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Fairalon Hardcover – November 27, 2015
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Eleven-year-old Iris already has strikes against her: she's the new kid in town, and her quirky behaviors involve repetitive rituals and actions that have, in the past, been labeled an illness. Now she knows they're something more: they are instinctive reactions to her strange and evolving abilities, and they hold the power to alert her of future disasters. That's why she was able to save a young girl from a peculiar car accident, and why she sees things others don't. The first thing to note about this captivating fantasy is that it's liberally peppered with full-color (and well-done) illustrations that enhance its story line. From autos in the woods to strange mischievous beings, Fairalon is packed with visual interludes that enhance the story without taking it over completely. Middle-grade readers will thus appreciate the enhancements which create visual interest in Iris's adventures. The second notable feature of Fairalon is an attention to supplementing a fantasy adventure feel with the realistic saga of a young girl's evolving perceptions of her powers, her world, and whom she can trust. Fueled by strong psychological insights and solid character development, it's a story young readers will empathize with as they read about Iris's unusual challenges. Fairalon excels in a steady plot that offers several twists and turns and much insight on not just the origins of inherited traits, but choices in how power is wielded. Middle school fantasy fans will be enthralled as Iris' world expands in unanticipated directions. It should be mentioned that its conclusion paves the way for more books, yet completes her story in a manner that is satisfying and exact, making for a fine introduction to what might become a series. An exciting blend of adventure, psychological insight, and beautiful illustrations make Fairalon a prime pick in its genre. Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer Midwest Book Review
About the Author
T.J. Roberts is a husband and father of three daughters, founder of two companies, web site developer, programmer, vocational specialist, child & family therapist, crisis intervention specialist, and 3d illustrator / animation student. T.J. holds a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
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Download this wonderful story that has all the classic elements of an epic fantasy the keeps the reader moving forward with many mystical twists and turns. The illustrations are colorful and are well-detailed works that add nicely to the story. Any fan of fantasy should download and read.. both young and older reader alike!
Fairalon by T.J. Roberts is a wonderful children's fantasy novel and I highly recommend this.
This is a wonderful story filled with suspense, action and fantasy - enhanced by intriguing and beautiful illustrations. As the journey unfolds, both Iris and the reader grow and learn together to understand that things aren’t what they always seem to be.
I highly recommend this book.
Excellent book - I would love to read more. Who said these books should only be read by kids/teens? Everyone who has an inner child should read this book and enjoy!
I have to start by mentioning the illustrations in this book are quite unique! They appear animated and are super colorful. I only read a digital copy of this book, so they are probably even more stunning on the printed page! The story caught my attention right away. I read almost 100 pages in the first sitting! I enjoyed seeing Iris change from a depressed girl with very low self-esteem to a confident hero! T.J. Roberts did an excellent job building her character and painting a descriptive scene of Fairalon, which is sure to make every reader wish they could visit this magical place!
Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age: 11