Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals Paperback – Illustrated, June 23, 2020
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-Vickie A Newman
I found myself cheering for bad guys as they became better people.
The book is also interwoven with lessons all children should learn.
From the Author
- Publisher : Wheatmark, Inc.; Illustrated edition (June 23, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 274 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1627870563
- ISBN-13 : 978-1627870566
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.69 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,005,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This beautifully spun story about a young girl, who encounters winged creatures from the dimension of Fiori, brings to life the struggles children everywhere encounter in this world. From standing up to the class bully to taking a stand for a young girl who has been beaten by her father, Elle Burton becomes today’s role model for children everywhere. I’ve seen others refer to the creatures as fairies, but they reminded me more of guardian angels. The author lets you make your own choice.
Parents are sometimes reluctant to have conversations with their children about the tougher social injustices they may encounter in their home and school life. Author Peggy McAloon survived abuse and bullying as a child and her experiences not only inspired her to write this book to empower children to stand up to social injustices, but convinced her to provide a discussion sheet for parents.
Parents are now able to download the discussion sheet from her website (under the books tab) and use the characters in the book to bring up the discussions we tend to avoid as parents. Prepared by a child counselor, the discussion sheet carries the learning experience far beyond the book itself.
Children will laugh and cry as they explore Elle’s experiences from tremendous loss to lessons in empowerment. LC Kane did an outstanding job of making all the characters come to life. My favorite character next to Elle Burton herself was little Miss Irma, who shows the true grit of a modern southern belle.
And for me, as an adult, the child in me was brought back to to my heroines, of over 65 years ago, Pollyanna, who always had things work out, and Nancy Drew, the detective, my favorites.
Again, I loved Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals... reading both the print book and then listening to the audio book several months later. In neither case could I put it down. Once I started the Audible book, I immediately scheduled mindless work, so I could keep listening to the story. Now I anxiously await the sequel.
Needless to say, I liked the book. Bet you will, too, if you give it a chance. After all, don't we all have a little "kid" left in us. How sad if we didn't!
Top reviews from other countries
I'm looking forward to the next book and Elles new adventures.
We meet spirits with butterfly wings who watch over small children—but that won’t hesitate to hack into a computer when the need arises. In this world Elle becomes a guide called to protect the children she encounters. It’s a page-turning story with monsters and magical creatures, but doesn't shy away from the harder truths children learn about today: all the things Enid Blyton wasn't expected to deal with.
The characters are likable (and I especially love Irma), but the evil villains are true villains.
I look forward to reading this book with my ten year old and will be waiting for the sequel: I want to know happens next!
Five Stars and Mommy Approved. ( :