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The Serpent in the Glass: A Middle Grade Fantasy for Children and Adults Alike (The Tale of Thomas Farrell Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 9 - 12|
|Grade Level: 3 - 6|
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All in all, well worth the read and an excellent way to begin a writing career. More please! :-)
Many of the middle grade adventure and fantasy books I've read recently just try too hard, and the result, over 400 or 500 pages, can be leaden or just plain daunting. I understand that the authors have great imaginations and just want to be entertaining, but there can be so much cleverness and so much descriptive prose and so many eccentric characters and cute creatures and evil villains that a book can turn into a chore, which I don't think is what anyone wants.
Here, Mr. Andrews has a generous but light touch. Thomas is nicely sketched in, with a few hints that become clear later on. His yearning to learn more about his absent parents is palpable. Thomas's adoptive parents are set out briefly, efficiently and effectively, but without their miserliness or indifference being beaten to death. Jessica, the heroine sidekick, is loyal, charming and perceptive from the outset and just keeps growing on you as a character. Individual scenes are brief and to the point, but in each one there are a few grace notes or observations that speak volumes about the action.
The result of such narrative efficiency is that this story starts quickly, speeds along and resolves in a satisfying way, but without the reader ever feeling lost or lacking information or confused about how the story is developing.Read more ›
We find out, with Thomas, about the school he attends, the place it 'joins' in another world and his father's place there. We meet other races from this world too, which to me, harked back a little to Alan Garner's wonderful creations. There are echoes of Celtic mythology too - very nicely done. There is some lovely writing here, especially when Thomas first discovers Darkledun Grange. The pace of the story is just right and there were exciting episodes in there that kept me reading much longer than I should have been! I enjoyed this very much and I was pleased to see from the ending, that the way is left open for more from these believable characters.
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I teach 6th grade, so I frequently read juvenile fiction, but in would recommend this one to everyone! Fun and interesting, with relatable characters!Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I really hope there will be a sequel and a series to follow! It started out a little disappointingly familiar but then took its own course and was very interesting and fun!!Published 3 months ago by William Batie
I loved that it grasped my attention as was full of fun mysterious and frictions details. I recommend this to people who like to read a long book with good details and that they... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ruth Daniel
This book was a bit dry, and I had to skip ahead on some parts, but when you get to something interesting, it's totally worth it. If there's a second book, I'll get it!Published 4 months ago by Shelly
This is a middle grade story with magic and mythic elements.
It begins like this: “A badly painted garden gnome with a look of surprise upon its face sat atop a bright... Read more
This was a very nice read. Other worlds, other peoples, other life problems and many new and exciting ideas taken into a Potter like world. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gary R. Casebeer Ma. Ed. Ma. Comm.
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