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Chrystallia and the Source of Light

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
In this beautifully illustrated children's fantasy story, two siblings struggle against sharp-edged, bedazzling foes to arrive at a place of knowing, to which they and everything belong. It's Christmas, but thirteen-year-old Maggie and her ten-year-old brother Jesse are anything but joyful. Their mother is dying, the bank is about to foreclose on their home, and very soon, ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Pam Meserve
May 17, 2011 Pam Meserve rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Pam by: P M Glaser
Chrystallia and The Source of Light' by PM Glaser...

It's more than just a's a fun, fantasy adventurous journey, as well as a beautiful journey of the heart...hold the book close to yours when you read it or just hold it and 'reflect' may feel empowered within...and every time you read it, and I think you will read it many will find something new and that's just one thing that makes this book so extra special.

Chrystallia and the Source of Light is heartfelt, often wh
Nov 08, 2011 Karissa rated it did not like it
I got a copy of this book through Librarythings's Early Reviewer program. I was very excited to read it; it sounded like a wonderful middle grade fantasy adventure in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland like underground fantasyland. Well it wasn't. What it was was very difficult to read, confusing, and obnoxious. I stopped reading after 100 pages because it hurt my brain and because it made me sad. It made me sad that some poor kid might pick this book up to read and then never read fantasy again be ...more
Lorraine Bkx
Nov 21, 2012 Lorraine Bkx rated it it was amazing
Many people will know P.M. Glaser as actor Paul Michael Glaser. Since reaching celebrity status in the 70's, Mr. Glaser has branched out creatively, becoming a director and now an author. His family was touched by AIDS in the 80's when his late wife, Elizabeth, contracted the disease through a blood transfusion after giving birth to their first child, Ariel. She unknowingly passed the disease onto Ariel and then to their son, Jake. Ariel passed away in 1988, Elizabeth in 1994. Jake is HIV positi ...more
Cynthia Bugsey
May 17, 2011 Cynthia Bugsey rated it it was amazing
What happens when you're thirteen years old and you feel that your whole world is falling apart and there is NOTHING you can do about it? Maggie, tell us her story.She feels her life sucks because her family seems to like her eleven year old brother Jesse more than they appreciate her. She wonders if anything is wrong with her but decides to put on the facade of being tough and uncaring. She takes on this defense mechanism to protect herself from her feelings of being unwanted and unloved. Her b ...more
Nov 20, 2011 Beverly rated it did not like it
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from LibraryThing's Early Review Program in exchange for an honest review.
Chrystallia and The Source of Light by P. M. Glaser
Maggie is a young girl who's life is falling a part. Her mother is dying. Her family is loosing her home. As the holidays approach, Maggie and her little brother Jesse find themselves in a strange new world - Chrystallia. and all Maggie wants to do is go home.

What I liked about the book: I didn't like anything. OK, the concept wa
Mar 14, 2012 Zachary marked it as to-read
I won this book from goodreads but never have received the copy. So, i can not make an deeper comment on this book.
Edith Rose
Mar 05, 2017 Edith Rose rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Book!!! PMG did a great job with this and the Audio is out of this world. PMG did the audio himself and he does all the voices differently with great sound effects.
Nov 08, 2011 Jojo rated it liked it
This book is told in the point of view of Maggie, a young girl frustrated with all the things happening around her. Her mom's dying, they're losing their house, and now she and her brother, Jesse, has wound up in a strange new world. Enough is enough! Maggie wants to go home and she'll do whatever it takes to do that.

Glaser has written an original read filled with unique characters and an interesting world made of crystal and rock. The story was concise and fast-paced so that you'll be halfway
Evelyn Puerto
Nov 23, 2012 Evelyn Puerto rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Chrystallia and the Source of Light is an imaginative story about two children who fall into a world where crystals come alive. The sibling rivalry between the children was well drawn, and was intensified by the sorrows they were living with: their's mother impending death from illness, the forced move from their home because the family's money went to medical bills rather than the mortgage. The adventure in Chrystallia forces them to look at themselves and each other in a different way.

The fant
May 13, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chrystallia and the Source of Light is a children's fantasy about two children who go on a quest through a magical land looking for a cure for their dying mother. It has beautiful cover art and a wonderful message. However, I found the pace a little slow. There were way too many exclamation points to emphasize the excitement of the action (better to give a good description of the action and forego the extreme punctuation). It also had characters that talked with weird accents. I generally find t ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
My favorite parts of this book were Maggie's memories at the beginning of each chapter. I think PMG is at his best when he directly confronts the feelings like he does in those little bits. Some of them were hard to read because they're so sad, but boy did I understand where Maggie was coming from when I did. It was like someone got inside my 13 year old brain and put it on paper. The rest of the story was good, too. It reminded me of me and my brother and how much better we are at life when we ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Karen-Leigh rated it liked it
Another young people's book that didn't quite engage me. The use of language was lovely, the book itself was beautifully made. Some of the characters were more interesting than others. the book is a keeper for who wrote it not because I would reread it. I came to it too old.
Diane Dunham
Aug 13, 2015 Diane Dunham rated it it was amazing
Wiity, funny, entertaining, easy to read. Illustrations are awesome. Plus you can learn a little something about gems, rocks and minerals.
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P.M. Glaser - Paul Glaser is best known for his portrayal of Starsky in the 1970s’ series Starsky & Hutch. In addition to his many acting roles, he has also found success behind the camera, helming films like The Running Man, The Air Up There, and Kazaam. Glaser has always loved storytelling, whether as an actor, a director, or—now—a writer. With Chrystallia and the Source of Light he presents ...more
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