The Gnome Chroniclesby Donna M Waters
Once upon a summer...
When Holly and Drew's parents go to Ireland for the summer, they get sent to their grandparents' cottage in West Virginia. Grandpa has warned them - that they need to stay within certain boundaries while exploring the area. Children often fail to observe such warnings. One day, while investigating the creek by the cottage, the children happen… See more details below
Once upon a summer...
When Holly and Drew's parents go to Ireland for the summer, they get sent to their grandparents' cottage in West Virginia. Grandpa has warned them - that they need to stay within certain boundaries while exploring the area. Children often fail to observe such warnings. One day, while investigating the creek by the cottage, the children happen upon a gnome named Bracken. The gnome leads Holly and Drew on a merry chase, but they eventually become friends. Bracken tells them about his home; a magical realm, accessed through a portal in the crystal cave. Holly and Drew's grandparents (Elmer and Lottie O'Day) are the observers of this portal.
One day a gleaner, the evil servant of the druid (Dareg), wandered out of the portal and attacked Elmer and Lottie. The gleaner put a spell on them, casting them into a deep enchanted sleep. No one could awaken them. Bracken followed the gleaner back to his home realm (Upper-Earth). Once there, Bracken must discover what the gleaner is up to, so that he can restore Elmer and Lottie.
Drew follows Bracken through the crystal henge, where he finds himself in a strange realm filled with fairytale creatures and danger. The adventure is on... Drew is nearly drowned by a watershee, survives a dragon attack in the gnome cave and discovers some important magical artifacts.
Meanwhile, Dareg has released many of the dragons from their island sanctuary, and is transporting them to Middle-Earth. He plans to use the dragons to help him conquer mankind. Can Bracken and Drew stop him?
- Portal Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 0.60(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
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Bracken, a wise gnome, and a little boy named Drew must fight the evil druid, Dareg, to protect Middle-Earth from nasty minions and dragons. Along the way, they meet The Great Sorcerer and realize not all dragons are bad. Drew takes little steps to prepare for the oncoming battle, including training his pet griffon. But, if they are to win against Dareg, all races, including gnomes, fairies, and humans must unite. Full of mythological beasts and folklore, The Dragons of Middle-Earth is rich with imagination and humor. Every character is brimming with personality (even the bats and the dragons!). I especially liked the chapter where the Great Sorcerer raises the champion, Raland, and his griffon from the dead. His head foggy, Raland says, "Great one, you honor me: but I seem to be at a bit of a disadvantage." What a great understatement! I bet he was, being dead for several years! Although there is a lot of funny parts, there are also serious messages as well. My favorite line in the whole book is when Bracken says: "Being alone is better than being in the wrong place with the wrong people." It must be hard for him to be a gnome!
If you're looking for an adventurous fantasy book for your kids, look no further! The Dragons of Middle-Earth (Book Two of The Gnome Chronicles), written by Donna and Ken Waters, is about Drew, his sister, Holly, and their two unusual friends, Bracken (a gnome) and Windsprite (a talking griffin with a voracious appetite) who embark on a perilous adventure to save Middle Earth from the evil druid, Dareg. Written with reluctant readers in mind, the Waters have kept the chapters short and packed with action. Lovely little pictures grace each chapter heading and serve as a way to invite readers in and to illustrate what's coming up next. One of my favorite characters is Holly, especially when she decides to get revenge on her brother, Drew. "...Holly filled all his shoes with jell-o: slimy green jello." What's not to love about that?! Before picking up The Dragons of Middle Earth, however, you might want to read Bracken and the Crystal Cave first (it's book one of the Gnome Chronicles). Give them both a try yourself, then pass them onto the kids!
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed reading "Bracken and the Crystal Cave"! I found it such a nice diversion after grueling days. In my former life I was a Junior High English teacher and creative writing was a big part of my classes. I wish I had had your book to work with my students. It would have kept their interest and allowed me to discuss creative writing and grammar and punctuation. I see a wonderful market for your books. I would love to read volume two whenever it is ready. -L.C.
When I first picked up "Bracken and the Crystal Cave", which I hope will be only the first in a long line of books in "The Gnome Chronicles" series; I thought it looked like an interesting fantasy story that kids would really enjoy. Since I love fantasy, and the author is a local writer, I figured I might as well pick it up. This really is well written, but it is much more as well. This is the story of a brother and sister named Drew and Holly who go to visit their grandparents, and wind up having an incredible adventure with a gnome named...wait for it...Bracken. I don't want to give away any of the plot, but you should know this is packed with adventure, thrills and fantasy, without all the violence and mayhem that quite often accompany this kind of story in "adult" books. This is a story that the whole family, from 4 to 40 (and beyond) can get behind and talk about without having to worry about whether or not it would be inappropriate. There's a couple other things I really like about the book. The kids in this story are good kids. That's not to say they don't get in trouble, but they're intelligent, responsible, good kids, which can be hard to find in a lot of todays books. They don't disrespect their parents, they can think and work out some really difficult problems, and they represent a break from the stereotype of a child we're used to seeing in fiction. Another aspect of this story that I found refreshing, was the fact that Donna and Ken Waters aren't writing down to kids, they're writing up to them. This isn't just a simple to read, loaded with pictures, story; this is an action packed novel that requires children to read, think on and enjoy. I'm not saying this is a difficult book, just that I think kids will enjoy something that is both thrilling and thoughtful. As I said, whether you're a kid or an adult this is a fun, thoughtful read that will capture your imagination, and leave you wanting for the next story.