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Little Orphan Anvil (Little Orphan Anvil Trilogy #1)

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A Tale of Magic and Metal...

A tale of an orphaned robot and its journey to help save a realm from the rule of an evil witch. When the Land of Iron and Anvil is brought to ruin by a wicked storm, the robot becomes lost in the wilds of the lands. But after being discovered by a little boy and his dog, the robot is reunited with its crea
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Paperback, 126 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by World Castle Publishing (first published March 9th 2011)
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Alexia Purdy
Oct 29, 2011 Alexia Purdy rated it it was amazing
The story follows a little robot named Anvil, partially destroyed in a storm caused by an evil witch who believes any kind of iron and metal machines are an abomination and should be destroyed. Will, an old man and Anvil’s creator, is on a mission to help the orphaned children who reside in the mansion with the witch and have to do her every wish. When the Land of Iron and Anvil is partially destroyed by her evil magic, Will sets off towards the Land of Shadows along with another orphan named So ...more
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Dec 24, 2011 Books rated it it was amazing
This book was magical from start to end. I never thought I would come to like a little whistling robot in a story as much as I did in this one.

In “Little Orphan Anvil’ the characters are utterly lovable! A young boy and his very clever dog; a little girl with a fire fly in a jar; a good, kind old man and of course our favorite robot droid, all meet up along the way on a quest to free the orphaned children from the evil old witch who is forcing them to work in her magical garden. A garden destin
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Carly Wallace
Oct 18, 2011 Carly Wallace rated it it was amazing
Hi y'all Anne here I have just finished reading Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman and what a perfect little story. This story is brought to life in a land where Iron work is a magic and robot droids are a thing of legend. I loved the story from page one it captured me in the description of a time far from now and the struggle good people will always have no matter what has happened to the world. The characters are so sweet and lovable and truly endearing to the story and its base of good wil ...more
Jane
Oct 25, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’m not sure what age this book was written for but it is a lovely story and could appeal to children and adults alike. The writing is simple, there are no words of profanity and the fight scenes are not too graphic for young people!

The magical realm that Joseph sent us to was a very dark and depressing place with little hope until Sonny and his dog Ranger happened across the droid (Anvil). They then went on to meet Will, Anvil’s maker and Kelsey a young girl who was a strong and brave character
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Ifrah
Oct 14, 2011 Ifrah rated it really liked it
Little Orphan Anvil was a quick,lighthearted and a really good read with adventures,action and an adorable robot!

The story is about an orphan robot and its journey to save a realm from the hands of an evil witch.The Land Of Iron and Anvil gets destroyed by a wild storm,and the robot gets lost in the destruction caused by it.After some time,Sonny,a little boy along with his dog,discovers the robot and it gets united with its creator,Will.Together the four of them set off on a journey to save the
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Merisha28
Jul 10, 2012 Merisha28 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for a honest review.
This book is either YA or adult. It is a fiction book with robot, magic/sorcery, and an evil witch. This book is not the normal genre I read about. I really enjoyed this book. It is a fast paced read that will leave you wanting to know what happens next to all the loveable characters.

It is a story about several Orphans of different natures coming together in an attempt rescue other orphans from a mansion run by an evil witch. The evil witch p
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A. Sweeny
Jul 23, 2012 A. Sweeny rated it it was amazing
Little Orphan Anvil is a sweet little tale about a boy and a robot in a dangerous land with evil lurking at every corner.
This book was very much like a fairy tale and the plot progressed along with nice descriptions and fabulous world building. The bad witch is bad as can be, and the good guys, the heroes, a boy, a robot, the robot maker along with a the dog, must succeed in bringing peace and harmony to a land ravaged by evil. I believe that this book will resonate with a much younger audience
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Julia
Nov 22, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written as well as a fast page turner. Not too long but then not too short either. I loved Will's character as well as Sonny and Kelsey's characters. With a little bit of history as to the time and age. The book takes you on a wonderful mission set out by Will, Sonny and a robot-droid.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Feb 03, 2012 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
Little Orphan Anvil
By Joseph Beekman

A Mystic Press author and graduate of Media Arts in fine arts from the University of Arizona (1994), Joseph writes books and screenplays, and is an avid supporter of animal rescue and protection. He is an avid fan of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and mythology, as well as a big fan of history, music, and the arts. Two books authored by Joseph Beekman are "A Tail Spun" and "Little Orphan Anvil" - both books are Mystic Press Publications (Feb. 2012) and
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Wanda Hartzenberg
Little Orphan Anvil
By Joseph Beekman


A Mystic Press author and graduate of Media Arts in fine arts from the University of Arizona (1994), Joseph writes books and screenplays, and is an avid supporter of animal rescue and protection. He is an avid fan of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and mythology, as well as a big fan of history, music, and the arts. Two books authored by Joseph Beekman are "A Tail Spun" and "Little Orphan Anvil" - both books are Mystic Press Publications (Feb. 2012) and
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Loretta
Mar 19, 2012 Loretta rated it it was amazing
I am a lover of sci-fi/fantasy all the way from my head to my toes, and I have been on a long quest to find a compelling and fun story that I could use to entice my young sons into the world of fantasy as well. This is it! Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman fulfills all of my requirements for a great sci-fi/fantasy read and it well written for both adults and children alike.

