Children of Angels: Book One of the New Nephilim Series

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Overview

Gold Medal winner, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Young Adult Fiction/Religion category

Honorable Mention in the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival Contest!

“Not my iPod!” Jeremy Lapoint's day plunges to record lows when Sid Lundahl and his crew stomp the only nice thing he owns—and Jeremy gets in trouble for fighting. With Dad in prison and Mom struggling to scrape by, Jeremy's life seems hopeless.

Until he has this urge to … fly.

One leap and Jeremy soars through the air. With this and his other new-found powers, life is suddenly amazing, wonderful. Until a real-live demon chases him through the school hallways, terrifying him and making him a freak to his schoolmates. He's the only one who can see the monster. Jeremy wonders if the flying thing's worth it.

But during the chase, Asiel, Jeremy's guardian angel, wields his sword and battles off the demon. Later Asiel explains that Jeremy's a Nephilim: half human and half angel. Jeremy's shocked. His quest to uncover how he got like this sends him to the Higher Humanity Institute where he meets other Nephilim like him along with a slew of enemies—both human and … not.

In the midst of his strange and dangerous struggles, Jeremy also receives the peace and love he's always longed for but never knew. When called to lead an angelic battle for the truth, will Jeremy cling to the One who can win the war or let his old doubts and fears overtake him?

Fun, danger, friendship, mystery, and faith—along with awesome angels and demons—fill the pages of this exciting book. A must-read for kids (and grownups) craving adventure with a life-changing message.

“To the Lord of Hosts!”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606152164
  • Publisher: WinePress Publishing WA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Dahlstrom is the author of the Good News Club, a six-book fiction series for tweens and teens. As a screenwriter, Kathryn was named a quarter-finalist in the American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest and subsequently had that script, a Western biopic, optioned by a film company. Her current production team is on the verge of filming a live-action family fantasy.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    Ever since his father went to prison and his family had to move

    Ever since his father went to prison and his family had to move into a smaller apartment Jeremy had been suffering at the hands of some pretty nasty bullies. My favorite thing about Jeremy is that even though he is constantly bullied and put down (being called “son of the Sleezeball”) he never loses his innocence. He still remains the loveable kid he started off as. He doesn’t get angry just annoyed. Even when Jeremy finds out he is part Nephilim he doesn’t have this egotistical air about him. What kid doesn’t dream about having super strength, becoming invisible, being able to walk through walls and fly? Jeremy can do them all at once and more. This book is sure to capture the attention of the reader. It is well-written, with fast-moving plots and memorable characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

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    The action was crisp, it moved at a good pace and the handling o

    The action was crisp, it moved at a good pace and the handling of the religious theme, was quite good without being overpowering. For a teenager, Jeremy is a strong character. He is well developed, as are all the characters, with all the flaws and quirks necessary to make him become real. He has a very strong sense of self and loyalty. With that being said I think the best audience for this particular book would be an 8-10year old age bracket. I really can’t see an older child enjoying this book. I do have to mention reading this book was a refreshing change from the vampire/werewolf novels that have taken over the shelves lately.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

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    Reviewed by Mina Rivera for Readers Favorite The reason why I c

    Reviewed by Mina Rivera for Readers Favorite

    The reason why I chose "Children of Angels" to read was that it is about angels and it is directed toward young adults. I felt that it was a promising book given that today's youth are so focused on violence. "Children of Angels" is about a young boy named Jeremy, constantly bullied and never really fitting in anywhere he goes. He suddenly discovers that he is half angel with hidden powers like the ability to fly. His life changes when he discovers that he is not alone and that there is a school for children who could fly like him. Convinced that this is the school for him, Jeremy urges his mom to accept the invitation for him to study at that school. His real troubles start at the school, when demons begin to taunt him, demons he alone can see.

    I loved "Children of Angels" by Kathryn Dahlstrom in this first installment of the 'Children of Angels series'. This is because it clearly teaches the reader that each of us is special in our own way and that we have a place in this world. It also teaches us that there is a God who loves us and who has a plan for us. It proves that even though we are not getting our wishes and prayers answered now, we should rest assured that He has heard it and that we should trust that He will be giving us what we prayed for in His proper time. All we need to do is believe. This is a great Christian book for young adults as it teaches us to be ourselves.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

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    Kathryn Dahlstrom in her new book ¿Children of Angels¿ Book One

    Kathryn Dahlstrom in her new book “Children of Angels” Book One in the New Nephilim series published by WinePress Publishing brings us into the life of Jeremy Lapoint.

