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

Steven J Carroll
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting October 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars kept me reading July 21, 2013
By pokagon
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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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1 of 1 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightfully Imaginative Fantasy! October 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Book One "In the Window Room" of the Histories of Earth series which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a magical escapade that begins when Delany (Del) Calbefur is punished when she gets into a fight with a schoolmate in class and is sent to the mysterious Victorian house called Greyford on the outskirts of Mayfield School for Girls. Alone for the next quarter she roams the house haunted by creaking pipes and strange happenings, finding an attic room with high ceilings, uncovered furniture and a painting like an atlas with star charts. What she doesn't expect is to meet a fuzzy gopher-like creature with greying whiskers who talks. In an adventure that takes Del across space and time to the territory of Gleomu and the city of Ismere she discovers a prince accused of killing his brother and makes new friends; one she once considered an enemy.

Like "Alice Through The looking Glass" Steven J. Carroll takes children on a thrilling journey that's out of this world, as Del travels across the universe to a planet where a cold-hearted, merciless king holds Cowan, a prince of realm unjustly imprisoned. This delightful fantasy is filled with secret passages, magic and lively exploits that keeps you riveted from the first page to the last. I loved the cover with its unique and imaginative illustration, highly reflective of the story inside.

Woven into to this imaginary tale filled with wit and humour and even a dash of science is the story of a friendship between two young girls who once considered themselves enemies- Del and Mattie Hardy. With the prince needing to be rescued and her friend Meris held hostage in the maze, Del finds an ally in the most unlikeliest of places.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, clean, adventurous, and fun! November 17, 2014
Loved the first book and can't wait to start ready the other three books. Great job and best of luck with any other books you publish!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!! February 23, 2012
By Jsmith
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for a new one! Steve Carrol, you did a wonderful job with this book!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read February 2, 2012
By Shawn
I really enjoyed reading this imaginative book !!! You will feel like you are really in the adventure with the characters !! I feel it is a great read for almost any age !
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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. We have no pets.

Listen to my discography on iTunes:
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For more information, go to:

Instagram: StevenJCarroll Twitter: @StevenJ_Carroll

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