- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 22, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1479301744
- ISBN-13: 978-1479301744
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,156,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones
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About the Author
The plaque on Mrs. Ink’s lawn reads the Edgington Mansion, it was once thought to be lovely, though now rather decrepit and certainly full of secrets. She lives here with her husband. He is a philosopher, and said to be quite mad. According to Mrs. Ink their house is full of books, “Stacked, piled, and always advancing out and away from the shelves that ought to keep them in.” She paints and draws, writes and reads, and occasionally goes down into the dark, dismal, cobweb-creepy dungeon, to do laundry. If interested, you may choose to follow Mrs. Ink on her blog or check in with her on facebook. However, due to her absolute terror of electronics and a crippling phobia of the social media (technical term: Socmephobia), her blog posts tend to be infrequent and erratic. Also, due to several post exile investigations she is generally prevented from giving any specific information regarding her whereabouts ... Evelyn Ink is the author of Ill-fated and the Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones books. This report was conducted by: Mr. Edwin Riddle Of Public Relations, Personal Investigates, and Subterfuge.
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Unfortunately, although the story rates at least four stars, it badly needs an editor and a good proof-reader. It reads as though it were written by someone with severe dyslexia relying heavily on spell and grammar check, and never proof-read by anyone else. There are constant instances of wrong words that were obviously results of this: shutter for shudder, too for to, sight and site used interchangeably, numinous for ominous, etc. Someone with a tenuous grasp of spelling and grammar should NOT try to write in dialect or accents as things quickly become incomprehensible and I could not even guess what she was trying to say in some instances. The lack of proof-reading for proper word-usage and spelling ruins what would otherwise be a charming and fascinating book. I hope sometime in the future the author releases a properly edited version of her books so that I can bear to read the rest of the series.
Their adventure will lead them to explore ancient lands and peoples. They will meet Vikings, a creepy Oracle and lots of unseemly characters on their quest. The children learn about their mother's ancient past, her true love and two kingdoms that fought over her legacy. The adventures do sustain interest and the characters are interesting, but it is unfortunate that a book written for middle grade children has so many errors within it. The ending is not a conclusion but the background for the next adventure.
*An excerpt: "Why would Mom have a sword and weird clothes, and maps, and-Is our mom a freak?"
"Do you think she's in some weird fantasy cult?"
I gave it five stars because the sweet story about sisterhood, bravery and courage, kept enthralled through the whole book. My only gripe is that the story ended to soon, I wanted more. My advice is to grab all three books at once and prepare for a thrilling ride filled with prophecies, narcolepsy and of course, dragons.
"A door that leads nowhere...
a key to open it.
A map of a land that doesn't exist,
and a monster that does.
Four sisters; a hypochondriac scientist, a mordant writer, and two feisty twins aspiring to be pirates, set off to retrieve their eldest sister who has been kidnapped into an unknown world."
These siblings experience every adventure you ever imagined you wanted to embark upon. The twin pirate-wannabes are hysterical! The prophecy and the crazy prophet are fun, fun and incredibly creepy.
I want to read more books because I sincerely wish I could go on these adventures; still, I'm begging the author to get an editor because she could be a best-seller. I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Author Felicia Mires
The book was a good read but I found the ending sort of jarring. I know its a book for younger kids so I expect them to be shorter, but this one felt like it just stopped. So we didn't want to invest in the next one if we would feel jarred again. I think we have to just find time to read the next two all at once so we can get the full story.
(THE DRAGON BONES SERIES BOOK ONE)
Without in.any way being derivative, this lovely middle-grade fantasy reminds me of the exciting fantasy adventures of the 1950's and 1960's, with dedicated authors such as John Bellaire and Lloyd Alexander. Today that tradition is amply continued by Dan Poblocki, and now, Evelyn Ink.
The Darlingtons are a very special family, in a very special household, in a delightfully SPECIAL home. Oh, if I could only.have lived a childhood like this, abundant to overflowing with imagination, joy, fantastical adventures (literally), research and study and experimentation--and virulent sibling.rivalry.