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In the Window Room (The Histories of Earth Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Steven J Carroll
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"There are secret passages all around you if you know where to look for them."

Delany was being punished, and deep in her heart, past the excuses she'd like to make for herself, she knew she'd almost deserved it. And even though that girl, Mattie, had said something dreadful about her father, she knew that she should not have fought with her. Though one can never rewind history, to change the past, and so this would be her punishment: To live alone in the old abandoned Greyford house on the outskirts of the Mayfield School for Girls - a place with its covered furniture, and rooms leading to other unexpected rooms, and she would be completely, and purposefully, alone... or so she thought. 

Yet there was more to his house than first met the eye: there were secret passages, and hidden treasures, lost and forgotten with the passing time, and a room... a fantastic and otherworldly sort of room, which she had decided to call "the Window Room". This is a story about the dangerous and mysterious adventures she found there.

Editorial Reviews


"Truly a delightful and interesting read." -Lindsay Mead, TheBookVlogger

"Enchanting is the only word that I can think of that applies to this story." - apoem, Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

The first book in The Histories of Earth series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4509 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Light Press (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting October 7, 2012
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I originally downloaded this for my daughter. I think the picture of the book didn't seem enticing enough for her to want to read it. So I read it and now I'm going to encourage her to read this story.

Enchanting is the only word that I can think of that applies to this story.

Two young girls get in trouble for fighting at a boarding school. One of them gets sent to live by herself in a different place. There she discovers an undiscovered room, secret passageways and a machine that can take her to other places. She also meets a strange animal that talks and knows how to work this machine. Del shares this information with the girl she was fighting with and as they begin an adventure.

And while it all seems so silly reading the synopsis the book is absolutely enchanting and lovely.

I would have liked the ending to be just a touch longer, just a touch more in wrapping up the story. But overall this book is lovely. I'm going to be looking for more from this author.

Well worth the money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read June 9, 2012
I was fortunate enough to be a first-reader winner and had a chance to read this delightful book. I believe it is slated for pre-teens to teenagers but I believe adults would enjoy it as well. It is a fairly short book, so the plot moves pretty quick. I was just a little worried about parts of the end that could be upsetting to younger readers. I don't want to give anything away but it involves events that happen after the trial. But overall it was a nice read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cutesy to the extreme July 21, 2013
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This has a delightful story line. It had many twists and turns.

I have two thoughts for the author. First in the beginning you mentioned you wouldn't do much explaining of things. But the extensive use of parenthesis seems to me to over explain things. Second, you need some people to read your material before hand to help with transitions. Several times there was a jump that was difficult to follow.

As with all fantasy reality was suspended on a large scale. That is one of the best qualities of the book.

The subtitle of the book (Histories of Earth) seem to suggest sequels but the end of the book didn't seem to suggest that.

If the author would like an objective beta tester, I would love to do this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Start to a New Series January 5, 2015
By Kay
Format:Kindle Edition
I was fortunate to win this book from Goodreads.

This is a story of Delany Calbefur, who lost her father in the war, her mother to paralyzing grief (thus becoming no mother at all), and Delany then found herself shipped to the Mayfield School for Girls upon advice from her aunt.

At school she was banished to an old house, Greyford House, when she fought with Mattie Hardy about the war and both father's beliefs in said war.

Greyford House was very old, said to be haunted, and not at all an appropriate setting for a young lonely girl, but she discovered the Window Room and Meris, and her adventures began. With Meris' help, she and her new friend Mattie were able to travel to another world, and rescue a prince.

This is a fairly good book and a quick read since it is written for middle school readers. I'm not sure that the current crop of middle schoolers will find the adventures riveting enough to finish the book but I enjoyed it. Since it appears to be set in the mid 1900's I'm not sure it's a story that children will relate to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars kept me reading July 21, 2013
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When I first read the title I thought it would be more for the young people, but once you get into the story you cant put it down,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for middle school children February 20, 2015
Wow. The writing of this book is exquisite and I immediately fell in love. Even though it is written for middle school kids, and adult will taken by the vocabulary and writing style of this author. Oh, that more books had such quality writing. Some reviews didn't like the author 'interrupting' his own story, but I thought it made the book a little more whimsical - reminiscent of The Princess Bride-ish.

Then, beyond the writing style, one is set into a dark and mysterious story. A boarding school with a an unsympathetic governor, a misunderstood girl, a talking gopher and a creepy old house with a old globe that can transport one to another world.

But then the story becomes vague. A life is surrendered for an unknown prince. Why did Delany decide to do this and what happens to them after. So many questions about these adventures that are never fleshed out and then the story ends? It was like having dinner in an elaborate atmosphere. The appetizers are divine, the company, lively and the main course - just one delectable bite. Ugh.

This book is quite brief. The series continues with more volumes and I am hopeful there is more girth to the adventure in the following books. For as complex a writing style the author uses, the story line after Delany travels to Gleomu is too simplistic and unexplored. Prior to traveling to Gleomu, I thoroughly was immersed and captivated by story.

I sincerely thank the author for sending me the first three books in series and look forward to reading the next 2 books. In sincerity, I would rate the book a 3.5 stars because I really was hoping for more in the world of Gleomu.

Disclosure: I read a free copy of the book in return for my candid review. Be assured, my opinion is honest, and I do not owe or know the author/publisher.
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More About the Author

Hi, I'm Steven J. Carroll, a writer of fiction for young adults and pre-teens. I've also been an indie songwriter for many years, which was what honed my interests for writing.

My fantasy, sci-fi series, THE HISTORIES OF EARTH, is a fast-paced, interstellar adventure. It's about a group of "Light Travelers", who must use their secret abilities to save far-off, distant worlds. These are books about knights and kingdoms, and monsters and epic battles, and mysterious inventions and long ago forgotten histories.

And if you happen to be a fan of Southern Americana fiction, you might like to read my book, THE ROAD TO JERICHO. This is a story about a lovable troublemaker, Ronny Gentry, and his dog, Lionel, and about their travels to Jericho, AR, a hubbub of wanton and reckless living, in the summer of 1949. It's a book about charity, and gratitude, and greed, and the choices that lead us there.

One more thing before I go, I need to give a shout out to my fellow SoCal author, Toby Hoff, who encouraged me to begin writing.

I currently live in Southern California with my wife.

Listen to my discography on iTunes:
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