Andrew awakens in a strange garden perched on the side of a mountain.
The boy can't remember who or where he is. But he does know that he has a task to do—and it's very important he complete it exactly the way he was instructed, no matter who—or what—tells him otherwise.
At every step of his quest. Andrew is faced with a choice: will he do what he knows he must, or will he take a shortcut? He will meet new friends, bitter enemies, and some who are a little of both as he discovers his story is at once stranger and more magical than he thought.
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Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Beowulf: A New Verse Rendering, Why Children Matter, and What I Learned in Narnia.
IMPRINT: Canonball Books
GENRE: Middle Grade (Grades 4-9)
AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson
HARDBACK ISBN-10: 1947644122
HARDBACK ISBN-13: 9781947644120
PAPERBACK ISBN-13: 9781944503482
PAPERBACK ISBN-10: 194450348X
PAGE COUNT: 188 pages
HARDBACK SIZE: 5.5x8.5"
PAPERBACK SIZE: 5.25x8"
PUB DATE: September 10, 2019
Quick read that is entertaining! Creative, but the storyline is a bit choppy. It had good Biblical truths, and morals that taught trust and responsibility needs to be earned.
I gave it 4 stars for the sound moral content, otherwise I'd have given it 3. The story really drags in the beginning. It took me till halfway through the book to start enjoying it. Its simply written and not very long so fortunately halfway came quickly. It was very hard for me to connect to the main character - he was pretty 2d. Ive read tons of good children's lit so maybe my expectations were too high. All this being said, towards the end of the book I was enjoying the story and when I finished the book I wanted to know what happened next. I read this aloud to my kids (10, 8, and 6) and though it took them a bit to get into it as well, they enjoyed it. I really appreciate how well this book presents truth.
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my four year old son. He absolutely loves it and is captivated by it. When we got to the end of each chapter he would ask, "Dad, can we read another chapter?" or exclaim "Dad, keep reading!" The theological and practical truths illustrated throughout the book make it a perfect book to read to your children. Parents will definitely benefit from it as well. Highly recommended.
Excellent book. I enjoyed the layering of metaphors. I love seeing my son understand some of the subtext and ask me questions about dragons. Are they real? Why do we have to fight them? Explaining to him that some metaphors are more real than the physical, and seeing his puzzled face is a reward in and of its self.
Overall without spoiling anything, I recommend the book. The struggle is described well with ups and downs, and an honest look into the heart of man. Also, my son loves the book.
I bought this to read through with our kids, Wilson is an excellent writer and the story is fantastic. There are some wonderful lessons to be read and explored with your children here!
This book was excellent. It is right up there with George Macdonald, John Bunyan, and C.S. Lewis. I really enjoyed it and I know my kids are going to love it.
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