Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
One of the joys of being part of the indie community is the chance to review books before they hit the market. A few weeks ago I hit jackpot when Paul Hewlett dropped by and mentioned a new "Lionel" adventure was near publication, and would I care for a sneak peek? I'm a massive fan of Lionel, so naturally said heck, yes!
Writing for children is sometimes perceived as easy, but in reality, it's the hardest genre of all to get right. An author has to consider reading difficulty and so choose age appropriate language while still ensuring that the story flows, entertains, and allows the young reader to experience events through the main character's eyes. It helps when that character isn't a complete goodie two shoes, and sometimes gets things wrong - and that's Lionel! My one regret when reading this book was that I don't actually have a young reader to share Lionel's adventures. For even younger readers, Lionel's adventures make fabulous read-outloud bedtime stories. Each title has a continuous story arc, yet each chapter has it's own adventure.
Perfect for bedtime reading!
If there's any young readers in your life, and you'd like a review copy, just tweet to Paul on Twitter, or visit his website.
Full details of Lionel's latest adventures see below.
Lionel Goes to Camp
Lionel is dying to go to summer camp to try to learn more about his dad. But did his mom even sign him up, or is the joke on him waiting for a letter that will never come? Lionel has never met his dad, and his mom never talks about him, but Lionel’s magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot has him convinced the answers are at Camp Bonine.
Lionel does get his letter during a disastrous trip to the Post Office; he’s going to camp! His excitement for camp is quickly doused when he learns he’s rooming with the biggest bully in school—Tad Winters. After being tripped, pranked, and set up by Tad, Lionel finds himself stuck doing dishes with Martha the kitchen lady. Lionel finally gets his chance to get even when the day of the big scavenger hunt arrives. The boy and girl winners get to spend the day at Lake Yellowhorn .
Will Carrie win for the girls? Will Lionel beat Tad and get to go with her? Lionel will have to endure Martha, wander through the desert in the old west, find his way through the woods, escape bad guys, and collect all the items before everyone else if he wants a chance to spend the day with Carrie at Lake Yellowhorn, survive summer camp, and find out the mystery of his dad. Luckily, Lionel has his magical charm to help him out, or will it land Lionel in a mess-and-a-half he can’t get out of?
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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