An action-packed magical adventure, with the age old battle between good and evil, that's loads of fun! Sound familiar? It shouldn't. This is "Countryside", not Harry Potter. This is where the comparison stops. The two are as different as day and night.
Eleven-year-old Luke Rayburn and his family represent all that's right in America - Respect, honor, a strong family unit, self discipline, personal responsibility, and simply doing what's right. Luke's power, his strength is something we all have, if we'll use it. Shows the reader the importance of inner fortitude and growth.
Mr. Cope expertly 'shows' these strengths through his characters, and doesn't simply 'tell' these valuable lessons.
Since this is the first book in a series, the author has expertly laid the foundation for future stories by his world building. He has laid the framework as such, that it will easily support the rest of the series. The characters are real - real enough for the reader to get involved, to care, to stay interested until the end of the book.
I highly recommend this Fantasy novel to all ages - Middle grades, teens, adults, even recycled teens such as myself. 'Countryside' is on my personal list of favorites for this year, and it will probably be on my top list for the year. It's that good. I definitely plan on reading the rest of the series. You should too. Countryside: The Book of the WiseJ.T. Cope IV
Copy of book was provided by the author, (J.T. Cope IV - thank you!), in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. ...more
Ms. Puddle, you never cease to amaze me! I don't think I've ever read two books in a row by the same author that I've enjoyed this much until now! I lovMs. Puddle, you never cease to amaze me! I don't think I've ever read two books in a row by the same author that I've enjoyed this much until now! I loved Star-Crossed Rascals and absolutely adored Polly and Gertie. I didn't think it possible to like any other characters as much as I did those two. That is, until I met Velvet Ball and Roseberry, the Fairy of Crabtree Forest. Once again, I found myself falling in love with the main characters, Velvet our young heroine, and Roseberry our unlikely heroine.
Velvet Ball is a bright, intelligent and precocious 9 year old girl who suffers with a disease called Alopecia Areata. This condition has left Velvet bald, with no body hair, and an obvious target for bullies. This wonderful little girl is nobody's victim however, and she is no pushover. Roseberry IS the fairy your mother warned you about. She's sassy times ten, a tad bit rude, yet a bundle of laughs. The way Ms. Puddle handles the relationship between these two is masterful; the dialogue smoothly bounces back and forth as expertly as a tennis ball at a Wimbleton match.
The story moves consistently along at a nice speed, with just the right amount of excitement, action and humor. (Might I add well placed, well-timed humor that is actually funny, not cheesy or dumbed down). Velvet rescues Roseberry, after the bullies have thrown her into a tree. She takes her home where she'll be safe, but the bullies kidnap Roseberry out of Velvet's room. (My stomach actually dropped at this part; the talented Ms. Puddle knows how to write!). Velvet is once again going to bravely rescue the fairy from the bullies...
I highly recommend Patricia Puddles books to everyone. This is one author, whom I'm thankful to have been introduced to. Her books have never failed to cheer me up and make me laugh. I'll even go as far as to say they're therapeutic. My autistic son loves them also. He's become a big fan. We plan on buying/owning every book she writes. I'll be keeping her books on my favorites shelf for years to come, where they will be shared with my grandchildren.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author for the purposes of review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ...more
Polly & Gertie are back... and so is Great Auntie Mabel. Uh-Oh.
This time they are headed to The Opera House. Will 'the Rascals' survive their momentPolly & Gertie are back... and so is Great Auntie Mabel. Uh-Oh.
This time they are headed to The Opera House. Will 'the Rascals' survive their moment of fame? Better yet, will the Opera House survive 'the Rascals?
Patricia Puddle has done it again! This very talented children's author, has written another winner with "Rascals Sing at The Opera House", the second book in the "Star-Crossed Rascals" series. (You do not have to read the first book to enjoy this one, but I'd highly recommend that you do because it's so good).
Written especially for reluctant readers, these books are funny and interesting enough, that your child will want to keep reading. My autistic son loves Ms. Puddles' books, and so do I. Every time we read her books, we both end up with sore ribs, breathless, and with tears streaming down our cheeks, whether it's the first time or the third.
