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Oldenglen (The Oldenglen Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 1, 2015
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"Readers who cherish the outdoors should be drawn into the story's blend of magic, irreverent humor, and message about wildlife conservation." Publishers Weekly
5 stars! Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
"Robin Mason and Michael Mason's young adult and preteen fantasy, Oldenglen, Volume One, is a spellbinding and enthralling read set in the virgin forestland of Southwestern Oregon. This fantasy is original, and the plot is filled with discoveries, interactions between mankind and wild creatures, and harbingers of a dreadful plot to destroy the Glen. The Masons' writing is smooth, assured and perfectly matched to the mood and mystery of the story. Oldenglen, Volume One is highly recommended for anyone who loves fantasy."
About the Author
Michael Mason, a retired English professor, and Robin Mason are a father-son writing duo. Their first book, Oldenglen, is the start of a middle grade fantasy series inspired by Robin's childhood memory of a lost forested world. Visit the website oldenglen.com.
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Author: Robin Mason
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 20
Writing Style 9/10
Of the 20 readers:
17 would read another book by this author.
15 thought the covers were exciting
15 felt the writing style was excellent: easy to follow and descriptive.
13 felt the exciting plot was the best part.
17 felt the ending was exciting.
20 felt the underlying message was good for children.
‘Jax and Sarah go on a fun adventure in this story of animals and woodlands. It was a bit too slow for me but I enjoyed it anyway and the ending was brill’. The cover’s really good too.’ Boy, aged 12
‘I liked that the chapters were not too long and the style of writing was easy to follow. The plot was fun too with lots happening. It was a bit slow to get going but then it got very exciting.’ Girl, aged 12
‘I will read the next book in the set too.’ Girl, aged 12
‘The children, for the most part, enjoyed this adventure/fantasy novel. I think the girls enjoyed it the most and awarded it the top marks. The boys, I felt, thought it was a bit too warm and fuzzy. I would be very happy to read this book to my children. I particularly the central message of how humans are encroaching on wildlife. It’s important for children to understand this.’ Primary school teacher, aged 34
‘I love being outside and I love fantasy so this was perfect for me. My sister liked it too. The plot’s got tons of twists in it. But the best was that it’s very funny,’ Boy, aged 11
‘A fun-filled, fantasy adventure. A FINALIST and highly recommended for 9 to 12 year olds.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
“Oldenglen” by Robin Mason and Michael Mason is the initial story in the ‘Oldenglen Chronicles’ series. It introduces a twelve-year-old boy named Jackson (Jax) who has been relocated to Oregon from England, to his dismay. There are no peers around to play with, so Jax begins to explore the woods around his new home, and finds there is a wealth of new experiences available. His growing connection to his new home becomes threatened, and he will have to muster his newfound allies, including a girl named Sarah, to defend the special glen that is home to so many creatures, great and small, and that still may not be enough.
This charming children’s story blends many of the commonplace issues that can challenge a youngster--such as a new home (albeit with the added complication of being in an entirely different country), lack of friends, and an uncertain future with a slowly expanding appreciation of nature and a mystical connection. I love that the animals gradually reveal their hierarchy and true natures, the names they share with Jax are wonderfully appropriate, and the inclusion of the unique names for the group of a particular animal species provides a great resource for discussing new vocabulary words, as does the slang that peppers Jax's language. The climax was a little awkward for me, as the reason behind the major conflict and the resolution didn’t quite gel for me, but that did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.
There is a wealth of information about nature presented in a very readable and entertaining manner and this book is sure to become a favorite to those who enjoy animal stories such as the ‘Redwall’ series. I think this is a great start to the series and that the tale will appeal to adults and children alike. It is my hope that this will be a long-running series and I will enjoy sharing it with young readers.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review
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