Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Sarah S. at Abundane of Books Blog has given a wonderful review on Wanderland. Abundance of Books is a marvelous blogsite that does author interviews and reviews. Please take the time to visit the site, I'm sure you will enjoy the visit.
I don't know why I don't read more historical fiction; I always end up loving every historical YA I read. And Wanderland was no exception.
This is the perfect young boy adventure story. There are pirates, wizards, battles on the high seas, and treasure hunts. The novel was fast-paced, action-packed, and fun. Chen's adventures are exciting, but not so far-fetched that they are unbelievable. My pirate-loving nephew would totally be in to this story. Robert created the right mix of self-discovery and adventure for young boys. Chen is an excellent role model as well. He isn't perfect and struggles to find his place, but in the end he figures out who he is and is able to save the day.
Robert did an excellent job of making you feel like you were sailing the seas with a crew from the Ming Dynasty. Not only did it feel historically accurate, but also cultural accurate -- which is so very important in historical fiction. Nothing felt out of place; the dialog even felt historically correct (although I have no idea how a boy from the Ming Dynasty would speak).
Overall it was a fun read that I think would be a perfect book for young reluctant reader boys.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Please join me at blog Abundance of Books at http://abundanceofbooks.blogspot.com
on April 20th to view my interview with Sarah Schmalzer about my novel Wanderland. Abundance of Books is the first stop on what I hope to be a fun blog tour.
On Friday April 29th, I will be at Gavin South JHS in Ingleside IL. I will be talking to the students about the importance of reading the classics and previewing my newest release The Fifth Codex, due out at booksellers on May 17th.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I'm very proud to announce that, The Fifth Codex has just been accepted by the Sylvan Book Adventure program. It will join The Wee Musketeers which is already in the program.