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The Grotto Under the Tree

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Sebastian and Sara mistakenly descend into a mystical land where elves, mermaids, gnomes and other mythological creatures live. The two discover they have stumbled into an ancient battle between these fair folk and evil creatures called the Kylo. Their guide on this journey is Capri, an elf lord who is on a quest to find his lost tribe. The Kylo chase the children and Capr ...more
ebook, 139 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Astraea Press (first published July 7th 2004)
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Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick easy read with lots of imagination and thought

Creative and easy read. It was very imaginative and sparked all my kid like thinking again. Oh the wonder of story telling. I look forward to more adventures into this world.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
(This review can be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

To be honest, I really didn't know what to make of this book when I first received the tour invite in my inbox. It sounded interesting, so I thought I'd take a chance on it. Luckily, the book turned out to be likable.

Sara and Sebastian are both in 5th grade and are best friends. While in school, the learn the legend of the big, old oak tree that sits outside their classroom window. During a storm, the o
My favorite way to read Middle Grade fiction is to go into as if I was a young reader. I love to take the story at face value, get lost in it, look at it as both a young and an older reader. To me, the best kind of MG fiction is that which can peak the interest of any reader, no matter what the age! All of that being said, I thought that The Grotto Under the Tree had a lot of potential. Charming and fun, this is an easy romp in a new world.

It did take me a bit to get fully immersed in this story
Christina  Torretta
Although this is young adult I found myself thoroughly enjoying this story. Following the adventures of two young children, Sebastien and Sara, and it is very reminiscent of fabulous books like Alice in Wonderland and my favorite from Neil Gaimen, Star Dust.

Much like Star Dust I found myself totally involved in the story, while the children were soaring through water or the air I was soaring with them. It was such a fast and really fun read but it is definitely not only for children, this is a b
Ginny  Gallagher
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this middle-grade fantasy story for its entertaining mixture of magic and life lessons. It kept me entertained while at the same time made me think about the message that was lying beneath the surface of the story.

The two main characters, Sebastian and Sarah, are fifth grade students that decide to explore the fallen oak tree that has stood in front of their school for centuries. During their exploration they become trapped in a cave and discover a hidden world of magic, adventu
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
I thought this book was charming and creative, although a bit difficult to dive in at first. Our main characters, Sara and Sebastian are very brave and extremely curious, falling into a magical land that reminds me a bit of The Chronicles of Narnia with some similar elements, albeit the author brings new ideas, making this a unique adventure.

The dialogues between the characters become a bit cheesy and the big problem is solved just like a child would solve it, simple, without emphasizing much vi
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