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Root Bound: (Emma & the Elementals)
     

Root Bound: (Emma & the Elementals)

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by Tanya Karen Gough
 
How far will you go to find your way home?

Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father's work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There's a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be

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How far will you go to find your way home?

Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father's work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There's a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside. School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies - basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom.

Haunted by visions of her mother, Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world. There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to release her mother from the sea of memory and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780987850607
Publisher:
Baba Yaga Press
Publication date:
08/17/2012
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Tanya Karen Gough owned and published The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue from 1997-2007, earning a strong international customer base of world class academics and high school educators. Tanya was also a contributing editor for the Internet Shakespeare Editions at the University of Victoria (BC) and audio advisor for the Sourcebooks Shakespeare textbook series. Tanya grew up in New Hampshire and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Root Bound 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Sandra_W More than 1 year ago
Root Bound is a really great read. It's highly creative, with an exciting plot that keeps you wanting more. I don't normally read a lot of fantasy stories, but this one was really fun and entertaining. I shared it with my 12-year old grandson (he's a big fan of the Rick Riordan series), and he loved it too. We can't wait for the next installment!
224perweek More than 1 year ago
This story turned out to be very entertaining. The picture on the cover does not match the story very well. It gives the impression the this story is scary and very grownup. When actually, the story is quite the adventure......with basement brownies, gorgons, witches, etc. It has a bit of a slow start but well worth the read.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! Did I enjoy this book: Yes. Yes. Yes. Bloodlines had me on the edge of my seat, glued to my Nook. I couldn’t put it down. (I had to a few times . . . life obligations . . . but I didn’t want to.) This series is amazing. I love it, love it, love it. So many things happen in this book. I will not spoil it. Read this series. (It was so good that I can’t even write in complete sentences. Those who have read, and love, this series will understand.) Let me just say: Mamie!?!!?!?! I knew something but . . . WOW!!! And Johnson knowing/suspecting what he did!?!?! The hunts? Matt’s dad. Ann. Carrie. Wow. Loved it when Will started speaking French. Loved it when Matt had to deal with both knife spirits. All fantastic. All vital to the story. All made it jaw-dropping, exciting, stressful, amazing — you name it. Well-played at the end. Well played. I believe the first words out of my mouth were, “Holy Crap.” Followed by a distressed sigh. Let’s just say, I cannot wait for book #5. Would I recommend it: Absolutely!!!! Will I read it again: Absolutely!!!! I can’t wait for Matt Archer #5. Cannot wait.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Root Bound took me down the rabbit hole. Or rather down the brownies burrow. Imagine discovering mythical, magical beings, all shapes and sizes, living under our houses, under our cities. That’s what Emma discovers when her father’s job lands them in yet another city, in a beaten down old apartment building. Emma hears strange noises in the walls, shifting shadows, and voices in the vents. It’s as if the building is alive. Something is, as she discovers when a pile of tiny brownies tumble from the vent grate onto her bed. Thus begins Emma’s quest of discovery. Both worlds may lose their magic, the brownies need her help, and the answers she seeks about her mother lie at the center of the earth. From the beginning, I knew Emma would encounter something in that building. It was such a delight that it was brownies. Then the author throws in a ruthless gang of girls who torment her daily at school, strange lights coming from under the weird ladies’ door down the hall, and the curious case of the little boy who can’t seem to go anywhere. Root Bound is fantastical. Greek and Roman mythology are spread throughout the adventure, delighting you with the different magical beings. The author nailed it while presenting the girls who bully Emma. I felt like I was back in school, wanting to shrink smaller and smaller, become invisible. Just so they’d leave me alone. But Emma is no baby. She is a brave young girl, trying to help her new friends, find her own path, and get answers about the dreams she has of her mother. This story reminded me a bit of The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland combined. If it were a movie, I wouldn’t have been surprised to find that Emma wakes up and it was all a dream. Tanya has a beautiful imagination and has created an extraordinary world and beings and a strong heroine in Emma. It’ll be fun to see where she takes Emma next. I received this book for my honest and unbiased review.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun book to read.  The whole time I was reading it I was thinking how much my younger kids would like it.  It is such a cute story. Emma and her father move around a lot so being in a new place, a new school, new surroundings wasn't "new" to her.  She had done it many times before.  This time there is an old woman living in the same building who seems to not be the kindest person.  Emma begins to see strange things, and hear strange things.   The house seems to be alive, but she knows that cannot be.  Then one night the house sneezed, and she saw eyes in a vent, and heard little creatures talking.  