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(Sam Green and the WhipEye Great Ones #1)

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This edition was previously published under the ISBN 0990401308

An alternate cover edition can be found here and here.

Charlie, a thousand-year-old wise-cracking parrot, convinces animal nerd Samantha and her spunky side-kick Jake to save him and
Paperback, First, 312 pages
Published June 19th 2014 by KiraKu Press (first published June 1st 2014)
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Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it


Another beautiful cover.Actually the cover is what dragged me to read this.I wasn't really interested on the plot before reading it,because I am not much of an animal fan.But this cover,this awesome color-matching cover made me read this.And I am so grateful for that.


WhipEye is a brilliant adventure fiction with a lot of suspense and thrilling moments.I have read this in 2 days and I was pretty caught up with it.It is a children,young adult fiction and the talking was a little

Iryna *Book and Sword*
Sadly for me this book is a dnf. Life is too short to read books you don't like, right?

I was 6 chapters into it (however I have been pushing myself to read it since chapter 2) when I decided that this book was not doing it for me. And I normally love books that are shooting for the middle-grade audience.

The whole setting of the book was so unrealistic it put me off right away. The main character, Sam, was not very likable, and she didn't feel like a real girl at all.
Things were happening way
Geoffrey Saign
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
WhipEye Awards
• WINNER 2015 International Book Award—Children’s Fiction, US Book News
• WINNER 2015 Outstanding Children’s Fiction—IAN Book of the Year Awards
• TOP CHOICE— the #1 rated site online for kids reviewing books
• NOTABLE INDIE—Best Indie Book, Shelf Unbound
5 STAR review By Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite
From the very start, Geoffrey Saign’s well-written adventure had me hooked on every word. With a vast cocktail of emotions spread throughout,
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I sadly had to DNF this book. Despite its overall good reviews, this just isn’t for me. I know, I know. Theoretically, it has most everything I love in a story: fantasy, friendship, a reminder of the importance of nature, and adventure. But it didn’t quite agree with me. You see I need more than just these elements. I need to believe in the world, to be immersed in the story even if only a little. But in the 175 pages I read, that was impossible.

It all begins with the fact that the fantasy world
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before I start, let me first clear up that I am close to 40 years old. I read YA books so I can help my sister and brother-in-law keep my niece and nephews interested in reading. If I can talk to them about what they are read or have read, and engage them verbally, it brings us closer together and really makes them excited to read.

Let me start out by saying this is NOT what I expected when WhipEye was handed to me. Over the last several years, we have seen time and again authors trying to follow
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Summary- Samantha knew nothing good would come of her stealing the Congo African Gray Parrot named Charlie from the Endless Pet Store. But the parrot ordered her to do it. Apparently, Charlie is a magical powered animal called a methuselah animal – an animal born every 1,000 years, lives for a thousand years, and it will then give its energy to the Earth when it dies – and Charlie’s 1,000th birthday is coming up. Magnar, an evil man who has found a way to trap the methuselahs’ energy and has ...more
Jonathan Vine
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story had every element a good story should have:
Attention to details best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There's an abundance of well illustrated scenes that actually make you feel like you are right there in the story -or at least wish you were - and that's something I really look for in a good book.

This captivating and praiseworthy effort had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2014-read
Fun fantasy with a girl as the hero!! Then it turned dark & scary. NOT for the lower age range-very intense with monsters and evil people chasing the kids. The parrot is a fantastic idea and the message of the book to take care of the Earth is great. I liked the writing style and the characters are well-developed and very believable. For older kids and adults, this is a thrill ride into a mystical world of talking animals and kids rising to the occasion to save the world. Well done, just not ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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After her mother passes away, twelve year-old Samantha finds solace in her regular visits to the Endless Pet Store where she talks to a Congo African Gray Parrot named Charlie. Her life forever changes when, to her surprise, Charlie talks back and asks her to bust him out of the pet store explaining that he is a methuselah – a thousand year old magical creature being held captive by the evil pet store owner, Magnar. When Sam
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
A classic good vs. evil story, WhipEye bursts out of the gate with wall-to-wall action and adventure, introducing characters and setting the stage along the way. Author Geoffrey Saign puts an original spin on the tried-and-true epic battle for the future of the planet genre; a storyline packed with a constellation of wild animals, mythical beings, and a smart-aleck parrot. Twelve-year-old protagonists Samantha and Jake, along with team-mate, mentor, and loquacious parrot Charlie put themselves, ...more
Naznin Azeez
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book’s cover is very attractive!. Even before reading the summary, I wanted to read this book. The magical staff called the WhipEye has many animals carved on to it and I quite liked that idea. It’s visualized beautifully on the cover.

