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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Aunt May's funeral was strange, but things get stranger when fourteen-year-old Allie Thomas encounters Pettikin Periwinkle, a gnome with a love of sweets and a penchant for screaming, who is stranded on Earth after the death of its only Gatekeeper. To get Pettikin home, Allie must enlist the help of a powerful, yet unconventional, Guardian and prove to him that she has wha ...more
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Softlight Press LLC
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Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Finally a well-written fantasy without all the heavy, violent darkness that is flooding the minds of young (and old) adults these days! Pettikin offers wholesome, pure and timeless tales of courage, true love and personal evolution in a fresh and engaging way. Intriguing for adults, inspiring and empowering for teens. It’s a great book that makes me laugh or cry and this book did both. I couldn’t put it down and really hope there is at least a sequel, and better yet a series!
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Y.A. is not my favorite genre, that said, I really enjoyed this book. I want to encourage the author to continue writing.
Jessica Zultanky
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the author as part of Goodreads Giveaways. This is my honest opinion.

Pettikin is such a magically unique book. The characters like Mrs. Widget, Bob, and Professor Theopolus, are colorfully painted. Especially Pettikin the gnome. I came to love his quirky behaviors and compassionate heart. The worlds are crafted so beautifully that they felt real even though they were fantastical. I loved this book so much. The only reason I docked a star is because the
Amy Henderson
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book. It may every one of my reader expectations. If there was a sequel I would gladly read it. There were a few things but at least she didn't let out a breath she didn't realize she was holding. The world sounds awesome and I would love to explore it more.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

FABULOUS!!!! Even if you don't read YA books you want to read this story. It is as fun as reading the first Harry Potter books. The world created is enticing, drawing you in, keeping you engaged until the story is done. The potential for more stories are there -- can't wait to see what this author does next!!!
Emmeline Joy
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun read. It's like Stargate meets gnomes. It's well written, I could tell the author made a huge effort to edit content to make it easy to read for her audiences - something you don't always see in small- and self-published reads. Good clean fun.
Jo Awalt
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
It was good.

I am an older reader and I sometimes likes to read teen books. This one is a little more middle school but a nice new concept. This lead character can really grow with the story. I think this a nice start.
Michel Gallegos
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an adorable book. I loved Pettikin and the two girls. The llamas are llamas but they are a big part of the book. Well written and enjoyable. Now time to buy the next book.
Cherisa B
May 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Some science but too much exegesis, too much American teenager (not in a good way).
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Abby Smith spins a wonderful story full of adventure. It includes gateways, guardians and an adorable little gnome. It took me longer to read than expected because of the small type.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was a thoroughly enjoyable book, suitable for adults and children alike. A well put together fantasy.
Rebecca Anderson
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

Enjoyed storytelling skills. Charming characters I would like to read more about them. Scary parts just right . Keep writing Abby Smith.
Troy Martin
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely loved this book. I'm so happy that I won it!! Pettikin is so adorable! I really hope there will be a sequel with him someday!
Brent J Peasnall
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good read.

This book was a lot of fun to read very exciting held my interest very good highly recommend this book
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book free for a honest review. I usually like adult books, still this is a very enjoyable read.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book it was so funny. Pettikin is such a cute gnome you love him right when they meet him. So get a box of cookies and get ready for a fun story.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This was so much fun to read. Great characters and interesting world building. Kids of all ages will enjoy it.
aaliyah Rafeeq
Great book for kids!! Great plot!!
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the creativity of this book! I feel like I really got to know Pettikin! This was a delightful, light-hearted, post Christmas read!
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Read

This book kept me engaged from the moment I opened it. In what world do Alpacas, Gnomes and Guardians exist together? Danger, love, philosophy all together in one great package. I recommend it.
Lily Holliday
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a charming mix of fantasy and reality. Abby Smith captures the voice of an American 14 year old girl beautifully while telling a story involving a captivating gnome, other worlds, and the bravery of a girl willing to explore them. Even if Abby were not a friend, I would still recommend it highly!
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I read it to my 2 kids, girl aged 11 and boy aged 8. I'm not sure who loved it the most. It's a fantasy book geared toward middle grade readers, but with universal themes that make it appealing to all ages. It's a hilarious book with tons of heart that manages to be instructive without ever being didactic. I highly recommend it.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book - great fantasy!

This was an excellent book, great weaving of fantasy world with earth. Good characters. Hated for it to end! Read it on Kindle Unlimited and then bought the Kindle version as this is a book I want to keep.
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