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Author: Linda Dawda

Illustrator: Michael Graham

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Publisher: Hidden Trees Publications,

Material: paperback

Summary: The Morgan children--Tommy, Scott, and Rachel--and their friends spend their free time preparing for adventures in the great forest behind their homes. Outfitted in uniforms and weaponry which they made, they venture into the woods in search of evil demons. On an all-day outing, the adventurers decide to explore a cave thought to be inhabited by demons. Instead of demons, the adventurers are surprised to meet a fairy who shows them a portal that will take them to the Elvin Realm. Awaiting the arrival of the adventurers, are elves who need their help to protect themselves from Talser Wraiths. Can the adventurers help? Will they? What about getting back home? This is an adventure fantasy that takes the teen protagonists back to the Middle Ages.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13

Interest Level: 10 to 13

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: In an effort to provide the reader with a clear description of a character, dialogue, or necessary story element, the author provides far too much detail. The book is composed of many exciting adventures; however, the transition from one to another is frequently abrupt.

Pros: The book is a wholesome fantasy/adventure that most adolescents will enjoy reading. It will pique their curiosity and imagination. Though it falls short of being great literature, it is an entertaining and delightful read.

Cons: The author has announced that this is the first of a book series, yet does so without the benefit of reader feedback. Editorial attention is required.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book for the public library. Compared with other books in its genre, this book is a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10.

If You Liked This Book, Try: RIDDLE IN THE MOUNTAIN   RAIRARUBIA (The Rairarubia Tales, Book 1)   THE DARK DREAMWEAVER (Book 1, Remin Chronicles)

Educational Themes: The book is filled with imaginative adventures.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, young adult

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2007

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