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On the second day, Elden pointed out a large group of jellyfish. Like gossamer, pulsating moons, they moved through the water by closing and opening their bowl-shaped bodies. Sunlight poured beneath the waves and lit the jellies from behind, painting them purple, blue and green. That same day, Wiley saw crabs, lobsters and blood red starfish crawling across the ocean floor.
During the second week, Wiley saw a shark surrounded on every side by a wall of small, glittering, silver fish. Wiley looked at Elden, as his heart pounded in his chest. Elden responded, "Don't worry. He's not interested in us."
That same day, a white whale with a large smile approached Elden. They appeared to engage in wordless conversation, although Wiley couldn't understand what they were saying.
Along the sandy bottom, Wiley found creatures that looked like brilliant, perfectly formed flowers in red and pink and yellow.
On the fifteenth day of peaceful swimming and diving, Elden informed Wiley that he would like to take him deeper. "I have something to show you. I think you're ready."
They swam through the water, going farther and farther out to sea. Then Elden said to Wiley, "Hold tightly onto my back. We're going deeper." As they descended, the light became less visible, although it never completely disappeared.
When they reached the bottom, Wiley noticed shadows spilled across the ocean floor. Creatures with claws and tentacles stirred throughout the sandy shadows.
Then, off at a distance, Wiley saw a large, dark rectangular object. Before Wiley could formulate a question, Elden said, "We're going over there. Come on."
Wiley held tighter to Elden's back fin, as Elden swam swiftly through the ocean. When they reached the object, Wiley saw that it was a huge, rectangular box made out of light brown rock. The lid was made out of the same type of rock. On every surface, pictures had been carved of the sun, the moon and stars. From the lid, hung a closed, heavy lock made out of some type of polished black rock.
Wiley climbed off Elden's back to inspect the chest. He jiggled and pulled at the lock, but it wouldn't open.
Elden said simply, "You need the key." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : March 21, 2011
- File size : 267 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 167 pages
- ASIN : B004TAW24Y
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,483,595 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Written in two parts, part two introduces the reader to the reality of life with an alcoholic father and no mother. (This may not be suitable for every child.) With summer finally here, Wiley knows he has to venture back into the forest to retrieve the golden cup he was given. Can he get it without being injured?
Meet Elden the dolphin. What does Elden show Wiley? What does he need? What is the mission? What happened many, many centuries ago? Get to meet many creatures of the sea etc. that know how to communicate with Wiley and vice versa.
Written with children in mind, many adults will find this story a little "beneath" them. For kids though, I think they will be enthralled. It is a lovely story albeit sometimes sad. It is full of adventure with a great ending. Although this book is the first in a series of three, the reader is not left hanging. There is no bad language or morals except for Wiley having an alcoholic father. For the most part it is well written and edited however I do get irked when I read "reigns" for a horse rather than "reins"! Please note that I purchased this product at the prevailing FULL PRICE. I was not requested to do a review but chose to do so. I have already started the second book in the series. Thanks, Liz
As a writer, I found there were several issues with continuity and consistency, for example as Chapter 8 ends the priest says 'We've got a few hours walking ahead of us. We'll eat when we're halfway there.' Yet Chapter 9 starts by saying that they arrived two hours later and no mention of when they ate. I also didn't find consistency with the POV. Both these issues would have been picked up by a good editor.
For overall enjoyability I think many kids would love this book and would be quickly engrossed in it. There's good characterisation of the animals and people and a fun story.
I found the author's tin ear for language and dialog to be rather irritating. The names of the human characters are Irish. The setting is a poor village so remote that it can't even be accessed by cart; visitors have to come by foot or by boat. Yet the dialog is idiomatic American English. (The boy keeps saying OK, for example.) The writing comes nowhere near being geared for multiple age levels, the way the Harry Potter, Narnia, or Crestomanci stories are. However, while the author wields her pen like a club instead of tapestry needle, the plot itself is interesting. I'm sure most eight year olds won't notice the writing style and will find the story perfectly satisfactory.
The story is just the beginning of Wiley's adventures as right now there are two more books available in the series. The ending was very well done as this book was wrapped up nicely, but there is still plenty of room for the sequels. I look forward to reading more work by Marilyn Peake.
Top reviews from other countries
Another reason I've given this 5 stars is because it's the very first free book I've downloaded where I haven't spotted a single spelling or grammatical error. Not one. That is such a huge huge plus when you're buying for children. The effort the author has put into the quality of writing leaps off every page. Looking at the publishing history, I've learned that it has been published as a paperback and ebook in the US for some time so maybe that's why it seems so professional.
If I had children, I would be quite prepared to buy other books by Marilyn Peake on the basis of this book, and I would give this a very strong recommendation to anyone buying for children that like fantasy type books.