Seasonal Greetings and Great Adventure Stories!

Dec 19th, 2016 | By | Category: Articles, Children's Fiction, Lodestone Books, Our Street Books, Young Adult Fiction

Seasonal greetings. We have some great adventure stories that will make fabulous gifts and book token buys from both Our Street Books and Lodestone Books. 

From Our Street Books

emma-oliverEmma Oliver and the Song of Creation

With the Great Mother Tree dying in the Shining Land, eleven-year-old Emma Oliver must sing the Song of Creation before it’s too late.

I just couldn’t put this book down. I read it from cover to cover and two days later I re-read it! Emma Oliver and the Song of Creation is pure fantasy BUT upon my second reading I realised that it is based upon the factual interaction of trees with one another and their relationship with fungi and animals as described in another good book “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben, Forester and ecologist. Emma makes the whole subject clear not only to children but to adults with a non-scientific base. I feel that this story would make a superb film to reach those who do not wish to read. ~ Paul Cooper, Goodreads

 

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firebird-chroniclesFirebird Chronicles, The

The Nemesis Charm

Sickness spills from beyond the Un-Crossable Boundary. Can Fletcher and Scoop break its deadly curse before their old enemy takes control?

I was given a copy of The Nemesis Charm by Net Galley in Exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book and not since the Harry Potter series have i enjoyed a series this much. This is the second book in The Firebird Chronicles series and it was just as exciting as the first. There’s magic and danger. It features all the same characters from the first book.A wonderful story the reader can get completely lost in. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. ~ Judith Taylor, NetGalley/Amazon

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May's MoonMay’s Moon

If thirteen-year-old Michael May passes a battery of tests, he could be the first child on the moon!

Beating thousands of others, the geeky boy they call ‘Micky Moon’ at home, is one of ten children from around the world accepted onto the ‘Children’s Moon Program’ in Florida. If he can survive the g-force of a space-shuttle launch, overcome his secret fear of water and pass the other battery of tests, he could win a place on the next mission to the moon! “May’s Moon” by experienced children’s author S. Y. Palmer is a terrifically entertaining read that will have a special attraction for young boys ages 9 to 12. Very highly recommended for school and community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “May’s Moon” is also available in a Kindle edition. ~ Fiction Shelf, Midwest Book Reviews

 

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MistflowerMistflower – The Loneliest Mouse

When a scared kitten finds himself lost and alone, the only creature to take pity on him is the cats’ arch enemy – a mouse.

From the synopsis this looked like a really good story to read with the eight year old I was child sitting for. I’d intended for us to read a couple of chapters each time but once we started neither of us wanted to stop reading. We both finally fell asleep just after Storm, the sheepdog found Mistflower and Silk in the barn. I took the book home with me and found myself compulsively reading it every spare minute I had. I also found that re-reading what I’d read the next time I child sat didn’t dim my enjoyment one whit. It really is a fantastic story. It is very well written and the characters are warm and endearing (all except for Caramel the cow, who is bossy and really horrible). We were totally lost in the story and found ourselves, as you do with truly wonderful books, desperate to reach the end and know the outcome while at the same time dreading coming to the end. When we finally did reach the final page we were both sad and immediately agreed to read it again. We are now reading a little less compulsively but still with great enjoyment. I’ve now got my own copy as it is a book I will never grow out of. As my little friend put it; it is the best thing since Charlotte’s Web. ~ A. Wallen, Amazon.com

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From Lodestone Books

jhp5773d9acdfaebEscape from the Past: At Witches’ End (Book 3)

When time-traveling gamer, Max, returns to medieval Germany to rescue a friend, he quickly learns that evil forces are eager to hunt him down.

When Max is approached by Karl in present day 2015 to travel back in time to 1473 in the Middle Ages again by playing a computer game Max is really against playing again until he learns that he owes Karl a favor from the first time he played the game. With Karl’s help and against his better judgement Max decides to travel back in time once more to return the favor he owes Karl. Besides he will get to visit his old friend Bero and his sister Juliana who Max has a crush on. But Max runs into a little trouble upon his arrival that may cause him to have to stay in the game forever, or better yet, lose his life.

Although I have loved traveling with Max on all of his journeys through the past I think that his last journey in Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End is my favorite. Would I recommend Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End? You bet I would to anyone who loves a good book and likes to travel back in time with a great historical fiction novel. ~ The Avid Reader, Blog

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Last Stop Cover

The Last Stop

An alien race on Jupiter’s moon Europa has traveled the galaxy and achieved immortality by downloading themselves into an inorganic form, but needs the help of a teenage boy on Earth to save both worlds.

The Last Stop launches with a mystery that rides on a youthful sense of wonder and curiosity as did J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. The adventure travels into new territory on the power of daring speculation and scientific accuracy that take voyagers beyond the ambiguity of 2001: A Space Odyssey. NASA’S current inclusion of a Europa mission makes The Last Stop feel prescient and real. ~ Michael C Green, Veteran Television Network Producer and Studio Executive, The Matrix Reloaded, Superman, Clear and Present Danger

 

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Boundary 1Boundary

The Other Horizons Trilogy – Book One

Never try to open the locked doors. Never question what you are told. And never attempt to cross the Boundary.

Never try to open the locked doors. Never question what you are told. And never attempt to cross the Boundary. Kept inside an eerie estate for their entire lives, Penny and her five friends have had no contact with the outside world, with their only windows being a handful of books, a sinister master and a secretive housekeeper. Fed up of living a mystery, Penny begins breaking all the rules and finally tries to escape; but what she uncovers is far more devastating than she could have imagined. It rapidly becomes a deadly struggle for the truth in a world where nothing is what it seems, and friendship can be either your greatest weapon…or your biggest liability. A riveting novel from beginning to end, it is particularly interesting to note that the author, Mary Victoria Johnson, wrote “Boundary” when she was fourteen, and realized her dream of seeing it published three years later. A fascinating story with cross-generational appeal, Boundary is very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “Boundary” is also available in a Kindle edition. ~ The Fiction Shelf, Midwest Book Review

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briar-blackwoodBriar Blackwood’s Grimmest of Fairytales

After discovering she is the fabled Sleeping Beauty, a brooding goth-girl races against time to undo her deadly fate.

In Briar Blackwood’s Grimmest of Fairytales author Timothy Roderick has fashioned an imaginative mashup of plots and characters from the beloved stories we all grew up with. Breathing new life into those old tales, Roderick drops characters such as Sleeping Beauty and the Big Bad Wolf (or even a whole pack of them) right into the middle of modern America, then draws us back into his own magical and amusingly inverted version of the fairy tale world along with them. This is exactly the kind of story I would love to wake up in, full of wit and irony and with nary a damsel-in-distress in sight. ~ Laura Perry, author of Ariadne’s Thread: Awakening the Wonders of the Ancient Minoans in Our Modern Lives

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