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When not meandering through the fictional forests of Wynnewood, Chautona can be found in her little California desert bungalow with her family and planning her next foray into medieval fantasy. The mother of nine, grandmother of three, and wife of the world's greatest husband, Chautona considers herself blessed beyond measure. Chautona's primary genre is contemporary Christian women's fiction, but enjoyed this flight into children's fantasy and is eager to continue the story of Dove and Philip in the Annals of Wynnewood.
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Product Details

  • Series: Annals of Wynnewood (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449551270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449551278
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,218,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shadows and Secrets is a great book full of adventures, mystery, and even a dragon! A boy, who is struggling to learn anything from his master, and a 'creature' form an unlikely friendship. Together they foil a kidnapping, go on a treasure hunt, and explore dragon caves. A fun and interesting story that I would recommend to readers 9 years old and up. Thomas, 14.

From the Mom: I appreciate this book because it is fantasy book, which my children like, but it has no sorcery or magic in it. There are Christian themes throughout the book that only add to the story and are not a distraction. I would recommend it to others and we have bought the series to give as gifts. Susan - Mom
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Creatures and dragons and unicorns, oh my! All those things and more are what you'll find when you enter the world of Wynnewood, a medieval village in northern England. You'll meet Philip, the young apprentice to the town's fletcher, and the Ge-sceaft, a frightening creature shrouded in mystery and superstition. Along with Philip, you'll discover the secrets of the Ge-sceaft and the meaning of friendship.

The Annals of Wynnewood include Shadows and Secrets, Annals of Wynnewood: Cloaked in Secrets, and Annals of Wynnewood: Beneath the Cloak, which make up the adventure-packed trilogy written by Christian author, Chautona Havig, for kids ages 9-12.

The first book in the series, Shadows and Secrets, introduces you to Philip, a boy of extraordinary character and integrity. Unwilling to accept the town's superstitious tales about the Ge-sceaft, he sets about to befriend the creature. Soon, Philip and "Dove" are fast friends who set out on a series of adventures together. Interwoven into their adventures are Philip's recounting of the stories and characteristics of his God, who is not fully accepted in an area filled with polytheistic beliefs. From answering the question about whether or not dragons exist, to embarking on an adventure to save the village lord's daughter, Philip and Dove find one adventure after another.

The characters in this Christian adventure series are engaging and believable. Parents will appreciate Philip's loyalty, work ethic, unfailing integrity, and faith in his God.
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Shadows and Secrets is wonderful read. It is a book about friendship, adventure, and mystery. And the great "I AM" is woven throughout the story. You will instantly be drawn into the lives of Philip and the creature. Chautona Havig does an amazing job of drawing you into the village of Wynnewood. We had great family discussion over Philip and the Creature. While this book does contain fantasy, it does not contain elements such as magic or sorcery. It does have dragons and such but is not offensive in any way. Shadows and Secrets is a beautiful story of Christian love and friendship.

We used it as a family read aloud and all ages enjoyed it. As soon as I finished the book, the children quickly grabbed it to read on their own. It has been read over and over again. I do need to give a warning. Once you finish Shadows and Secrets, you will want the other two books in the Wynnewood Trilogy. Annals of Wynnewood: Cloaked in Secrets and Annals of Wynnewood: Beneath the Cloak
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It seems to me that good fiction is medicine for the heart, and that's what this series was for me. Yes, I'm an adult, but some of my favorite books are for the middle grades, and these books just reinforce that opinion! There's plenty of adventure, some wonder, delightful friendships, all sorts of lessons learned...and just when you aren't expecting it, a breathtaking glimpse of the Good News -- just for a moment as if you'd never heard it before. This first book is good, but the series just gets better! Keep reading. Further up and further in, right?
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This is a good book about a girl that's being shunned because she is different. The midwife saves her life but doesn't know how to show her love or even give her a name. The villagers call her the creature and are fearful of her. So the forest and caves becomes her playground. After the girl saves Phillip from the dragon, he becomes her first friend and protector. He also gives her the name of "Dove" because of the gray hooded cloak that she always wears to hide her face. Through each adventure with Phillip, she grows closer to him and learns how to trust him. Phillip also teaches her about God through Bible stories and that God loves her just the way she is. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did; as well as the other two books in this series.
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Philip is a 12 yr old apprentice to the town fletcher (arrow maker) who befriends the Ge-sceaft after she rescues him from a dragon. She is a "creature" who is greatly feared by the villagers and keeps herself hidden beneath a cloak because of her appearance. Philip soon discovers she is only a little younger than he is. They become best friends and have many adventures together. This friendship endures in spite of the villagers distrust and fear of "Dove" as Philip has nick-named her since she has no name.

This story is appropriate for all ages but I think would be most interesting to middle school through young adult although I know adults in the 50-65 age range who really enjoyed it. There are Christian themes as Philip is mentored by the village priest and lord who are both believers in "I Am." Philip, in turn,teaches these beliefs to Dove who has been raised with the pagan beliefs of Bertha, the midwife who saved her life and raised her.
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