Mon-Tonby Vance Bell
This is a story of adventure and magic. A fantasy book for both the young and old readers alike. This is a story greatly enjoyed by 3rd and 4th graders. The Old Man from Mon-Ton had visited the village for as long as anyone could remember. However, none gave him more than a passing thought. That is until one day, a young man, Bowdean, could not stop thinking about the old man and where he lived. He followed him to his home, built into the heart of the Great Mountain, Mon-Ton. Bowdean was told that it was his "Destiny" to go on a quest. The old man showed Bowdean how to cross the desert, capture an Elf to gain his help in getting past big lizards, face a Troll, cross a long valley, and find the key, a large ruby, to gain access to another scroll. Using this scroll, Bowdean continued the quest, and found a Unicorn in a small valley. The Unicorn turned into a Pegasus and flew Bowdean over the mountains into a grand canyon, right into a battle with many Dragons.
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When young Bowdean follows home a notoriously strange and secretive old man his life is never the same again, as this man begins training him for a dangerous quest to seek out his greatest treasure. During this quest Bowdean befriends Elves and a Unicorn, faces over-sized Lizards, Trolls and Dragons. One thing is sure: the treasure is not what he expected. Written in a unique fairy tale style, one feels as though they are a child sitting in bed or around a campfire, listening to a story teller weave a fantastical and adventurous tale. It could also be likened to a video-game quest, with obstacles that must be overcome and rules that must be followed, one at a time, before the quest can continue. If someone wanted to read a quest-like video game, this is how I would picture it being written. If you give this unique writing style a chance, the story will draw you in, but it also has moments where you wish you knew just a little more. - New Reads Underground
Review of Mon-Ton: The Old Man and His Treasure, by Vance Bell When young Bowdean follows home a notoriously strange and secretive old man his life is never the same again, as this man begins training him for a dangerous quest to seek out his greatest treasure. During this quest Bowdean befriends Elves and a Unicorn, faces over-sized Lizards, Trolls and Dragons. One thing is sure: the treasure is not what he expected. Written in a unique fairy tale style, one feels as though they are a child sitting in bed or around a campfire, listening to a story teller weave a fantastical and adventurous tale. If you give this unique writing style a chance, the story will draw you in, but it also has moments where you wish you knew just a little more. - New Reads Underground --------Pittsburgh Books Examiner.com-------- Holly Christine Mon-Ton: The Old Man and his Treasure is a children's book by Vance Bell. Set in a small village that rests in the shadow of the Mon-Ton Mountain, Bell introduces us to a magical world, rich with imagination. Bowdean recently turned eighteen, and for some reason, he can't get the Old Man out of his head. He's expected to become a man now and he's confused. He finds himself drawn to the Old Man (whom no one really knows). In fact, he remembers the day the Old Man spoke to him. His mother was taken aback. The Old Man rarely spoke. Bowdean decides to follow his instincts and attempts to discover more about this strange man. Bowdean started to speak, but the Old Man raised his hand to silence him. "First, my name is Haigan. Second, I knew you were coming because it was time for you to come." The Old Man smiled and continued. "I come from a land very far from here, that was over three hundred years ago. Yes, I did start visiting the village when the first produce stand opened, but I was living here long before the village was started. As a matter of fact, I started the water flowing into the valley, so people would stop here." At this point Bowdean stood up and started for the door. The Old Man said, "Stop!" At this Bowdean turned around and said, "I don't like to be made fun of, by anyone." He again started for the door. The Old Man moved quickly, placing himself between Bowdean and the door. "Wait" Haigan said with his hand leaning against the opening. "Please, sit back down and let me continue. When I have finished if you still wish to leave, I will not try to stop you." Bowdean laughed at this. "You think you could stop me from leaving?" The Old Man simply waved his hand and moved back to the table. "No, but I don't think you are really ready to leave." Haigan, the Old Man, informs Bowdean that it is his destiny to go on a quest. He trains Bowdean on the tasks that he must complete and informs him of the many scrolls written in the old language that are crucial to the completion of the quest. The quest forces Bowdean to become a man as he is challenged physically and mentally. As the Old Man says, "For some people, using their brain can be harder than using their body." The Old Man and his Treasure is the first in the Mon-Ton trilogy. I would recommend Bell's work for reading to young children.