    From the back cover: “Not my iPod ” yells Jeremy Lapoint as his day plunges to record lows when Sid Lundahl and his crew stomp on the only nice thing he owns, and Jeremy gets in trouble for fighting. With Dad in prison and Mom struggling to scrape by, Jeremy’s life seems hopeless.

    Until he has this urge to…fly.

    One leap and Jeremy soars through the air: with this and other newfound powers, life is suddenly amazing and wonderful–until–a real-live demon chases him through the school hallways, terrifying him, and making him a freak to his schoolmates. Because Jeremy is the only one who can see the monster, he wonders if being able to fly is worth it.

    As Jeremy tries to fight off demons, he is relieved to get help from Asiel, his guardian angel, who wields his sword and fiercely comes to his defense. Asiel explains that Jeremy is a Nephilim-half human and half angel. After his initial shock, Jeremy’s quest to uncover how he got like this sends him to the Higher Humanity Institute where he meets other Nephilim like him along with a slew of friends and enemies-both human and not.

    In the midst of his strange and dangerous struggles, Jeremy also receives the peace and love he has always longed for but never knew. When called to lead an angelic battle for the truth, Jeremy must decide whether or not he will cling to the One who can win the war or let his old doubts and fears overtake him.

    Fun, danger, friendship, mystery, and faith fill the pages of this exciting book about angels and demons. This is a must-read for kids (and grownups) craving adventure with a life-changing message.

    “To the Lord of Hosts!”

    In the Bible the nephilim are what cause the tainting of the blood supply so that God has to cause the flood to wipe them away leaving only Noah and his family to begin again. Kathryn Dahlstrom has a fresh take on the nephilim when she asks what if they exist today and they had children? Ms. Dahlstrom understands about spiritual warfare and communicates it very well in the pages of this book. ”Children of Angels” is a great way to encourage your children’s faith to come alive as this book is filled with spiritual battles with a decision to be made regarding God and His position. Jeremy is learning on the job and only God is going to see him through to the end. This is great fun, filled with truth told in a convincing manner. I liked this book and am already looking forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

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    Children of Angels

    You begin this book by feeling sorry for poor Jeremy Lapoint, his young life has taken a downward spiral. They are living in poverty, and his Dad is in prison for robbery. He is also being bullied by Sid and his gang, one destroying his new ipod.
    He is so devastated, and angry....and surprises himself and jumps so high, from this he begins to fly. He goes back to school, and is now able to see real demons. When he avoids one, everyone sees him flying. Not good, now he has made the news. Things are going from bad to worse at school, and when an offer comes to go to The Higher Humanity Institute he sees this as an answer.
    What a great story for young teens to read, good over evil. We meet Jeremy's guardian angel, Asiel. You be turning the pages to see how the battles are going to come out. Who is going to be injured and die. We learn about Nephilim's, part Angel and part human. He makes new friends, and enemies...don't miss this great read.

    I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    Children of Angels: Book One of the New Nephilim Series by Kath

    Children of Angels: Book One of the New Nephilim Series by

    Kathryn Dahlstrom is a new fiction fantasy novel for young pre-teen readers. The book tells the story of a lonely, misunderstood teenaged boy named Jeremy Lapoint. I believe many young readers will be able to relate to the less than ideal circumstances of the main hero. This story seems to be a hybrid of a super hero styled action story and fantasy rolled into one. Typically of many superhero or teenaged novels, the young hero- Jeremy's life seems to be plagued with an incredible amount of bad luck- being raised by his mom while his dad is in prison as he suffers daily humilation and bullying in middle school. Then, by chance, one day he miraculously learns that he is actually part angel, more specifically, a Nephilim and that he has special abilities such as the ability to fly. It seems as it is a dream come true- and in fact many middleschoolers with less than ideal lives perhaps entertain fantasies of having unique superhero like powers as well. He encounters angels and demons alike and his life gains new importance.

    There are some stereotypical elements to this story: such as the depiction of the handsome, young, blond angelic looking angel- a typical presentation of what the media portrays angels to be and the evil demon. The sterotypical bully and lonely misunderstood hero is also included. The inclusion of pop-culture, such as the ever popular ipod and other memorable details are also included. The epic battle of evil vs good is portrayed as Jeremy tries to fight off demons, with the help from Asiel, his guardian angel.




