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Jorie and the Gold Key Paperback – November 26, 2015
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About the Author
A.H. RICHARDSON IS A TREASURED STORYTELLER, whose unlimited imagination conjures up challenging and unforgettable characters, both good and evil, daring children everywhere to delve into their own imaginations and learn to rely on courage and bravery to win the day. Born in England (yes, there are dragons there too), the author has always loved tales of flying and mythical magical creatures. She once tried to pin wings on her pony, quite sure that he could then fly! She is the daughter of the famous composer, Clive Richardson, who always encouraged her to write, even as a small child. She paints and sculpts, plays guitar, trained dressage competitors, is a linguist, and acted on stage, film and television. She is the proud mother of three grown sons and grandmother to three grandchildren. Her adopted home is in Tennessee near the picturesque Smoky Mountains, where she keeps a horse named Amaretto and writes happily about the indomitable Jorie and her adventures. Her earlier books include the first Jorie adventure: "Jorie and the Magic Stones", and the mystery: "Murder in Little Shendon".
Top customer reviews
Jorie and Rufus are off to Cabrynthius again, and this time, they have a stuck-up Nigel in tow. In attempt to save the fantastical world, the threesome land in one adventure after another. . .and Nigel soon finds himself in a whole lot more trouble than he ever bargained for.
This is a wonderful adventure, which stretches the imagination and then some. The chapters are easy to read and flow seamlessly as Jorie and her friends head from one tense situation into the next. But this isn't only about dangerous scenes; there's a lovely amount of humor dabbled in, which makes this simply a joy to read.
Friendship is key in this book, especially when one of the three isn't exactly wanted at first. The message of getting along and learning to trust others shines through, as Nigel learns to work alongside Jorie and Rufus. Friendships can form even when no one believes they ever could.
The characters in this book are simply fun. Each has their very own personality, and each has a bit of bite which rounds off great with their hearts of gold. It's fun to root for them as they enter the colorful world, one where kids' imaginations can really take flight.
Summed up, this is a fun adventure with magic, fantasy and kids which are easy to relate to and a ton of fun.
I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it. So I wanted to leave my thoughts.
The stones have been stolen from Grootmanya, the great wizard, and are now in the hands of the evil Lord Fodomalk who plans to destroy the wizard and take over Cabrynthius. Jorie must now return to Cabrynthius and thwart Fodomalk’s attempt to take over the land.
In this second book Jorie is back with Rufus out smarting and out playing the evil Lord Fodomalk. They are accompanied by Nigel who has come to stay with Rufus for the holidays. Nigel is uppity and condescending but the pair take him along anyway. He soon learns of a whole new world with Beowigs, Arbotigs, Dragons and immense danger at every turn.
The three children show great bravery in the face of danger. They feel fear but push it aside and draw on their remarkable courage and intelligence to out play their enemy. There is problem solving, decision making, danger and suspense a plenty.
The bond of friendship between the children runs through the story and the theme of remorse and forgiveness is strong with the wrong doers.
Written for children aged 6 – 12 years but will have wide appeal to both children and adults alike.
There is a small hint at the end that suggests Jorie and friends may yet again be returning to Cabrynthius, which has me eagerly waiting on book 3.
With thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.
Jorie and the Gold Key was such an enjoyable book to read! Once again, Ms. Richardson has written an adorable story filled with magical creatures and an action-filled plot that kept me captivated throughout. With her ability to provide the reader with vibrant imagery and a story line that flowed with ease, truly demonstrates what an incredible story teller Ms. Richardson is. I found myself deeply engaged in this story, not wanting to put it down even for a second! I hope that the author continues this series, as I enjoy the adventures and want to read more.
I would highly recommend this book (and series) to young readers who delight in tales of fantasy and know that they will truly enjoy this unique and entertaining story.
As a mom of many, I sometimes find it hard to pay much attention to what I’m reading due to the sheer amount of activity in my home, but I had no trouble at all reading this. Both of the books in this series are fast-paced and the author has written the characters in such a way that you actually care about them.
As a homeschooling mom who prioritizes our read-aloud time above any of our other educational activities, I am thrilled to have found yet another story to share with my children that we will remember for a long time to come.
(Disclaimer- I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Most recent customer reviews
Adventures with Jorie and Rufus are always fun! I loved this adventure as much as the first.Read more