Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Wee Musketeers

Get "Into" the Classics

It was early 1960's and there wasn't much else for three eleven year old boys to do in the
small town where they lived. Playing with wooden swords they would act out the novel, Bobby pretending to be Athos,
Fritzy, Porthos and Keith, Aramis. But since there was only three boys they had no D'Artagnan. How the boys longed for a D'Artagnan to complete their games. Little did they know that very book that inspired their games, the one Grandpa Max read to them often, was
indeed magic. Given to him by a mysterious old woman at a book sale. Bobby's Grandfather quickly discovered he could transport himself into the stories. Once Grandpa Max realized he had interfered with the plot, unwittingly getting Athos, Porthos and Aramis captured by the cardinals guards to keep them from helping D'Artagnan, he summons Bobby and his friends to help him repair the damage. If they fail every copy of The Three Musketeers would change forever.

Middle Reader: ages 8-13
ISBN: 978-0-9820812-5-9
Publication Date: March 2010
Author: Robert Bresloff
Illustrator: Daniel Ziembo


Imagine if Christopher Columbus was not the first navigator to reach the new world. What if the first travelers to the Americas were explorers from China’s Ming Dynasty? In the year 1421 a great armada set sail from the China Sea to discover the world.

When the army of the new emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Di had invaded neighboring Annam, Chen, a thirteen year old boy was saved by a mysterious old man as the invading Chinese destroyed his village and killed his family. The old man turned out to be, Master Waan, a Ship’s Wizard in the service of the great Chinese admiral Zheng He. Master Waan was on his way to meet the admiral’s fleet that was to set sail upon his arrival. Though Chen thought the old man odd, he knew that his only chance for survival was to accompany Master Waan to China.

As the wizard’s apprentice, Chen sailed with the fleet, a gigantic armada made up of great Chinese Treasure Ships in search of what Chen believed to be magical place referred to only as Wanderland. He soon learned that it was no coincidence Master Waan had appeared at the village just in time to save his life. It was Chen’s destiny to find, Wanderland.
Diversion Press
Release Date: April 2010