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Topaz and the Green Fairies (Topaz the Conjure Cat) Paperback – Large Print, October 17, 2015
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READER VIEW'S review Topaz and the Green Fairies is Awarded First Place in the Children's Classics Category
Mar 19, 2017
it was amazing
Reviewed by Faryal Jabbar (age 15) for Reader Views
"Topaz and The Green Fairies" by Pat Frayne takes place in a magical world of green fairies, lovable animals, and a strong King Conjure Cat ruling over the desired land Knownotten. Bozel, a young green fairy must save his entire species from a treacherous storm that is threatening to destroy their island and its inhabitants. He embarks on a rocky journey, braving the desolate Barren Island, home to the black fisher bats. He makes friends and finds new species on his journey to find a new home for his people. Will King Topaz, Bozel, and the rest of the gang be able to rescue the green fairies before the island is swallowed by the great Slewnecky River?
While reading this novel I had the recurring feeling of warmth and intrigue, a perfect combination for a bedtime story. The book reminded of me of a big book of classic children stories I used to have and the magical animals that lived in those pages. Though I thought that the story was stretched to a slower pace in some chapters, this book would be excellent for fantasy loving children around the ages of seven to twelve. Bozel is easy to relate to and I think anyone could see a part of themselves in at least one of the diverse characters. The written thoughts of the characters helped me empathize with the characters, as I believe many children will. I would advise readers to go in without any presumptions-I went into the book with the image of talking animals who acted like people. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author added realistic animal behaviors to the characters making them feel more real.
Mrs. Frayne effortlessly switched through different points of views, each character nicely developed, however I was left wondering about the mysterious spirit on Barren Island and King Topaz. I especially loved the beautiful imagery and the map included in the book. The morals I found in the book included friendship, family, and above all-not to judge a book by its cover. For those looking for an exciting story for their children, or frankly anyone who loves a fresh classical adventure, I recommend "Topaz and The Green Fairies" by Pat Frayne.
Topaz and the Green Fairies Earned the 2016 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the 2016 Literary Classics Silver Award for Chapter Book.Children's Literary Classics Seal ofApproval
Bozel, a genuinely likable young fairy, sets out on his own in an attemptsave his family and their community. Torrential rains are causing hisvillage to slide into the river and their homes and land are being destroyed bymud slides. Young Bozel has been selected by the green fairies to find asafe-haven before they all perish.
Can such a young boy save his people? Does he have what it takes to overcomethe obstacles and trials he must face? Youngsters will thrill at the adventureand excitement of this delightful fantasy for children. Along the wayBozel makes new friends who will help him on his journey. In theirtravels they meet Topaz, a magical cat with mystical powers. Togetherwith his new friends they devise a plan to rescue Bozel's community.
Author, Pat Frayne, introduces young readers to an eclectic group of animals,including the ever-so-unusual buckwetcher, and the enchanting ghostbird. With just enough suspense to keep children on the edge of their seats,this marvelous children's book will enthrall young audiences.
From the Author
This is an award-winning tale about a young Green Fairy who faces terrifying challenges when he sails upriver in search of help to rescue his family and folk from their fast-eroding, storm-ravaged island in the middle of the great Slewnecky River.
A New And Original Adventure Fantasy For Fans Of Topaz The Yellow Conjure Cat
Topaz and the Green Fairies is the third action-packed, standalone book in this series about a mystical cat with unique paranormal abilities and his friends.
About the Series: Tales of Topaz the Conjure Cat
These cleverly woven and original tales of a mystical Yellow Conjure Cat, his friends and the magical land they live in will truly captivate anyone who loves mystical stories of high adventure. The reader is drawn into the amazing Kingdom of Knownotten and introduced to unforgettable characters. The classic fight of good vs. evil is waged in a world inhabited by fairies, elves, gnomes, trolls, wizards and other mystical animals. All of these creatures coexist in a complex and beautiful and of peril and wonder. The author has crafted a truly well-rounded and enchanting story, rich with suspense, humor, and tenderness.
These fantasy adventures are for parents as well as for children who wish to retreat into a world inhabited by mystical characters...... Child and parent alike will be able to relate to the difficulties these characters have to overcome in order to accomplish their objectives and yet remain true of heart.
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This is a lovely children's story, with the age suggestion of about 8-12 years old. It is well written, and jam-packed full of excitement. The little fairies in the story are adorable, and I think children will appreciate the well-placed illustrations used along the way. The magical land Frayne creates has already been visited as this book is part of a series, so plenty more for children to get their teeth into if they enjoy this installment. A great fantasy fiction to encourage the use of imagination at such an important age. This will make book reports more fun and the ideas for writing the report fly off the page. Truly a great way to encourage kids to read.
I loved this book!
Can such a young boy save his people? Does he have what it takes to overcome the obstacles and trials he must face? Youngsters will thrill at the adventure and excitement of this delightful fantasy for children. Along the way Bozel makes new friends who will help him on his journey. In their travels they meet Topaz, a magical cat with mystical powers. Together with his new friends they devise a plan to rescue Bozel’s community.
Author, Pat Frayne, introduces young readers to an eclectic group of animals, including the ever-so-unusual buckwetcher, and the enchanting ghostbird. With just enough suspense to keep children on the edge of their seats, this marvelous children’s book will enthrall young audiences.
This book feels like a traditional magical adventure story from my childhood. The imaginary world in which this book takes place is rich with detail and seems to extend beyond the map provided in the beginning of the book. Topaz in Knownotten Forest knows little of Bozel’s Cottersdamp Island. The plot moves quickly and even though the book begins with its characters in three separate locations, they are shortly drawn together in a united story.
I liked the book’s sense of adventure and camaraderie among the cast of characters. I liked the elements of the quest: a people in danger, a hero who must go through danger to save them, dark and mysterious forces, and of course, new bonds of friendship formed. Children can identify with Bozel’s uncertainty and revel in his new found friendship with the cat king. I liked that while this is a fantasy adventure, it is straightforward enough that children new to fantasy can follow it and understand it. It does not require a sophisticated understanding of mythological beings or philosophical questions of religion or the purpose of life.
As this is the third book in a series, there is some advantage to having read the previous books first. Reading this book as a standalone can be done, but it leaves the reader with some questions about Topaz and how he became king. I wound up identifying much more with Bozel than Topaz simply because I felt I knew him better. There are a few loose ends, such a resolution regarding Barren Island. Perhaps this will become a storyline for a further adventure.
Topaz and the Green Fairies is an accessible fantasy for children ages 8-12. Readers who like Erin Hunter’s "Warriors" series or Adam Jay Epstein’s "The Familiars" will like this book and series.