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Summary: This fantasy story revolves around two boys and a mysterious stranger who are transported into a universe they never knew existed. Austin, Dan, and the mysterious visitor, Edic, learn about an ancient prophecy that puts the trio in mortal jeopardy. This is an award winning adventure written by a 14-year-old home schooled student in Indiana.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 9 to 12
Reading Level: 2.8
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is typical of most of the fantasy books for preteens ... except that those were written by adults. There is lots of action and it is well written.
Pros: This is an adventure for preteens that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a well-written story, and kids will enjoy it; but it probably isn't a "classic" that you'll keep forever.
Educational Themes: The story itself offers its own lessons. It is specifically aimed at a ´┐½tweener´┐½ audience, which guarantees multiple re-reads and lots of chatter on the internet.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, fantasy, Christian themes
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009
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