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The Goblin Brothers Adventures
     

The Goblin Brothers Adventures

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by Lindsay Buroker
 
They're short, they're scrawny, and they're green, but they want to be heroes. The problem? Goblins are supposed to fish, forage, and do their chores, not challenge villains.

Those rules aren't enough to stop Malagach and Gortok though.

Armed with their wits, their stolen (er, borrowed) books, and their scavenged tools, they're determined to rid

Overview

They're short, they're scrawny, and they're green, but they want to be heroes. The problem? Goblins are supposed to fish, forage, and do their chores, not challenge villains.

Those rules aren't enough to stop Malagach and Gortok though.

Armed with their wits, their stolen (er, borrowed) books, and their scavenged tools, they're determined to rid their mountain home of all evils. Or get in a lot of trouble trying....

Age: 10 to still-young-at-heart

Included: seven short stories -- 29,000 words (approximately 130 paperback pages)

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011930355
Publisher:
Lindsay Buroker
Publication date:
12/08/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
318,934
File size:
446 KB

Meet the Author

I've been writing fantasy novels and short stories since I was seven. I've been finishing them since... well, that's a more recent development.

I'm a professional blogger for my day job, and I live in the Seattle area. I have two vizslas who are as spoiled as most people's kids. Occasionally they let me leave the house to play tennis, go to the coffee shop, or take a yoga class.

My fantasy short stories are available as free ebooks around the web, and my fantasy novels are up at Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

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The Goblin Brothers Adventures (middle grade fantasy short stories) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
aangelicaa070707 More than 1 year ago
The Goblin Brothers is a great collection of stories that will grab the attention of kids with their ways of always finding adventures, wanting to become heros, and trying to fit in. As a mother of 2 teenagers (who has read way too many books and stories) this book has kept me entertained too with the fun humor and creative tactics that each story brings. I am pulled into wanting to read the next story just to find out what they can concoct up! The author has done an awesome job with making the brothers personalities compliment each other with their differences. My favorite story was "The Goblin Brothers and the Slave Trader's Offer". The ending just made me chuckle! Loved it! (I wish I could tell you what I loved about it, but it might just give it away!) On the cover of the book it says it is Volume 1, I can't wait for the next Volumes to come out!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyef her othet books as well! Kids 8 & up would enjoy this as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are fully drawn and believable. I love the way she writes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful new children's stories. Loved the characters. Hope to see more.
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Loved every story hope more come soon
ReenaJacobs More than 1 year ago
Ms. Buroker really stressed brains over brawn with these short stories with kind of an underdog feel to it… like with Harry Potter Malagach was the main character while his brother Gortok played the supporting role. Good choice, I have to say. Why? Because Gortok often had the answers which saved them from a slow and painful death. If you remember my Touched by an Alien review (see here), I’m totally not into the perfect heroes/heroines. Malagach added the air of imperfection which made the stories believable. Now I’m not saying Malagach was dumb or anything… far from it. The guy was loaded with book smarts. His problem was he had a difficult time applying those book smarts to real world fantasy situations. Gortok on the other hand was the genius. He didn’t come up with the initial ideas like Malagach. Rather he took those ideas and twisted them into something viable. Truly, I doubt the two goblins would have been so successful without one another. A match made in heaven or wherever GoblinLand. The only issue I really found odd for this book was Malagach (11 years old) seemed a bit mature for his age. But he’s a goblin, so age might equate differently. Dog years anyone? By the way, Gortok was 10 in these short stories. Of course, I often underestimate children, so I’ll have to pass this on to my young teen and see how she likes this. Now I’m not a MG fan, but the parent in me loved this book. The science and mathematical tidbits makes me wonder if Lindsay Buroker is a school teacher. Plus it kept my 5 year old entertained. The stories are a bit long for my little guy, but you should have seen the little guy struggling to stay awake to finish them at bedtime.
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GraceKrispy More than 1 year ago
Malagach and Gortok are brothers. Goblin brothers, that is. Smart and literate, they are quite unusual in their village, and often the target of Zakrog and his gang of bullies. Gortok is the inventor of the two, always coming up with amazing new tools to use. Malagach is a bit of an "idea boy," and he makes a great assistant for his younger brother. Together, they find themselves in some crazy dilemmas, and it takes every bit of knowledge and ingenuity they have to get themselves right back out! Written as a middle-grade book, this collection of adventures by Lindsay Buroker is entertaining and fun for all ages. The writing style offers a good combination of easy-to-understand language along with higher level words that will challenge younger readers. It's the type of story that will entice reluctant readers to learn new vocabulary while providing an engaging story for more advanced younger readers. The mix of simple sentence structure with more complex structures is a great technique to appeal to many levels of reading. Some middle-grade books feel a bit mind-numbing to an adult, but that was not true in this case. I know my own kids would enjoy it as much as I did. The world that is presented to us is an adventure in itself. We are able to explore the relationships between goblins, humans, orcs, and other creatures, enticing our imaginations while providing entertainment. The brothers themselves are utterly engaging and fun, with good characterization. The dialogue between them really helps establish each brother's personality. I really liked the fact that the brothers were always on the lookout for new books, and were interested in new math and science facts. Other characters are brought in as concerns the plot, and each personality presented is quite distinct and well-defined. Although all the stories are about the brothers, there isn't a lot in the way of continuity between stories. Each adventure stands alone nicely, which can be a draw for this age group. Some chapters provide a little more backstory into the brothers' lives and some are much more adventuresome than some others. Each story presents a challenge for the brothers to overcome. I found myself more engaged in some of the stories than in others, with one story in particular much less appealing to me than the rest. 4.5 /5 stars @ MotherLode
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