Ms. Puddle has re-discovered the funny bone with the "Rascals" series. Whether you're a child or child at heart, you will love these books.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author for the purposes of review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Christopher Mahoney: Your future's so bright, you gotta wear shades! This novel is the start of something great for you!
I wasn't sure what to expect wChristopher Mahoney: Your future's so bright, you gotta wear shades! This novel is the start of something great for you!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I thought it would be another one of those middle school/young adult sci-fi stories which would lose my interest after the first few chapters due to being too bland, too technical or too monotone. Happily, I could't have been more wrong about my preconceptions of this book!
First of all, it wasn't strictly sci fi; it was more of an action/adventure story which just happened to take place in space. I don't want to see it being limited in its audience potential by being classified strictly as sci fi. However, young sci fi fans will still enjoy it, along with all boys and girls who just happen to like a good story.
I thoroughly enjoyed the author's writing style; it was smooth, descriptive yet not long-winded, and it kept my interest through to the end. From the first paragraph of Zack's story I was hooked. Once Mr. Mahoney laid the foundation, it was a fast-moving train from there on out. The action started early on and continued gaining speed, not slowing down until the very end of the book. Zack Goodspeed is a normal 10 year old boy with a normal family and an extremely normal life, who through his not so normal scientist Grandfather Fyodor, goes on the adventure of a lifetime. It was pleasantly easy enough to connect with the different characters, Zack, Angelina (nicknamed 'Max'), and Sanjay, but I especially loved Fyodor who reminded me of "Doc" from the Back to the Future movies. What a cool grandfather to have!
I sincerely hope Mr. Mahoney is planning sequels to this book. I will definitely buy them, and will be re-reading this one in the future until then!
*Happily won this book through the GoodReads First Reads Program. Thank you Christopher Mahoney for making it possible for me to read your book....more
Oh my word! Ms. Puddle, you are a genius! Finally, a "childs" tale which is appropriate for boys and girls of all ages. I'd highly recommend fUpdate:
Oh my word! Ms. Puddle, you are a genius! Finally, a "childs" tale which is appropriate for boys and girls of all ages. I'd highly recommend for everyone to read this book, from Senior Citizens to the youngest readers.
Star-Crossed Rascals is the funniest tale I've read in years! I will never look at "play-dough", "gobstoppers" or mops the same. *****10 stars!*****
Polly is such an endearing little girl, who's best intentions always seem to land her in a mess. She has come to life in the pages of this book, which will have you laughing and crying at the same time. Gertie, who is Polly's best friend, is the child your mother always warned you about, except she's not cruel or mean, simply adventurous. She's the best friend we all want to have! I found myself cheering on Polly (and Gertie), in their antics against Great Auntie Mabel who was an utter crank. I'm keeping this one for my grandchildren, as it will be re-read many times again. Thank you for the fun Ms. Puddle and for Zac's new favorite book! Please, please write many sequels!
I received my free copy of Star-Crossed Rascals through the GoodReads First Reads program in the mail today. Thank you so much Ms. Puddle! My son and I are going to enjoy reading this together. Will post my review soon....more
I just finished this book with remorse... only because there weren't more pages left to read! I don't like to admit it, but I expected this book to beI just finished this book with remorse... only because there weren't more pages left to read! I don't like to admit it, but I expected this book to be your run-of-the-mill young adult book. Instead, I was very pleasantly mistaken and found it to be a beautifully wrapped offering with layers of character, virtue and good old fashioned heartfelt storytelling.
As I'm sitting here trying to write a review for this book, I'm struggling because I honestly can not do this book justice. To try to describe this story is like trying to describe every single bite of a heavenly, delicious, cold, rich, ice cream sundae... It's better experienced for one's self!
I'd recommend this book to tweens and young adults of all ages, even grey haired ones. Do yourself a favor and dive in. Savor every bite of this delicious tale. And while you're at it, grab a few kids and their friends. Or maybe a library story hour full. There's nothing like sharing a treat. Bravo Mr. Bianco! ...more