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Ben the Dragonborn (The Six Worlds) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 24, 2013
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At one point in Dianne’s life she believed that people grew up and when they did they stopped reading Fantasy. She discovered that life without Fantasy was soon out of kilter. She never planned to be an author, but a chance week at a retreat centre dropped the idea for a story into her head. When not writing fiction, Dianne spends her time writing non-fiction. Dianne seeks to help people discover the treasure of their own true selves so they can embark on their own hero’s quest. Dianne lives with her husband Doug, his three cats and her beloved dog Thomas.
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Ben Taylor’s story begins at the beginning with book one of The Six Worlds series.
Fairhaven is a small, private school located on a private island off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. There, students learn more than the usual courses like math and science. This tuition-free school mandates passing scores in activities such as mountain climbing and swimming.
Ben and Denzel, best friends and roommates, know there’s something different about this school. Certain students at certain times are allowed into the “restricted section” of the school library. Fellow ninth grader, Allison, is allowed into the forbidden area, but refuses to speak of it to the boys.
As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. All too soon, Ben learns he has been Chosen. He has no idea what he’s been Chosen for. He has no idea what this means. He never realized his world isn’t the only one, or that it’s being watched over by the Guardian.
I am neither a boy nor a child and still enjoyed it immensely.
Mermaids, Dragons, monster birds controlled by people, 6 worlds. What else is there to come? Well, don’t like saying anymore for not spoiling the great read about Benjamin or better Zenjamin.
I would say, it’s not only for boys or children.
For full disclosure, the rating is from my 10 year-old daughter, and the review's from me with a few of her comments thrown in. My daughter wanted me to say that the story, while a bit 'boyish' was fun for girls too and she particularly enjoyed the character of Charla the mermaid-girl, who is strong and feisty and while she does wrong to start with, she makes up for it and turns out good in the end.
The writing is sound and strong throughout. I thought a weakness might be that there's a bit of a plot dump toward the end as we learn about Ben's heritage, and the family situation seemed to be resolved a little too easily - maybe I'm just being picky, but I might have saved some of this for another adventure. Nevertheless, for MG kids, this is an excellent, clean read with something to teach. Well recommended.