Yorkies. Krissi teaches junior high Advanced English and enjoys working with and serving alongside the teenagers at Fusion Student Ministries. Whitnee's adventure continues in the second book of the Phantom Island series, Windfall.

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I am a gray-eyed native Aerodorian currently living in Texas, and I feel more like a teenager now than when I actually was a teen! I grew up in San Antonio, graduating from Castle Hills First Baptist School, where I was so blessed to have many adults, teachers, and ministers pour their time, love, and wisdom into me. I went to college at Oklahoma Baptist University where I graduated as a Family Psychology major - which is a wonderful major, even though it only leaves you with more questions about human nature than when you began. After college, I married my best friend, Sam Dallas, and we moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area where Sam got his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He just graduated with another Masters - this time in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Now we're back at Southwestern for his doctorate! Bring on the Ph. D. next! (Sheesh.) We both share the same passion for God and for teenagers. It's a good life!

We have two wicked Yorkies appropriately named Elphaba and Luna. Elphie (left) is our stubborn, but pure-hearted firstborn (named after our favorite heroine in the Broadway show, Wicked). Luna (right) is her quirky, odd little sister (named after Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series). They are our babies.

In my twenties, I discovered a love for teaching; I was the Advanced English/Language Arts teacher at Springtown Middle School for seven years. This is my first year at U.M.E. Preparatory Academy where I am now able to teach students part-time and write books and tour the rest of the time. As a teacher, I get to lead these wonderfully smart and energetic seventh and eighth grade students on perilous and personally-challenging adventures through literature and grammar. I have co-sponsored our school's Student Council and National Junior Honor Society in the past and continue to stay involved with as many school activities as possible! I am so proud of my students - past and present - they inspire me every day to keep challenging myself. We learn together in so many ways.

When away from school, I work alongside Sam at Fusion Student Ministries (www.fusionrpbc.org). I have a passion for (and much experience) working with teenagers - a life that I love. That includes listening to the drama, the laughter, the tears, and the fears of adolescents needing a responsible adult to point them in the right direction. (I am not afraid of practicing tough love... as long as "love" is the key word.) My FSM teens are like my family.

In my seemingly nonexistent spare time, I enjoy making cheesy music videos with my students (see www.youtube.com/thedallasfamily), singing on my church worship team (www.rpbc.org), and discovering magical worlds through books and writing.

The Phantom Island series originally started as the self-published version, WIND, back in 2009. Since then, the series has been re-released through a faith-based traditional house, Tate Publishing. Windchaser (Book 1) and Windfall (Book 2) are the commercially-split versions of the original WIND, with a few updates and changes. Enjoy a fresh read of the adventures of Whitnee, Caleb, and Morgan as they discover a lost island that promises magic, romance, and plenty of secrets...and don't miss Watermark (Book 4) coming late 2013! www.KrissiDallas.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books on December 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
What I Liked: 1) The characters. The main characters of Whitnee, Morgan, and Caleb are all well-rounded and unique characters with fully explored histories. The first thing that strikes me about Miz Dallas's writing is how real her characters become. They don't just come into being when you open the first page, they are living, breathing people with histories, quirks, personalities, and lives. It doesn't take long to start to view them as your friends, rather than characters in a book. 2) Camp Fusion. The story begins at Camp Fusion, a camp for adolescents who are struggling to deal with life-changing events with the help of their mentors. Whitnee, Morgan and Caleb met at the camp years before as campers and have now returned as mentors. The big sister in me is just raw when I read about the struggles the campers are dealing with, but at the same time I recognize the necessity of it all. A reminder that life isn't always roses, it certainly adds a level of reality to the story. 3) Humor. It's clear that Miz Dallas's sense of humor and mine are similar, because I lolled throughout the book. It's really a great mixture of the serious and the humorous. 4) The introduction of new characters. Towards the middle of the book, once you've gotten used to the relationships of Whitnee, Caleb, Morgan, Amelia, and Kevin, we're thrown another character who seems to throw everyone off balance for a while. More than a while, actually, everyone seems to be wary of him for the rest of the book. He has a mysterious quality about him that makes him very appealing to me. And Whitnee. Heh. Plus, he's a hot island boy. Who doesn't like that? 5) The Island. Referred to as Phantom Island, or the White Island. Bear with me, because I am going to have a hard time explaining what it is I like about this setting so much.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T.J. Tolosa on December 21, 2011
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Wow! Even though I am in my early 30's, I read a lot of young adult fiction as I find it much more entertaining than the stuff written for adults. (Plus, there's the added benefit of not usually having to worry about the author having a potty mouth.) Anyway, I found the first book in the Phantom Island series to be engaging, entertaining, thoughtful, and well written. Mrs. Dallas brings together elements of fantasy, drama, humor, and a little bit of romance to keep the story moving along at a good pace and gives just enough information to flesh out the world she has created without getting lost in overly wordy descriptions of every little detail. She has brought together pieces from series like Avatar(the cartoon not the movie), Percy Jackson, and Harry Potter and managed to create something that feels fresh and new, not rehashed. The characters have depth, are fleshed out nicely, and the dialogue is completely believable. The romance elements are done tastefully and didn't leave me feeling like I was reading the diary of a teenage girl. Overall, I am very happy that I picked up this book and can't wait to learn more about the mystery of the island and how it ties in to all the main characters. I am eagerly awaiting the kindle release of the next installment in the series. Bring on Windfall!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allison Duke on December 20, 2011
Format: Perfect Paperback
I enjoyed Windchaser very much. It's a fun story with fun characters. Whitnee is a somewhat-troubled teenage girl who, along with her best friends Morgan and Caleb, is spending the summer as a mentor at Camp Fusion near San Antonio, TX. The camp is a place where preteens who have gone through traumatic experiences can find hope and healing and a path to a normal life. Whitnee met Morgan and Caleb during her summer as a camper, after her father's disappearance. Years later, the three return to the camp to revisit their experiences there and to give back by helping other campers work through their own difficult times. One night they set out to explore the forbidden property across the Frio River and are rather dramatically transported to the mysterious White Island, where Whitnee suddenly develops strange powers and everyone seems to have been expecting her arrival. Whitnee must find a way to deal with these unexpected events, keep her friendships strong, and try to get everyone home, hopefully before anyone realizes they are gone!

There are several things I liked about this book. The characters are very real, and clearly very young. You get treated to some pretty awesome teenage camp drama before the setting shifts to the White Island. Whitnee's emotions are very turbulent as she deals with the confusion of being attracted to more than one guy, tension between her campers, and the pain of wondering what really happened to her dad. It's really easy to get caught up in all of it. In addition, Dallas has a definite knack for worldbuilding. You can see it during the camp scenes, but once the story moves to the Island, it really shines. You can almost get the feeling that this place actually exists somewhere; it's that real.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashy on May 7, 2013
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Windchaser by Krissi Dallas

The story was one that was unusual but had a familiar feel of sci/fi fantasy with the alternate world aspect. I enjoyed the world building of the island that most of the story took place on. I think the author did a wonderful job of describing and making the island real. The magical powers that pertain to the Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water were fun to read about as well.

The writing style was fun but also kept well with the feel of the story. The book was very fast paced and I wasn't able to put it down. I was able to follow along with ease.

The main character was a great character. Strong, determined and loyal. She did upset me at times with the tug of war with her best friend's heart but not enough to drive me crazy with frustration.

The cover is really pretty, I love the colors and think it fits well with the story

Overall I really liked the book as a while, the story, the characters, and the world building. It was a great read.

I'd rate it a 4/5
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