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Tokens and Omens

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4.48  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In Puck's Gulch, sixteen-year-olds undergo a dangerous trial known as the Quest. During a time of magic, Fate hands out tokens and omens based on their behavior. Zander trusts Fate. Alexa only trusts herself. Now, Fate has given them each a special gift—Zander sees secrets he doesn’t want, and Alexa's thrilled to find she can control events through her embroidery scenes. A ...more
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Published July 19th 2016 by Jolly Fish Press
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Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
TOKENS AND OMENS by Jeri Baird is the first book in an exciting new adventure fantasy series filled with secrets, challenges, and a quest for survival.

The sixteen-year-olds in a rural village spend months preparing for a dangerous “rite-of-passage” known as “The Quest”. During this time, they receive tokens and omens based on their behavior. Although the quest is intended to test individuals, the teens soon discover that Fate may have something else in mind that has implications for the entire v
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The next great series for young adult readers

Tokens and Omens is based on a unique and interesting premise. It will appeal to tween readers as they journey along with the characters in a quest of self discovery. Excellent themes to unpack in a classroom setting or a perfect book to just curl up with when you want to get lost in a great story.
Token and Omens has a unique fantasy story - of a village where all the teens undergo a rite of passage at the age of 16, where they are determined, by the personification of fate Moira, to be worthy of a continued life or not. The plot takes us, through the mind of Axela and Zander, as they undergo the long 6-month preparation for their Quests; the preparation includes a time of magic in which their good and bad deeds/thoughts earn them tokens and omens, respectively, which signify what they wi ...more
Cynthia Reeg
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read the prologue for this YA fantasy, I knew that I was in for a memorable adventure.

“I am called by many names. Destiny, Fate, Fortune; however
I prefer Moira, for it sounds as if I have a heart. I do not.”

I also like that the story is told from dual points of view, Zander—a sixteen-year-old boy who too often hunts on the elders’ forbidden lands for pelts to aid his drunken father’s business. And Alexa—the sixteen-year-old daughter of a baker who vows to do better for herself t
Elsie Park
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Young Adult fantasy TOKENS AND OMENS by Jeri Baird introduces an intriguing societal concept where 16-year-olds in “their time of magic” can earn tokens for their good deeds and omens for their bad as they prepare for a solemn trial that could possibly end in their deaths. There is something significant for all mankind in that we reap what we sow and are always better off doing as much good in the world as we can.

TOKENS AND OMENS is a story holding lessons about the dangers of envy, pride,
Robin Korb
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author of Tokens and Omens has created a wonderful coming of age story set in a world reminiscent of medieval times. The small hamlet of Puck's Gulch is described in beautiful detail as are the characters. Ms. Baird has done a masterful job of interweaving the journeys of Zander and Alexa as they prepare for their Quest. This ritual is a test of all the sixteen-year-olds in the village given by the all seeing, all knowing Fate, who goes by the name Moira. She can not be cheated.

During their
Dawn Olert
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

What a find, the 2016 fantasy book, Tokens and Omens , by Jeri Baird, has driven this years high school curriculum course in Social Skills. The group, made up of mid-adolescent boys, look forward to daily reading about Zander, one of the protagonists, who like them, undergoes identity crisis in a journey quest while striving to crystallize understanding of himself and other allies in discovering the meaning of “Puck’s Gulch” and the challenge to stay alive.
Students lead discussion groups on the
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cm I love the book Tokens & Omens by Jeri Baird because it’s about fantasy, set in medieval times. The characters are on a quest to earn tokens for good deeds like helping others, but they also earn omens for behaviors such as greed. I personally like this book because it helps me reflect on my own struggles with friends and typical adolescent problems in every day survival. Like Zander, if we don’t give up then in the end we can get through tough times and decisions. I ...more
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a high school student, our class has read Tokens and Omens, a book written by Jeri Baird, is a fantasy story of magic and dreams. The main characters are Zander and Alexa, who are on a journey to survive a quest that challenges their lives at every turn. This book is very interesting, because you will learn by your mistakes just by reading this book. It may teach you right from wrong. I recommend this book because its such an interesting read. Zander will try his best to survive on the ques ...more
Brandon Stevenson
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was a delightful experience. I thoroughly enjoyed Tokens And Omens by Jeri Baird, from the beginning to the point I am at now. (Since I have not finished it yet.) The blend of fantasy and realism is perfect, It’s great to find a book like this that hasn’t even been published yet! I give this book five stars mostly for it’s creative plot and amazing cast. But also because it was interesting enough to keep my attention. This book also has a blend of a funny tone but serious at th ...more
Tina Brockett
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Zander and Alexa are in their year of magic. During this time, they earn tokens for good deeds and omens for bad, which during the quest that all 16 year olds must complete, manifest into live threats. I fell in love with Zander immediately, he has a heart of gold. Alexa is a strong female character, and by the end of the story, she’d won my heart also.

Zander and Alexa make some bad choices, earning several omens that stack the odds horribly against them in the quest. Trying
Debra Daugherty
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From beginning to end, this book held me enthralled. Thirteen teens prepare for a quest to determine their destinies. Would Fate deem they live or die? Once the teens were in the woods, fighting their omens with tokens, as well as their inner conflicts and fears, I couldn't stop reading, even though it meant I'd get no sleep. I had to know if they survived. The writing drew me in with vivid descriptions. I felt like I was there, as an eye witness to the events unfolding. I can't wait for the nex ...more
Alfred Foster
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the book Tokens and Omens written by: Jeri Baird, the book, written in Medieval time era and is filled with magic. The main characters are Alexa and Zander. Zander struggles with peer pressure and trusting adults /other peers. This book is good for vocabulary building . It helps a lot with word that are hard to read them and then u get help and u get used to the words that u have trouble with. I was given a free book for an honest review
Tokens and Omens is an amazing read that keeps you interested from beginning to end! I was so enamored with ALL the characters that the ending came all too soon! Jeri did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life and leaving the reader wanting more! A must read for ANY age.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Could not put this book down! Great YA read, I loved the characters and the story.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in Puck’s Gulch, in a country that aimed (but failed) to have all tribes equal, the 16 year-olds in the village must undergo a quest to discover their talents and future place in the community. Leading up to the trial the teenagers are trained and Fate is a constant presence, handing out Tokens for good deeds and Omens for wrongdoings. Even with their unique magical gifts, Fate seems determined to stop them from completing their dangerous rite of passage—can they break the rules and cheat Fa ...more
Dan Allen
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once a year, all sixteen-year-olds from the village enter the forest to discover their fate. In The Quest, the tokens and omens of their past deeds are manifest as living dangers and magical powers. "Tokens and Omens" is a masterfully crafted tale exploring the decisions of Alexa and Zander as they enter a mystical time in their life, when fate manifests every deed, good or bad, as a protective token or a dangerous omen which they must face, before their fates are determined.

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Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fantasy book with a unique concept, unlike any other fantasy I've read before, which was a pleasant surprise. The characters were enjoyable to read about, and the setting and plot were interesting. The pace of the book moved well. There were a few things that happened kind of abruptly--the relationship between two major characters changes quite rapidly and abruptly, for example, in a way that didn't seem so believable--but overall, it was an enjoyable and fast read. I wanted to get ri ...more
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Jeri Baird has worked as a handmade paper artist, an entrepreneurship teacher for at-risk high school students, a reflexologist, a rock painter, and a zombie (in a film, not a real one).

Jeri now lives on the Western Slope of Colorado with her husband and one cat, who both make her laugh. When she’s not writing, she enjoys kayaking, the scenery from the back of her husband’s motorcycle, and of cou

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