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An adopted Michael Henry yearned for some excitement in his life. Away from his friends, in a new neighborhood and school, he discovers the adventures of a lifetime as he learns of a portal with access to the Land of Whoo.
Michael Henry’s adoptive mother is a nurse named Sam who works in a downtown Seattle dialysis clinic. His adoptive father, Daniel, has been out of work for the past two years after his construction business failed due to the ...
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The Land of Whoo

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Overview

An adopted Michael Henry yearned for some excitement in his life. Away from his friends, in a new neighborhood and school, he discovers the adventures of a lifetime as he learns of a portal with access to the Land of Whoo.
Michael Henry’s adoptive mother is a nurse named Sam who works in a downtown Seattle dialysis clinic. His adoptive father, Daniel, has been out of work for the past two years after his construction business failed due to the economy. Michael Henry is close to them both but still wonders about his past.
On the other side of the portal, the secrets of Michael Henry’s past and future will be revealed to him, but first he must prove himself worthy as he faces the challenges of the Five Trials to take his rightful place as the Chosen One. Can he help his grandfather, King Titus, take back his kingdom from the Dark Wizard and Master Uror? What powers does the Medallion hold? Will he be able to free the oppressed and bring freedom to the citizens and creatures in the Land of Whoo?
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Editorial Reviews

M.K. Turner
OBrien is writing primarily for middle grade youngsters..The author should also be praised for something one seldom finds in a self-published book: "The Land of Whoo" has been meticulously edited. School librarians are advised to note that in particular. You will not have to think twice about recommending the book...
Bookreview.com finds "The Land of Whoo" an excellent young people's fantasy novel and looks forward to Michael Henry's continuing adventures.
k desjardins
This is a great first book by this author. I was left wanting to know more about Michael Henry and what is ahead for him. Ii was sucked into the Land of Whoo and all the possibilities for Michael Henry. Can't wait for the next book!
C C
The Land of Whoo is a children's fantasy adventure novel - a fast paced story that keeps you turning pages, while quickly developing characters to feel like old friends. The story's hero, Michael Henry, is adopted and the author portrays his adoption in a matter-of-fact, positive light. The story celebrates the traits we all want to see in our children; confidence, responsibility, a willingness to learn new things... The Land of Whoo is a great novel and will be enjoyed by boys and girls...
early childhood teacher
I chose this book for my 9 yr old grandson. He loves to read & has read Harry Potter, etc & is currently reading The Hunger Games. But since this is a new author, I decided to read the book myself first. I highly recommend it as it emphasizes decisionmaking and making good choices. I think 7-12 yr olds will enjoy the fast pace imagination and imagery. I certainly did! The characters show respect for family, especially the elderly. The book is also revelant as its framework addresses...
M A
Great read for young and old. Michael Henry is a charming character that travels an exciting adventure and experience through a portal to the Land of Whoo. I plan to give this book as a gift to my eleven year old grandson also a Harry Potter fan. I truly enjoyed "The Land of Whoo" and look forward to the next book.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014485418
  • Publisher: Ryan OBrien Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 220
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ryan OBrien lives on his cruising catamaran, "Christine," in the Florida Keys with hiw wife and coauthor, Christine, and their Golden Retrever, Creek. Ryan graduated from Eatern Washington University with degrees in Radio/Television Management and Psychology, with a passion for photography and writing. Ryan has worked in marketing and retail operations for several national retailers and loves telling stories about the Pacific Northwest and South Florida.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Great book

    This is a great firstbookby this author. It was a great book for my 8 yr old and even my 5 yr old loved to listen to it! It is well written, a quick read and has lots of twists. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    On the morning he wakes up from a mysterious dream, Michael Henr

    On the morning he wakes up from a mysterious dream, Michael Henry knows things are going to change. In his dream, a 7-foot-tall genie-like figure told him he was The Chosen One. And it's not long before Michael learns what exactly that entails: he can cross through the portal into the Land of Whoo - a place where he'll discover the answers to all his questions about his past.


    This is the first work of Ryan O'Brien's that I've ever read, but it definitely won't be my last! In this middle-grade novel, a young Michael finds excitement in ways he never imagined. I loved Michael's character, as well as his development and growth throughout the novel. I enjoyed the inclusion of the Trials and the search for the Medallion - who doesn't love a good quest?

    The fantasy element of this novel was great - not too complicated, but still complex enough to keep you interested at any age. For whatever reason, while reading this novel I was reminiscent of the books in the 100 Cupboards series by N.D. Wilson - another MG series I adored.

    If you enjoy MG novels with some elements of fantasy and magic, then this is definitely the series for you. I'm eagerly awaiting book two already!

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Although this book was written for a young adult, it's a fun rea

    Although this book was written for a young adult, it's a fun read for adults and is a real page-turner! The story deals very nicely with a lot of relevant, contemporary issues, and it emphasizes the value of integrity, honesty, responsibility, and concern for others. The characters are vividly portrayed, and the author's imagination and attention to detail is impressive. This is a great story that captivates the imagination and keeps you on the edge of your seat. We can't wait to read more adventures of Michael Henry and his friends.

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