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Jorie and the Magic Stones Paperback – December 26, 2014
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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, that dare 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, is a linguist, acted in films and on stage, and has trained dressage competitors. She is the proud mother of three grown sons and grandmother to three active, loving grandchildren. At present, she keeps a horse named Amaretto and writes her fabulous fantasies from her adopted home in Tennessee near the picturesque Smoky Mountains. It is there that she writes happily about the indomitable Jorie and her adventures.
Top customer reviews
Majorie Beatrice Weaver (Jorie) is the heroine in this book and readers will adore her. She is an adventurous and imaginative 9 year old with ‘hair of fire’. When she comes to stay with her aunt the adventure begins. She meets Rufus who lives nearby with his grandfather. Together they set off on an quest to bring the three magic stones together in a battle of good versus evil. Throughout the journey they meet some characters who each help in their own little way. Rufus bonds with the baby dragon who is like a puppy. He was adorable.
I was pleased with how Jorie and Rufus develop throughout the book. There are several characters in the book and I found them easy to keep up with. Jorie is an endearing character and role model for girls. She tried very hard to be obedient. The only issue I saw was her lying to her aunt and others which may disappoint some parents.
I could not but continue reading the development and unfolding of this creative and magical story with its strong and unusual characters and its very descriptive writing.
This beautifully written book of adventure and mysterious powers, with its mostly delightful inhabitants and where good eventually triumphs over evil, will enchant the reader as it did me.
What I liked about Jorie and the Magic Stones is that it reminded me a little bit of The Chronicles of Narnia. Jorie is sent to live with an aunt and while there discovers a pathway to magic and adventure, much like the Pevensies when they stumbled through the back of a wardrobe.
Jorie and Rufus, her new friend that lives next door to her aunt, must find the bravery within themselves to complete their mission. When they become a part of the world beneath the Tarn, a fantastical place with dragons of goodness and wickedness, they discover that Jorie must find three powerful stones in order to save the good guys (*cough*DRAGONS!*cough*).
Dragons are fun to read about, no doubt from this corner, and I appreciated how they weren't all the bad guys in this story. When they're all being slain, I get sad because dragons are amazing creatures and I for one would like more stories about them. A.H. Richardson wrote their story, combined with that of a little girl from another world, in an entertaining manner that made the book a good one for bedtime stories. A chapter or two a night and both my son and I were wanting to know what would happen to Jorie, to Rufus, and to the Three Stones.
Jorie and Rufus learn quite a bit in their journey, both what the world is capable of holding and what they themselves are capable of. Nine-year-olds being asked to save dragons sounds insane, but they follow their adventure with more intensity than I'd imagine possible for someone that's only a few years older than my son.
This book was, as I said, a good one for bedtime stories in my house, but I think that middle grade kids could read this on their own as well as anyone that enjoys middle grade stories. There's a touch of innocence and fantasy that appeals to the child in everyone, whether or not they're in Jorie's age group or not.
I received a copy of this book from the publicity agent in exchange for an honest review.
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