Journey to Rainbow Island

Journey to Rainbow Island

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by Christie Hsiao
     
 

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New York Times Bestseller

Yu-ning thinks her perfect life on Rainbow Island will never end—until a nasty dragon called the Obsidigon returns from beyond the grave. Now her beloved island is in flames, her best friend has been kidnapped, and the island’s Sacred Crystals have been stolen. To make matters worse, she must venture into the

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New York Times Bestseller

Yu-ning thinks her perfect life on Rainbow Island will never end—until a nasty dragon called the Obsidigon returns from beyond the grave. Now her beloved island is in flames, her best friend has been kidnapped, and the island’s Sacred Crystals have been stolen. To make matters worse, she must venture into the dark corners of the world to uncover secrets best ignored, find a weapon thought long destroyed, and recapture seven sacred stones—without being burned to a crisp by a very angry dragon.

With the help of her master teacher, Metatron, Yu-ning embarks on a dangerous journey to overcome not only the darkness attacking her home, but also the scars of sadness that mark her own heart. And while most people just see a normal kid, Metatron—and a few other unlikely allies—pledge their lives to the dark-eyed little girl with a magic bow and a crooked grin.

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“Christie Hsiao captures the reader’s imagination and heart in a refreshing and positive way. Journey to Rainbow Island is a true delight.”
—Brian Grazer, Academy Award–winning producer

Journey to Rainbow Island is fantasy at its finest. This is a magnificent and inspiring story young readers will devour.”
—Michael Blakey, award–winning producer

"Ms. Hsiao has penned an imaginative and original epic that takes the reader on a journey like no other. It grabs hold of you from the start and never lets go."
—Sheldon Turner, Golden Globe winner

School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 4–7—Eleven-year-old Yu-ning lives an idyllic life on Rainbow Island. Though she does not know who her parents are or what has become of them, she is lovingly cared for by the adults on the island and all of the other children look up to her. The perfection of the island is marred when the evil sorcerer Hobaling revives the race of dragons called Obsidigons, thought to have been destroyed a hundred years ago in the Great Obsidigon War. Yu-ning is called upon to fight using the light and love inside her heart, because she is one of a race of warriors known as Darq Renders. She must first leave Rainbow Island to locate a legendary weapon, her only hope for destroying the dragons. As Yu-ning journeys from one island to another, she meets a variety of people beset by various problems, but she is always able to solve them by helping others discover their faith and the light inside their own hearts. This preachy story has little to recommend it: characters are flat, either all-wise and good like Yu-ning and her teachers, weak and easily converted by Yu-ning's superior wisdom, or entirely evil. The contrived plot moves from one episode to the next in a predictable fashion, though contrary to the title, Yu-ning spends most of the book journeying away from Rainbow Island, and the final conflict takes place in the Imperial City. Stilted dialogue makes the story even less engaging, and the computer-generated illustrations add little to the book. Readers looking for fantasy with strong and diverse characters should instead try Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix (HarperCollins, 2009) or Alison Goodman's Eon (Viking, 2008).—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939529244
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
11/11/2013
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,145,384
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Christie Hsiao is the founder of Serenity Media Group, Inc. Hsiao believes in the unique power of story to raise awareness and to compel societal transformation.

Hsiao has produced several independent films, including The Gold Retrievers with Billy Zane, Steve Guttenberg and Curtis Armstrong, Dark Honeymoon with Roy Scheider, Eric Roberts, Tia Carrere and Daryl Hannah, and Love Is the Drug with Lizzy Caplan, John Patrick Amedori, and Daryl Hannah.

Originally from Taiwan, Hsiao moved to California to pursue her bachelor’s degree at UCLA, Hsiao majored in Communications and East Asian Studies and earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. Hsiao went on to study film at NYU, where she wrote, directed, and produced several well-reviewed short films.