The most important thing I look for is characters that I can believe in. While all of the main characters of this story
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Dianna Hardy
Jan 02, 2012 Dianna Hardy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won
Where to start....

I haven't read a children's book for a really long time, and I'm so glad this is the first one that came my way (I won it in a competition) for me to get stuck back into children's fiction.

Joseph Beekman is a fantastic storyteller, and manages to weave a tale that is both simple to read, yet so imaginative.

This story is fast-paced (just the way I like my books), but none of the characters or plot was compromised as a result. The story goes along at just the right level of speed
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Julie
Jul 15, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ebook: The Orphan Anvil
Author : Joseph Beekman
Fiction, YA
This review may contain spoilers
I was given this book by the author for review
Summary: A tale of an orphaned robot and its journey to help save a realm from the rule of an evil witch. When the Land of Iron and Anvil is brought to ruin by a wicked storm, the robot becomes lost to the wilds of the lands. But after being discovered by a little boy and his dog, the robot is reunited with its creator, and they set off to the Land of Shadows to
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Bex 'n' Books
Nov 03, 2012 Bex 'n' Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review written by Kati exclusively for Bex 'n' Books.

I loved this series!

I must start out with that the development of the characters in these stories is fantastic! It is what hit me the most out of this trilogy of stories! This is a fantastic read for anyone who likes YA or Adult Sci-fi and I would recommend to any of my Sci-Fi friends!

In the first book, it is the religious overtones that I found most interesting buried into the writing. I don’t know if they were intentional or not and that wh
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Heather Alexander
Aug 22, 2012 Heather Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in return for an honest review. This is a sci-fi type story set in a land of sorcery. When blacksmiths discover ancient mechanical & technological secrets, everything changes, much to the dislike of an old witch. The blacksmiths build robot-droids that help do everything. The old witch runs an orphanage and plots to destroy all things mechanical and technological. Will, a nice old man builds a robot-droid, thinking he can help the orphans. He wants them to play more and ...more
DeAnna
Nov 03, 2012 DeAnna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, let me preface my review by saying this: Though not explicitly stated in the book's description, upon reading, I have come to the assumption that this book was written and intended for children. Therefore, I will base my review upon that assumption.

Little Orphan Anvil says that it is about an orphaned robot. While the robot does play a big part in the storyline, I felt that the story itself focused more on the two human characters: Will and Sonny.

Overall, I liked the story. I liked the re
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Heidi
Oct 03, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book by the Author for an honest review.

What an easy read for children of any age! Highly recommend for kids learning to read chapter books or for reading time with an adult. A great story line that has just enough magic, just enough mystery, just enough of an evil witch and plenty of tail wagging by a dog! A great Sci-Fi book for kids!

In a land where robots are good and helpful, a big storm hits like never seen before destroying the world around them. Sonny, a boy displaced by
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Aneesa Price
Feb 01, 2013 Aneesa Price rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman

This is a trilogy that parents and older children can both enjoy. The author's imagination is impressive in the manner within which he describes the surprising world he created where magic and metal meld together. I have never before read a book that combines the sci-fi favorite of robotics with one of my favorites - magic.
It is essentially a refreshing play on the evil witch story but what makes this trilogy even more unique is the unexpecte
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SATIN SUE
Dec 03, 2011 SATIN SUE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wendy Steele
Apr 30, 2013 Wendy Steele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was offered the complete trilogy to read for an honest review and I'm so glad I had all three books together as the writiing and storytelling just got better and better!
In the first book we meet Will and his cat Stella. Will's offer of help to an old woman running an orphange is declined, condemning the orphans to a life of servitude. A few weeks later, Sonny and his dog Ranger find a metal object stuck in the mud in the woods and the robot, Anvil, leads them to Will and together they embark o
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Kelly Jones
Jul 31, 2012 Kelly Jones rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, and all I can say is "WOW". I really enjoyed this book, and I love the characters that created such a wonderful world, and an interesting story. The witches fear of progress drives her to the destruction of the land of Iron and Anvil, afraid of the magic of the droid robots.
Will, being from the lands of Iron and Anvil finds Sonny who has with him a little robot who is bad need of some attention. The little group overcome some treacherous conditions,
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Mad about
Mar 08, 2013 Mad about rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sonny and his pet dog find an abandoned robot on their travels to find better pastures and believe their luck to have finally turned after their homeland was destroyed.
Will is an old handy man from an orphanage and the original creator of the robot. He's been travelling on the river to head home when he encounters Sonny and the group decide to rescue the orphans from the clutches of an evil Witch.
Their journey is far and perilous but with their little robot and courage nothing can defeat them.
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Jennifer  Davis
May 18, 2012 Jennifer Davis rated it it was amazing
I was given and e-copy in exchange for my honest review.