Samantha a.k.a Sam, the protagonist of this story, is sad over her mother’s death and finds solace in the company of a talking parrot, Charlie, in a pet store. However, one day when the parrot asks her to help break him out of the store and thus from the holds
Jemima Pett
This, in my view, is probably the most disappointing book I’ve read this year. I was really excited by the blurb, which is as well written as the book itself. It is extremely well written, full of colour, vivid description, a tortuous plot, and plenty of tension. But there is a section in it which I found disturbingly horrific.

We meet Sam, who is grieving for her mother, as is her father, and their relationship has basically broken down as they simply cannot talk to each other about their grief.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
WhipEye is an imaginative and adventuresome tale about a young girl's quest to save the life of her best friend, a thousand year old parrot named Charlie, from an evil villain known as Magnar.

After the death of her mom last year, Sam has become withdrawn. Her father rarely speaks to her, she no longer has any friends, and spends most of her time in her room. Her only escape seems to be the animals in their rescue shelter and an enchanted parrot who lives in a pet store. Feeling down, she visits
Amy Miller
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story takes you on a great journey. Talking creatures, traveling to a different world, saving the world. Wow. Samantha goes to her local pet store on her birthday to talk to her favorite bird a Parrot by the name of Charlie who to her shock talks back today. On this day little did she know her life was going to change . Charlie ask for her help to escape the evil pet store owner, he is going to kill Charlie if she doesn't. Running as fast as she can with Magnar on her heels. When she gets ...more
Brittany T
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With two strong, well-rounded protagonists, a wise-cracking parrot, a magical staff and an apocalyptic threat, "WhipEye" is the best children's fantasy/adventure book this side of the Percy Jackson series.

WhipEye tells the story of Samantha, a 12 year old girl who helps her father take care of animals. One day, she visits her friend Charlie, a parrot, in a pet store only to discover that he is a thousand year old being charged with guarding the Earth. Vowing to protect Charlie from an ominous
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
WhipEye starts off at a very fast pace and keeps you going from beginning till end. Sam is a girl who is in love with animals. She is a walking animal thesaurus so to speak. She loves visiting Charlie a talking Parrot and rescues him from living in a cage for the rest of his life. Little did she know that by rescuing Charlie a whole mess of events bigger then the world we know would unravel. The Store owner Magnar is an evil man seeking power and wanting Charlie just for that purpose.

Jake is a
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
WhipEye is a middle-grade adventure story about 12-year-old animal lover Samantha and the magical parrot she rescues from a pet store. Some people might call it stealing, as she absconds with the parrot without the pet store owner's permission, but since Charlie the parrot (who happens to be one thousand years old) specifically asked Samantha to help him escape, it's much more a rescue than a theft. The rest of the book details Samantha's efforts to keep Charlie safe with help from her neighbor ...more
Susan Day
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Geoffrey Saign

This is a very interesting book. It begins harmlessly enough with a young girl, Sam, trying to sneak into a pet store to visit an African Grey parrot. His name is Charlie and for one year he has been a great listener and the keeper of her secrets. The shopkeeper doesn’t approve of Sam’s visit and seems a little bit too protective of the parrot. Pretty soon we discover that he is a very nasty piece of work and our young heroine is justifiably frightened of him.

Young Sam finds
William Bentrim
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
WhipEye by Geoffrey Saign

Animal rights, loss, depression and adventure feed the plot of this story. WhipEye is a staff of power or is it merely a manifestation of a young girls power and love of animals. Sam mourns the loss of her mother and finds herself in a struggle that threatens the fabric of her world.

The author does a nice job on showing a coming of age of a couple of kids while helping Samantha learn how to cope with her loss and recognize the loss her father is also harboring.

Mary Hartshorn
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don’t usually read this genre, but wanted something more from the usual books I read which is urban fantasy/romance. Big difference I know but I wanted to try WhipEye anyways.