She discovers there is much more to this house than meets the eye. This is such a fun fairy tale.  I love the little brownies, and the humor that comes with them.  I have never thought of my house being "alive" but this story brings a whole new light to how it could be.   There are some great quotes in this book also.  I will tell you just a few of my favorites.   "Wanting something to be true only makes it real if it was already meant to be" "And what did I tell you about the power of the written word?" the voice echoed.  "That books contain all the wisdom of the ages sir!" "This is crazy, Emma thought to herself.  I'm in the middle of the earth with a bunch of basement brownies, trying to climb a prehistoric bird" I love reading a book that gives me quotes that both, make me think, and make me laugh.  There is so much humor in this book, that I often found my self laughing out loud.  Especially at one of the brownies and his need for his "breakfast".  You will have to read it to know what I am talking about, but I just giggled every time he mentions it.   This was such a feel good book.  I think some of that might be because it was written for middle grade ages, but I think it would be enjoyable for any age.  I felt like a little kid again, sitting in my room listening to a bed time story.   The book took me into a part of my imagination that never wants to grow up.  That still dreams of fairies, and creatures, that would take me away to a better place.  I don't think Emma thought she was in a better place, but she was put in her house, at a certain time, to make everything else better.   I could follow her journey in my head, and it was brought to life with the words written in this story.  I cannot wait to read this with my two younger kids.  I hope that the book comes to life for them like it did me. This was a great story about how good over comes evil.  It was clean, and funny, and full of adventure.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Root Bound is the first novel in the “Emma and The Elementals” series. Emma and her Dad are always moving from town to town, but this time around, something strange is going on in their new apartment. Emma goes out to investigate, and to her big surprise, finds out that there are Brownies living under her apartment. The Brownies are a hilarious lot, and this comes from someone who doesn’t generally burst out laughing while reading. But the Brownies are simply hilarious. I want to feature them EVERYWHERE, like have Brownies comic books, Brownies T-shirts, Brownies songs…that’s how awesome they are. Like how Emma and the Brownies meet, I nearly started crying from laughter. I don’t want to spoil things, but it’s so funny that you won’t be able to keep a straight face – guaranteed. Emma is a likable heroine. She doesn’t whine, she doesn’t complain, and she’s actually a big fan of adventure. She makes some silly choices though, but given her age, I’ll gladly forgive those. This book is MG/YA, but it’s really more a middle grade book. The setting, the storytelling, the characters, all scream MG. The author has a great writing style, and she managed to take Greek mythology and combine it with other classic elements to come up with a pleasant, original story I for one thoroughly enjoyed. The story is very imaginative, the characters are well-developed (including the Brownies) and there’s an obvious humorous undertone. The plot moves fast, and at times there’s a lot going on, so you have to keep your thoughts straight while reading. One small comment though – which explains four instead of five star rating – is that the novel took a few chapters to really develop. I wasn’t that into the book when I first started reading, but after a few chapters, I was like – wow, great. However, I imagine some people would’ve given up by then, which would’ve been a shame. Slow start, but once you get past the introductions, this is a delightful story.
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
If you know me, you'd know that I love all things mythological. I especially love fantasy novels that incorporate mythological beings into their stories. This book not only did that, but spun it in a really original way. Emma's been traveling all of her life, never truly settling down since her dad's job keeps them moving from one place to another. But that all changes one night when she hears—and sees—brownies. From then on, everything changes. The book was able to mix originality with mythology in a way that worked extremely well. It's been a while since I've read this type of book, and Root Bound made me remember how much I love it. There were twists and turns that kept me frantically turning the page to find out what happened next. The world in Root Bound was beautifully created and I loved learning about it. I wish I could say more, but I don't dare in order to not spoil anything—you really have to read it to find out why I loved this book so much! I loved the brownies, loved the mythology, and loved this story. I can't wait to read the next book, especially to find out more about the boy!
Helen Fidget More than 1 year ago
Root Bound is a really great read. It's highly creative, with an exciting plot that keeps you wanting more. I don't normally read a lot of fantasy stories, but this one was really fun and entertaining. I shared it with my 12-year old grandson (he's a big fan of the Rick Riordan series), and he loved it too. We can't wait for the next installment!
R_The_Tabb More than 1 year ago
Gough creates a captivating heroine, Emma, who is easy to ROOT for in this fantasy Middle Grade Fiction work. Emma and her father travel from place to place as he chases work and she tries to get by. But when their latest journey brings them to an odd looking house, Emma is thrust into the midst of a battle between an Over witch and the inhabitants of Under. At times Gough exhibits excellent writing that foreshadows a bright future as an author. Her writing of the realworld scenes in Root Bound are well crafted and could stand on their own, but I had trouble following some of the meaning behind the fanatsy events. There were a couple of times I felt the story drug on only to be pulled back in by the writing. Nevertheless, I would assume many readers will find the characters (especially Emma) likeable and the underground world of the brownies to be enticing.