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Journey to Rainbow Island 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely adventure story for kids - especially little girls - loaded with positive messages about friendship, loyalty, and exploring your imagination. It's peopled with colorful characters culled from many familiar mythical and fantasy traditions. The action is good, and blissfully devoid of overt violence (even though the young heroine carries a weapon we've seen before, its purpose is quite unique., Yet the author is not afraid to let some darkness creep in. It will be interesting to see how what appears to be a series of books progresses. Perfect, no, but pretty cool, uplifting stuff kids will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, the story is full of action and is very descriptive. Buy this book and you will fall in love with it right away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully positive, upbeat book! What the world needs more of. Christie Hsiao is a young emerging talent to keep your eye on. The world she created in Rainbow Island is an incredibly alluring and colorful place, and one that kids will dream about. It's a story that can be enjoyed by all ages and I can't wait for the sequel. I think the movie could be another incredible franchise, and the stories message of hope and love will connect with a worldwide audience. Really enjoyed this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe this is a great book after I read it. Especially you are interest in Asian culture. It's also good to a family too. It's only a lunch money but you can have all from the writer. Isn't it? I would like to recommend it to readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's great to have a book that encourages positive values and allows children develop their imagination.  I bought some copies for gifts over the holidays and am recommending it to friends. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids really liked this book and the characters in it. The story is an easy read and fun for everyone. The uplifting message is something that I approve of for my little ones!.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this. My 11 year old responded well to it.I like the positive premise of the story that we all have light within, It's an inspiring book for people of all ages. I hope they are turning this into a movie or Tv series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Journey to Rainbow island has a rich exciting storyline, with many interesting characters. The story provides multiple positive themes from which young adults can learn, like furthering non-violence and love. It's an empowering book for children of all ages and I highly recommended this adventure to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! I read it after my 2 kids suggested it as a change from my usual reading fare of biography and history. It turned out to be much more than just a fantasy book, it's positive, inspiring messages became for me a "magical" reading experience in more ways than one. I was quickly captivated by Yu-ning, Romeo, Suparna, One, Metatron, the nasty dragon and Hobaling. I found myself unable to put the book down because it was exciting and much fun to read! It's easy to understand why my two sons (and so many kids just like them) love Journey to Rainbow Island so much.Christie Hsiao proves herself a gifted writer of positive, inspiring journeys, not only because the plot is good and the characters come to life, but also because her writing fires the imagination and gives positive empowering values. Hats off to this one, the plot is engaging, the characters are likable, and it's a good quick read for those older than the specified ages. If you're a parent considering getting this book for your child, please do, But get a copy for yourself as well. Now I anxiously await the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was given as a donation to our library. Readers are enjoying it and looking forward to a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Journey shows a positive message to the readers, the characters are passionate and colorful, the language is simple yet rich in descriptions. Definitely a good read for the whole family. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an insult to my intelligence. I was paid by the book's author (or rather, representatives on behalf of the book's author) to review this. I'd rather risk them asking for me to return the money than give a dishonest review. The story was crammed with every cliched plot devise imaginable but was devoid of anything meaningful. After Googling Ms. Hsiao, the author, it becomes apparent that she abandoned her work as a failed entertainment producer in lieu of this new cash-grabbing endeavor. The only editorial reviews listed for this book are from her friends an ex-associates in the film industry. Should have made "Rainbow Island" a bad screenplay instead of a bad book. I would give this title zero stars if I possibly could; for now I'll settle for a one-star review.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Rainbow Island is the perfect place to live.  It is a magical place where everything on the island lives in harmony and LOVE is the fuel that drives it.  Yu-ning, a beautifully spirited eleven year old, lives on the island with her peers and they play and romp freely in total happiness.   One day a dragon (Obsidigon), who is conjured up by a dark wizard (Hobaling) appears and nearly destroys the beautiful, tranquil island leaving a wide path of destruction and injuries to those living there.  Yu-ning's best friend, Romeo is captured by the beast and taken to some unknown destination which breaks her heart and awakens a seed of obligation and determination deep inside of her to rescue her cherished friend and restore her beloved island back to its original state.  The reader finds out that that veridict was pre-ordained and Yu-ning has been chosen to carry out the mission long before this disaster struck.  She is a Darq Render by birth and she is called to step up and venture into many snares and dangers but to do so she must recover a magical bow and quiver of supernatural arrows that will completely obliterate that evil dragon. By so doing she will resurrect her island from its ashes into its majestical state once again. Along the way she has help from her master teacher, Metatron, a magnificent flying bird called Suparana and a bright pink dolphin called Minkaro.  Throughout her journey she is able to encounter  lost souls along the way that are oppressed and frightened and transports them to Rainbow Island where they will live out their days in the light, love and pure happiness that manifests itself there.   It is a story of good vs evil, despair vs hope, light vs darkness, bondage vs freedom and hatred vs love.  It is enlightening and brings a very positive message to the world.  I loved the fact that Yu-ning is female and empowered to be the rescuer.  Girls need a strong role model that will inspire them and let them know that they too are capable of super-heroine acts of bravery.  The language is detailed, descriptive and the word flow beautiful.  I really loved the overall spiritual aspect of the book.  Love, light, freedom and peace are very powerful words and if these words are put into action more often our world will be a much better place in which to live.   If we become more like the islanders of Rainbow Island and emulate their model of community we can turn our world upside down and live in peace and harmony and love all the days of our lives. 
