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I eagerly anticipate this author's next publication.
The two main characters, Sebastian and Sarah, are fifth grade students that decide to explore the fallen oak tree that has stood in front of their school for centuries. During their exploration they become trapped in a cave and discover a hidden world of magic, adventure, and problems.
This is one of those books that I have to share at least one of my favorite passages from. I hope it will convince you to enjoy this wonderful story and to share it with the kids in your life.
A girl with fair skin and curly auburn hair raised her hand from the back row. "Miss Storm, how do we know our tree is special if we don't see anything strange ever happen?"
Miss Storm smiled. "Sara, in fairy tales as in life, there are times when you are asked to believe in things you may not be able to see."
Originally posted on Gin's Book Notes .com
*I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review.*
Much like Star Dust I found myself totally involved in the story, while the children were soaring through water or the air I was soaring with them. It was such a fast and really fun read but it is definitely not only for children, this is a book that I think everyone will love.
I loved both of the children, Sebastian with his curiosity really reminded me that curiosity can kill the cat but it can also lead to fabulous things! And although Sara was a lot more cautious, she was just as much fun to read about as Sebastian was. And not only are the characters fabulous but the imagination of John A. Theo really pulled me in! I could see what I was reading as if I were watching a movie.
The only slight issue I had was with some of the dialogue. It seemed a bit forced but honestly it wasn't enough to stray me from wanting to read more. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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.
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