Review

“A deftly crafted and thoroughly fun read … especially and unreservedly recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library Fantasy Fiction collections.” —MBR Midwest Book Review

Characters

Samo, Revolutionary Leader

Samo raised a threatening fist. Smoke rose from Try-el’s nostrils as he said, “You’ve just proved my point.” Excerpt from the Caves of Wonder

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Exploring Classic Tropes in Children’s Literature: Balancing Cliches and Creativity

Children’s literature has long captivated readers with its timeless stories, unforgettable characters, and magical worlds. Within these narratives, we often encounter classic tropes – recurring themes or motifs that have become familiar over time.

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The Xami, Guardians of Sericea

The hoofbeats stopped. There was some heavy breathing but no sounds of alarm.“Dee? Come out from those bushes. You called us.” A familiar voice that resonated like an oboe rang out.

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Becoming a Warrior

“No, no, no,” Samo was saying as Dee came around the side of Samo’s cart thirty minutes later. “You must bring your arm forward like you’re throwing a ball as hard as you can.”

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Enter a Dragon

“A loud pop filled the air and the horse shied. Lucy stared into the astonished face of a dragon, dominated by a pair of bushy eyebrows over large eyes swirling with jewel tones.

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Baiku, The White Tiger of the West

“Wait!” Dee held an arm out to prevent Yidi from descending the staircase. “What are we up against here, really? Is it a man or a beast? If it’s an actual tiger, is this wise? Will it be friendly?”

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Shuka, the Vermillion Bird of the South

Shuka is a demi-goddess also known as the Vermillion Bird of the South. In her animal form she’s a firebird. In her human form, she is small and lithe, and moves as if gravity is just a suggestion.

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Leadership is Hard

When we first meet Yidi in The Silk Road he’s a royal pain in the backside – an entitled pipsqueak who relies on his power to have someone executed with a snap of his fingers to get his own way.

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The Ancient Art of Fire Magic

“Encouraged by her first small success, Lucy cupped her hands and summoned a ball of fire. It appeared as a flickering ball of light and squirmed excitedly in her hands.”

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Five Fun Facts about the Lucy & Dee Series

The Lucy & Dee series required dozens of inspirations and decisions, large and small. Many involved extensive research which I absolutely loved. Although it’s easy to go down a rabbit hole only to emerge hours later!

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