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
12/20/2013 post review JOURNEY TO RAINBOW ISLAND By: Christie Hsiao The cover caught my eye!!!!!!! love the cover a neat dragon, child and beautiful colors behind what looks like a cave opening. So on that I just had to read this book plus it sounded so good and it was. Besides there is a little child in each one of us and I love reading children's stories -- They take me back a few years and plunges me back into childhood. It's good for everyone to step into a child's book once in awhile. there's a young girl named Yu-Ning that was on Rainbow Island. The Island is perfect, beautiful, and she thought was safe until---- a nasty dragon called the Absidigon returns from the grave to Rainbow Island. Yu-Ning means love and serenity. She had powerful spiritual and healing gifts. On the Island there is Mangos and Papaya trees fresh fruit that the children loved to eat. They are happy and enjoy themselves. Romeo is Yu-Ning friend. Rome had a dream filled with many dark faces, and one face in particular. It was large and black, with yellow, dead looking eyes, almost like stone. Rainbow land is a Magical land with trees that their branches swept down grab hold of the children carries them high into the tree. This is a wonderful safe place until one day---Yu-Ning friend is missing and the island sacred Crystal's have disappeared and now the Island it's self is on fire. Yu-nig has got to go to a place unsafe,and find a weapon long ago they thought was gone forever--- she must find those crystals at all cost! Will she find what she is looking for and full fill her destiny and save her friend. 5 Stars ISBN 978-193952924-4 This book kept me on my toes --ok I am a kid at heart but I so enjoyed this book and I feel you will too it really is a great read. I recommend it highly. HAPPY TRAVELING to the Land of Rainbow Island! But be careful you never know what may lurk around the tree. I received this beautiful book free from Smith Publicity for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else's. Thanks Mindi for a great book and for believing in me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be the worst book ever written. I bought it based on the award winning producers endorsements, I can't imagine that they read it. Don't waste your money, it's really bad and I want my money back! The only reason I gave it one star is because there is no option of giving it none, one is far too generous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the complete review as it appears on my blog. There may be links in the blog reviews which are not reproduced here, nor will changes and modifications to the blog review be replicated here. I had the weirdest feeling when I started this that this novel wasn't written for a lone reader, but for someone to read to children. I don't know if Hsaio intended that, but that's how it felt to me, which wouldn't have been so bad if the writing wasn't so flowery that it's actually hard to read (and I don't mean technically hard, either). There's far too much hyperbole, and too many redundant phrases like "obsidian black". While I think I see what she intended by that, it seemed about as meaningful to me as saying "dark black". Later, she uses the awful phrase, "jaundiced shade of pale yellow" which is so redundant as to be absurd. I'm a sucker for Asians and their mythology, but I'm definitely not the intended age range for this novel (which is 8 - 12 years old), but I do have two sons within that age range, and I can assure you that they would not touch a novel like this with a ten-foot pole. And rest assured that if I had a daughter, she would not like it either because it's simply not an engaging story, nor is it intelligently written. The story should appeal to the My Little Pony crowd, but if that's too immature for you or your kids, you won't like this novel at all. I do however, have a suggestion as to how that could be fixed at the end of this review. Much as I wanted to enjoy this, Hsaio seemed determined to irritate me with every fresh chapter. She's yet another of these shamefully ignorant writers I've encountered this year who think the upper arm muscles (biceps and triceps) come in a singular form! Indeed she refers with an authoritative tone to the upper tricep! Honestly? A simple spell-checker would have caught this gaff. I may not deserve better than this, but my sons do, as do others of their age group. These people seem to have no problem with killing (no, that's cruel, I meant rendering....) when it suits them. The real irony of this exchange with the hunter is that without the knowledge and skill of such people, Yu-ning would never have a hunting weapon (her bow) to go after the Obsidigons to begin with! Indeed, at one point, a giant owl named Suparna, declares proudly "…in order for the light to shine...we must rend - or tear - the light from the dark." Why the violent language? There are unintentional moments of hilarity: Yu-ning's arms started to tire from the power of the light? Light has no mass, so how is it tiring, exactly? If you want to enlighten children, don't keep them in the dark about light! Explain the science without vague allusions and obfuscations regarding faith and inner light - especially when you really don't understand light! This level of hilarity was somewhat unleavened with unexplained events such as Julian's claim that Yu-ning cured him? Of what? Hunger? She gave him an apple and that's it! I expected a lot more from this novel and was sorry that such a promising premise failed to deliver on all levels but art. The illustrations were charming, and quite well done, but they were sadly let down by the writing. Perhaps this volume should have come out as a graphic novel? I rated it warty.