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When twelve year old Jack Paris feels the small jaws of a creature that shouldn't exist clamp down on his leg, life as he knows it in small-town northeast Texas comes to a sudden end. Miss Edna, his foster mom, is forced to take him and his friend Sally to a world she secretly forsook two hundred years before to save his life. There Jack discovers that an evil wizard needs...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published (first published September 4th 2011)
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Jacquie Talento
Miss Edna is a foster parent to Jack and taken him in as her own. Jack is headed to school and the air isn’t right. When he gets home, he decides to take off into the woods and sees Sally his friend from school. After rumbling and smoke appear they head to Jacks to Ms. Edna to find that she holds powers of a Wizard and someone is seeking out to take Jack. Miss Edna takes them away to another world for protection.
Derek is the one that is put on this case for missing children. Derek is learning th...more
Nancy
When Miss Edna took Jack in in Paris, TX she had many plans. First, to get the boy settled and fed and cleaned up and then to move him somewhere calm and quiet where she could protect him. She gave him the last name of the place she found him. Paris. Miss Edna and Jack Paris are destined for great things – but Jack is totally unaware of it. He is quite happy with Edna, her 9 cats and his best friend, Sally.
One day 12 tyear old Jack comes home to an eerie feeling. One of the cats is missing, Miss...more
Tania
I received a Kindle version of this book for free as an author-giveaway.

J. Philip Horne spins a fantastic tale of magic living beneath our noses here on Earth. Young Jack, abandoned and alone for 8 years before his current foster mother Miss Edna took him under her wing, feels he has a 6th sense. His friend Sally dismisses this as paranoia. They have an uneasy, unspoken truce about the situation until the day the wizards arrive. It's a day that will change their lives and their friendship foreve...more
Shay Williams
I finished reading this book a couple days ago and had to really ponder my review. Now I am an adult as you well know however I do enjoy reading young adult. This book is aimed towards a crowd that is younger then the books I usually enjoy reading. That being said I did enjoy it though it had its issues.

Let me go thru the strengths first though. I really enjoyed the character of Edalwin 'Edna' who has been Jack's foster mother for the past four years. She is a very strong woman and her character...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book from member giveaways on librarything in exchange for an honest review.

The Lodestone is about two young children, Jack and Sally, who get involved against their will in a magical battle for power. Their protector, Miss Edna, has been captured and they journey to get her back. They meet many interesting characters along the way.

There are definite strengths about this book. The main one is Edalwin, who is the most interesting character in the bunch, especially considering her histo...more
Heather
Jack has spent his life bouncing from foster home to foster home - never really settling down and making friends. He has been with Miss Edna for a few years now and just becoming comfortable with where his life is heading when everything changes. He comes home to an eerie calm, sees men appear from nowhere, and soon sees monsters! Just as the small boy who lived under the stairs Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, this small foster boy is called on to save the world.

Perhaps I am more aware...more
Rhonda
4 STARS
I enjoyed reading Loadstone or should say listening to it on my Kindle. I did get lost a few times because did not realize it jumped to different character or place.
Its a YA fantasy book that takes place on two worlds going back and forth with Loadstones that are doorways for wizards.
Some weird creatures are after Jack and one actually poisons him during a battle between creatures a evil wizard Drakin and Jack's foster mother Miss edna.
Miss Edna with a shotgun killed a bunch of creatures...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Jack Paris is an average teenager in the seventh grade that is feeling like something is wrong but can't explain why. His friend, Sally is an avid reader that believes in what she reads. Jack's foster mom Edna Littlefield is a nurse at local hospital in Hillacre. Jack continues to feel like there is something wrong and tells his foster mom about it. Everything changes when Drakin an evil wizard from another world appears on Edna Littlefield's doorstep. She battles it out with Drakin and takes bo...more
Angela
Kindle Version (free from author through Library Thing for review)

This book takes place, first, in a small town on Earth named Hillacre. In this small town lives a woman named Miss Edna, who is a nurse who has been a great asset to the hospital she works at and who loves to help children, so is a foster Mom too. Her latest foster child’s name is Jack Paris. Jack was a very troubled young boy when Miss Edna first took him in at the age of eight. He was always in trouble at school and never kept v...more
Frank
The Lodestone is a fascinating read grabbing you right from the beginning and not letting go to the very end, in fact you don't want it to end. Well written and full of suspense that will keep you turning pages long into the night. Exceptional development of different characters spanning two worlds; as well as interesting creatures.

A Wizard from another world materializes on earth attempting to take Jack, a teenager, back with him. But in spite of his magic and monsters, Jack's foster mother has...more
Jessi Adams
I received [The Lodestone] for free in exchange for a review. Overall I enjoyed the story. I did think, however, that The Lodestone was not written at the level of young adult literature, but more at the 9-12 age group. It was very simple, very short, and did not deal with a lot of the themes that tend to characterize YA literature. I felt like it could have included more detail and more depth. The book ends up feeling more like an outline of a fantasy novel instead of a finished product. The re...more
Deborah
In J. Philip Horne's book,"The Lodestone," Miss Edna and her foster son, twelve year old Jack Paris and his friend Sally are attacked by an evil wizard. Miss Edna takes the children to her world Artaris, were two hundred years ago, she was a great wizard known as Edalwin.When Edalwin fails to return from a trip to a nearby village jack and Sally must use the Lodestones to jump between Artaeris and Earth to escape the evil wizard. "The Lodestone" is a book of friendship,forces of evil, and sacrif...more
Steven Burke
I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this story. It was fast pace, which fits into my wheel house perfectly. The characters are developed quickly and actually had a good deal of depth. This was achieved by the ability of the reader to relate to the character. The situation or setting of the story is one that every child with an imagination would be proned to think of or wished they could think of.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has ever dared to dream of something more than...more
Jacque
I work in an elementary school library and am always on the lookout for books to recommend to our students. This would be a book I would gladly recommend to our many readers of fantasy books. The characters are likable, the story well-done. I would have liked more detail in the final battle, as I was a little confused about what actually happened. Overall, I enjoyed this story very much and it is a perfect fit for middle grade and YA
J_Philip Horne
Apr 11, 2012 J_Philip Horne added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I wrote The Lodestone with a few very specific goals. With a twelve year old lead character, I targeted the middle grade audience, but hoped to make it very enjoyable to the YA crowd and the young readers' parents. Specifically, however, I tried to purge my writing of anything that wasn't in motion. I tend toward bulky prose with longer descriptions and felt I needed to challenge myself to write more effectively for a younger audience.
Shannon
Fast read, semi-original storyline, liked the characters, lacks some world development - but this, among other aspects of the story, may be revealed in the second book, could have been more fully developed, but overall, 3 out of 5 stars.
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At the tender age of 38, J. Philip Horne realized he wanted to write novels when he grew up. His first attempt ended in failure, but two years later he authored his debut novel, The Lodestone, in a five week flurry of writing.

Mr. Horne lives in Dallas with his wife and four children.
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