    It is interesting to note that the old testament reference to the Nephilim in Genesis, refers to an extinct race of evil hybrids who are the product of the union between fallen angels that rebelled against God who took women as their wives in direct opposition to God. The Nephilim are depicted as giant bullies ironically. Therefore it appears off that the author re-created the Nephilim portraying them as a noble, and dying breed with a biblical and spiritual purpse. In fact, the last of the corrupt Nephilim race died out in the ancient flood- they were considered an abomination- and not something to be revered or idolized. While it is interesting to draw upon the ancient stories of the bible- they bear no resemblance to the actual depiction in the bible's version. Perhaps this may serve as a spring board to capture the interest of a young reader to actually read or learn more about the bible.

    The actual cover is reminiscent of computer game animation- in fact it looks like the cover of the art one would expect of a computer game. For some reader, especially boys- this will add to the appeal. My 11 year old daughter who commented on the cover itself just found it a little odd. Keep in mind this book is the first in a new series. While some readers enjoy books that are part of a series, others may see it as a drawback. As a blogger I recieved this book from Winepress publishers for the purpose of writing this review.





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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    Angels, Fantasy Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 14) for Reader View

    Angels, Fantasy

    Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 14) for Reader Views (6/12)

    “Children of Angels” by Kathryn Dahlstrom is the story of Jeremy Lapoint, a 7th grader who is suddenly thrust into a world of angels and demons. After miraculously discovering that he could fly and that he had a guardian angel, Jeremy received an invitation from the Higher Humanity Institute (HHI) to join their program for superhumanly gifted kids. But after some exploring, Jeremy learned that the HHI was not all as it seemed. The HHI was infested with demons that wished to exploit the kids there. Will Jeremy be able to save everyone, or will they be overcome?

    The book threw me into the story with little background information. I didn’t know anything about what the villain would do if he was able to defeat the heroes. The only thing that classified him as a villain was that he was a demon (presumably with default evil intentions). While the overall storyline was entertaining, the plot wasn’t very developed and things seemed to happen a bit too quickly to be believable. For example, Jeremy managed to almost perfectly learn the art of sword craft in about 24-48 hours and almost single-handedly ward off a demon army. I liked Jeremy as a character, but things like this made him a little harder to relate to.

    The book’s message was about getting strength from believing in God. This message, though, sometimes seemed rather heavy-handed and repetitive, getting in the way of my full enjoyment of the book. When Jeremy’s faith in God became weak, his abilities also waned.

    I would recommend “Children of Angels” by Kathryn Dahlstrom to people who enjoy reading Christian-motivated fantasy books. There was a bit of action and a touch of science fiction. It was a moderately entertaining read and I finished it shortly after I got it.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Just discovered an interesting new series of books for middle sc

    Just discovered an interesting new series of books for middle school age children by author Kathryn Dahlstrom that was an great idea taken from the sixth chapter in Genesis and the thirteenth chapter in Numbers. It's about a race of created beings formed from angels and humans.

    In the first book in the Nephilim series, Children of Angels, finds Jeremy Lapoint, a resident of Anoka Middle School, in the midst of being bullied once more by a fellow student, Sid Lundahl and his friends. Not only do they taunt Jeremy with name calling but at one point an altercation ensures where the boys take Jeremy's backpack and dump out the items. His books, papers and reports fall to the ground which the boys stomp on and destroy. They even manage to ruin his iPod that his grandmother gave him for his birthday, breaking it in pieces.

    Jeremy has become the brunt of Sid's taunts ever since learning that Jeremy's dad is in prison for stealing. Now it seems it's Sid's mission to make Jeremy's life at school a living hell. That is, until Jeremy learns he can fly. Not only that but he is super strong, able to become invisible and can make it to where no one can hear him, thanks to the help and training of his own angel Asiel.

    Jeremy learns that he is a Nephilim, a cross between an angel and a human in which part of him wants to do good while the human half of him still struggles with his sin-filled nature:

    "Seek the truth at the proper time - and the One who gives it. The angel in your kind longs to serve Him. The human...has a fight on his hands. "(pg 23).

    Jeremy learns that there are 230 other teens like himself in Europe, Canada and America and it's important to learn his battle skills because he will be facing demons as one of the few that can see clearly into the spiritual realm. Feeling a bit more reassured, Jeremy finds himself being accepted to the Higher Humanity Institute for teens with unique abilities like his own. Only what he finds there isn't what he had expected at all. You'll have to pick this one up to learn what he finds and what happens to him.

    I received Children of Angels by Kathryn Dahlstrom compliments of WinePress Publishing for my honest review. I think this is an interesting twist in Christian fiction for young adults and can't wait to see where the rest of the books in this series. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and think it's the perfect book for kids who long for that Christian super hero novel.

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