Mr. Saign does not disappoint you by embellishing a fast paced story only to have a disappointing ending. From the moment he introduces Sam, then Charlie and each consecutive character, the adventure gets more intense. Sam is a young girl reeling from her mother’s death a year later, while Jake is a lonely boy trying to
Angela Burkhead
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
WhipEye is a fast pace adventure, unpredictable from start to finish, pulling us between worlds and their impending doom. From magical creatures to ancient evil, the young Sam and her friend Jake must battle alongside Charlie, the final methuselah, to prove the Earth realm is worth saving.

This middle grade fantasy touches on friendship, honesty, righteousness, and overcoming tragedy. A very relatable story for kids today, a young girl grieving over the loss of her mother and the severe change
Shawn Deal
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, first-reads
Samanthhas been struggling ever since his mom died a year ago. Her, father who can barely speak to her now, can't help because he is to morose after her death. She seeks solice in Charlie a Parrot that mimics her words, until one day when he doesn't and asks her to free him for he is certainly to die the next day. This starts a whirlwind of adventure for Samatha that will last the next twenty-four hours and take her to places she never imagained. Filled with wonder and charm, this fast paced ...more
Helen Yeomans
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of an unhappy girl befriended by an unusual parrot, this first installment in the Whip Eye Chronicles moves at breakneck speed. Samantha Green and her neighbor Jake try to keep their friend Charlie out of the clutches of the villainous Magnar. Sam is still grieving the loss of her mother a year ago. Estranged from her father, she gradually comes to trust Jake as their adventures first strain then strengthen their friendship. This for me was the most satisfying aspect of the story. I ...more
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I hadn't really read this sort of book since I was younger so I wasn't sure how I was going to like the whole fantasy thing, turns out I love it! This book was really well written and had an action packed plot. There were so many emotional spots and parts. The characters were incredibly well written! It was just a fantastic little book. There's a few times when you don't know if a character is a good person or a bad person, which ...more
Oh My Bookness
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
WhipEye is a well rounded story that will keep you immersed until the end. A story that captivates the reader until the very end. Details that keep the readers attention, a flowing transition from one scene to the next with ease.

From the beginning its action packed adventure that leads into a wild journey to save two worlds. Without missing a beat the author is able to clearly define the individual characters and flesh out the details along the way. A wonderfully written fantasy novel that will
Lenita Sheridan
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you start reading Geoffrey Saign's book WhipEye don't put it down in favor of another book. It is well worth the read. One chapter toward the end was so emotionally charged it brought tears to my eyes. Geoffrey Saign really knows his animals and his love for them is imparted in this book. WhipEye is very well written and also quite creative and imaginative. The idea of a magical staff which has animals on it is unique. WhipEye is an excellent book suitable for middle grade through adults. I ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is full of action and the relationship between the characters is wonderful. I did have some issues with the heavy-handedness of the message. "Be nice to animals" is a wonderful thing to teach children, but I think it could have been a little less forceful and it would have still come across well.
The danger to the children was quite serious and the parents' concern for them was realistic. In many books where children go on adventures I feel like the parents don't seem very concerned
Meg Dendler
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I give this 4 stars because it is well written and I imagine kid's would enjoy it -- not because I particularly did. The use of the present tense was very disconcerting to me, but that's just a personal preference. The whole book is basically one long chase scene with magical monsters and magical worlds breaking into our own. My guess would be that tweenage and YA boys would enjoy this very much.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have received a complimentary copy of this book.

Fantasy and magic at its finest. The author did an amazing job of creating a world and inserting interesting and fun characters. The kids enjoyed this one and can not wait to read more by Geoffrey. If you have a taste for adventure with a magical twist check this book out!
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very well conceived YA book, and pleasurable for all ages for a light read. The characters are well thought out and the plotline keeps you engaged and always wondering what is going to happen next.
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Award-winning author Geoffrey Saign has spent many years studying kung fu and sailed all over the South Pacific and Caribbean. He uses that experience and sense of adventure to write the Jack Steel and Alex Sight thriller action series.

Geoff’s love of wildlife led him to write the award-winning fantasy series, Magical Beasts. He is also the author of a stress reduction book, and Green Essentials

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Sam Green and the WhipEye Great Ones (3 books)
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