This is volume 1 in The Little Orphan Anvil Trilogy. The tale revolves around the battle of machine against evil magic. The entire realm and several orphans fate are in the hands of a child, his dog, a robot, and its creator. They must save the orphans from and evil witch that has destroyed the Land of Iron and Anvil. Along the journey, they have several obstacles the must overcome before the real battle begins.

I really enjoyed this book.
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Claire Taylor
Sep 05, 2012 Claire Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An evil witch, an orphaned robot, an orphanage full of children under an evil spell and 2 guys and a dog out to save the day. Not your normal mix of characters for a storyline, but it works well.

The book follows the journey of Will, Sonny, Ranger (the dog) and Anvil (the robot) as they make their way through lands back to an orphanage Will used to work at, before coming to blows with the witch that runs it. Having always regretting leaving the children behind to her dark magic, they are determin
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Kayla Eklund
Jun 07, 2012 Kayla Eklund rated it it was amazing
I really liked Little Orphan Anvil. At 139 pages, it was a short read. The book only took me about an hour to read. The plot was fast paced and fun. There was never a boring moment where I wanted to put the book down. I loved hearing about all of the different lands. The land of Iron and Anvil was my favorite. I didn’t find any spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes when I was reading. I liked all of the characters. When I was reading the book, I pictured the robot as the robot from Clannad ...more
TJ
Jul 21, 2012 TJ rated it really liked it
Little Orphan Anvil (LOA) is an amazing read. Follow the little robot droid, Sonny, Ranger, Will and Kelsey as they journey between lands and set about to do good, maybe save some people too... I don’t wanna give out many details as I don’t know which parts to pick!
The author weaves a spell of magic and makes you never want to stop reading till you are at the last word of the last line. A nice lighthearted read. Absolutely magical and interesting. You can’t help but love the little robot and fin
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Autumn
Aug 01, 2012 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author to give an honest review.

When I received this book I wondered what it was exactly about since I did not read the synopsis, I was truly glad I had a chance to read it. This book is perfect for all ages and I am sure everyone will really enjoy reading it.

Little Orphan Anvil has magic and there is no profanity and the fight scenes are not graphic. It has been a while since I read a good children's story.

If you like to read a great sci-fi/fantasy story that has
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Danisha Wade
Nov 30, 2012 Danisha Wade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book to review for my honest opinon so here it goes.

I will tell you that this is not the type of books I read I am more of a romance reader, but I really enjoyed this read. It is more in my opinon a YA read but adults will enjoy this too. The characters in this story are very loveable and it's a very fast paced read.

I think that young adult readers would enjoy this book due to all of the different characters including the robot, ophans, and the evil witch. Also who don't like a
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Ashley Fontainne
Nov 18, 2011 Ashley Fontainne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Little Orphan Anvil was a delightful read, suitable for adults and children alike. Joseph weaves the words beautifully, describing in great detail a world full of characters that you instantly connect with.

A bit of mystery, a bit of magic and a lot of commraderie, this book leaves you smiling as you read the last word. And considering that this type of genre is not something I normally read (since I am much more dark and twisted) I found myself slipping back to the wondrous awe of innocent child
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Apr 06, 2012 Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All genres
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Joseph
I give this awesome story 10*s out of five. Its a story about Orphans and the wicked witch that holds them persioners and do her bidding.
Will being an elderly man who builds a machine that ends up being an Orphan too until a boy and his dog finds it. Its an awesome machine that goes through alot to save the poor Orphan children, which in the end gets the name Anvil!!
This was a cute little story and a Must read book that will not take long to read but has a lot of action in this little book. Th
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An author with a degree in fine arts, Joseph writes books and screenplays, and is an avid supporter of animal rescue and protection. He is a follower of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, history, and mythology. Books published include: "A TAIL SPUN" - a post-apocalyptic, war fantasy novella; "THE DRIFTING VOID" - a new paranormal, sci-fi short story series; and The Complete Trilogy of ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Little Orphan Anvil Trilogy (4 books)
  • The Shades of Fate (Little Orphan Anvil, #2)
  • The Gravelands of Fate (Little Orphan Anvil, #3)
  • Little Orphan Avil: The Complete Trilogy

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