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The writing was captivating and really draws you in. I think readers of any age would enjoy this story. I loved the way the story ends, but was a little sad it ended, I loved it so much I just wanted to keep on reading.
I fell in love with this new world in a matter of pages and I fell in love with the characters as well. As the reader, you get transported from our world into a whole new world. I enjoyed this world that Theo created and could just get lost there for hours. This is a story that I could read over and over again and still enjoy. Everyone should pick this up for a quick fantasy story.
Reviewed by Lauren Currie for The Bookish Blog
Sebastian and Sara are best friends. As they visit the remains of a favorite tree that had been struck by lighting, they are magically transported to an underground world where elves, mermaids, gnomes and other mystical creatures battle with forces of evil called the Kylo. While the world that Sebastian and Sara visit is very different from the one they knew above ground, it is described beautifully and clearly in Mr. Theo's very elegant style of writing.
There are many moral lessons contained within this allegory - without it feeling preachy or didactic. During a climactic battle, the children learn deep lessons of sacrifice, the meaning of true love and the need for forgiveness. The Elf Lord Capri is a spirit guide through this magical world that leads Sebastian and Sara all the way to the Arctic Circle.
I loved this little gem of a book.
Sara and Sebastian are both in 5th grade and are best friends. While in school, the learn the legend of the big, old oak tree that sits outside their classroom window. During a storm, the oak is damaged. When Sara and Sebastian are walking by the now damaged oak tree, the notice a hole that leads them into a grotto filled with beautiful and magical beings. However, there are also dangerous beings in this grotto. Little do Sara and Sebastian know that they've just got themselves into a dangerous war between these creatures underground. Will Sara and Sebastian make it back home in one piece?
I think the cover is absolutely gorgeous! I love the magical feel of this picture! The grotto under the tree on the cover is breathtaking! The cover definitely suits the book.
The title is very straight forward. The whole setting is the grotto under the tree, so I think this is a fantastic title for this book.
I thought the world building, for a middle grade novel, was done fantastically! It's so easy to get lost in this magical world thanks to the author's great descriptions! In fact, I wanted to visit this grotto under the oak tree!
The pacing was a bit slow to begin with, and I was thinking that I had made a mistake in agreeing to review this book. Luckily, without even realizing it, the pacing picked up, and I was enthralled with this story.
The book definitely has an interesting plot. I love, love, love the idea of a grotto under a tree. There's not many subplots, but I think this is because it's a middle grade novel. I was quite happy there wasn't many subplots though. The use of mystical creatures as well as a traditional figure was interesting. I even like the way the author made up his own type of mythical creatures. The best thing about the plot was the life lessons found throughout the novel.
I liked the characters. I thought they sounded like they were really sweet. I would've liked to know more about them such as what they were like when they were in their normal existence. I did like the way they looked out for each other no matter what happened. It was touching to see how they were willing to sacrifice their own life for the other's many times. It was obvious how close these two were.
The dialogue was mostly written well for a middle grade novel. However, there were some words in there that I think tweens and younger teens might struggle with. Also, there were times when the children spoke that made them seem more like high school kids rather than elementary kids. Oh, and I found it annoying how the book had to mention every time they held hands or rested their head on each other. It got a bit repetitive. Other than that, the dialogue flows really well and suits a middle grade novel! There's no swearing although there is mild violence.
Overall, The Grotto Under the Tree is a very amusing read which will transport you into a magical realm. With only a few minor issues, this is a novel that children will thoroughly enjoy.
I'd recommend this to children aged 10 - 13 who would love to be transported into a magical and mystical universe!
(I received a free ebook of this title from the tour host in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review can also be found on my blog).
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