The Secret Of Spruce Knoll

The Secret Of Spruce Knoll

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by Heather McCorkle
     
 

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Following the death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with an aunt she’s never met. Little does Eren know, the entire population are channelers—magical people who immigrated there when they were driven out of their homelands. Channelers are tied to the fate of the world, and as it slowly dies, they are going extinct—and

Overview

Following the death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with an aunt she’s never met. Little does Eren know, the entire population are channelers—magical people who immigrated there when they were driven out of their homelands. Channelers are tied to the fate of the world, and as it slowly dies, they are going extinct—and they alone have the power to save the earth. Soon, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charm convinces her that being a channeler may not be all bad though.

As Eren and Aiden’s relationship develops, so too does a mystery in Spruce Knoll. The town holds many secrets—and many dangers. It soon becomes apparent that the untimely death of Eren’s parents was no accident and that her life might be in danger too. Only time will tell if Eren can embrace her unwanted power and protect the only family she has left.

Praise for Spruce Knoll:

“McCorkle fuses magic, mystery, and myth into one action-packed tale.” ~Judith Graves, author of the Skinned series.

“Electrifying in every possible way. A compelling read with unforgettable characters that readers will cheer for.” ~Elana Johnson, author of Possession.

“McCorkle has crafted an enchanting world… You will root for Eren and Aiden.” ~Kitty Keswick, author of the Freaksville series.

Editorial Reviews

I Heart YA Books - Debbie @
McCorkle has penned an incredibly awesome story with amazing characters. McCorkle is a beautiful writer, by that I mean her writing flows with depth and strength and clarity. From the first page, I knew I was in for an intriguing fantasy with Eren and Aiden's story within the world of the Channelers. I also must salute McCorkle for her bravery--showing the reality of what teens face today, and then giving a positive way of dealing with it.
IndieReader site. - Maya Fleischmann
McCorkle does an effective, heartfelt job of conveying Eren's emotional states as she goes through all the changes in her life, including her own very special coming of age experience as a channeler...Secret of Spruce Knoll is an intriguing and action packed mystery-romance for young adults who are fans of the paranormal.
Mundie Moms blog. - Katie B
If you're looking for a paranormal book that steps outside the norm, than I highly recommend picking this one up. Heather's writing is incredible. Her mythology is just as enticing as her characters. There's not shortage of in-depth characters in Spruce Knoll...
YA Bound blog. - YA Bound
From the first page, I was gripped and pulled into a town and world full of magic and mystery...This is a must read for anyone looking for a fresh take on the paranormal with a twist of unique mythology, and a sweet, all-consuming romance that will make your heart ache.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013508736
Publisher:
Compass Press
Publication date:
11/21/2011
Series:
A Channeler Novel , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
338
Sales rank:
788,089
File size:
517 KB

Meet the Author

When she’s not writing Heather can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a native Oregonian, she enjoys the outdoors nearly as much as the worlds she creates. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find Heather on her personal blog where she shares her author’s journey

Currently Heather is working on the next novel in the channeler series, look for it in 2012!

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The Secret of Spruce Knoll 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Karlene54 More than 1 year ago
The Secret of Spruce Knoll was a delight to read. This book pulls into life the challenges of teens and creates an awareness of the state of our earth and endangered species... without preaching. Who would know that endangered species would be a group of people? Kids and Mom's alike will love the story of Secret of Spruce Knoll. A must read for any YA reader who wants to take a journey of adventure, with a little romance, and protect endangered species.
MissWolfdreamKL More than 1 year ago
To me,personally, this book had the right amount of everything in it. My dad told me to read the book because he knows the author...So, I read about ten pages and did not put the book down until I finished that evening. I will never bore of this reading material. I will probably read the the book from time to time. I can't wait until the second book comes out!!! I just know the second book will be just as good if not better.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
I've wanted The Secret of Spruce Knoll since I participated in a live chat with the author, Heather McCorkle. So I dove right into it when I received it in my mailbox. My intuitions about this novel didn't mislead me. McCorkle has penned an incredibly awesome story with amazing characters. McCorkle is a beautiful writer, by that I mean her writing flows with depth and strength and clarity. From the first page, I knew I was in for an intriguing fantasy with Eren and Aiden's story within the world of the Channelers. I also must salute McCorkle for her bravery-showing the reality of what teens face today, and then giving a positive way of dealing with it. After the death of her parents, Eren moves to Spruce Knoll to live with an Aunt that she's never met. It doesn't take Eren long to figure out there's something strange going on, and Eren being the strong-headed girl that she is, is going to find out what Spruce Knoll's secrets are. Aiden is a drop-dead gorgeous boy that Eren starts to crush on, but she soon knows it's more than just a crush. Aiden is her forever and her destiny-that together, they have the power to save the Channelers, Humans, and the earth. Eren and Aiden romance is definitely more than teenage hormones. This is where I have to give praise again to Heather McCorkle. Aiden's love for Eren is from the heart. He loves her as a person and respects her. Eren and Aiden romance is what I call true swoon and it's deliciously hot. I do want to talk about one more character. Fane. I love this fourteen-year-old. He is the fun in this story. He's ready to take on the world and defend Eren's honor. Fane is so protective of Eren even Aiden has to be on his best behavior. I can't wait see more of Fane in the next book, he gave me lots of laughs. The Secret of Spruce Knoll is beautifully written and has an awesome storyline. I highly recommend as a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love the creative twist on the 'coming into power' theme. Channelers, rectors, warriors, healers... it all works so well. Eren Donovan is a very complex protagonist, and Spruce Knoll proves to be much more than a backwater village.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great young adult story with a paranormal underpinning about a girl who discovers not only who she is, but that because of who she is, it's up to her to help prevent the decline of the earth itself into certain death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I am many years past my teens I found this novel very endearing and sweet. Full of excitement and action the plot zips by with some nice twists and turns. I like the fact that this book has a definite ending and is not just another cliff hanger, So of course I bought the sequel right away!
Artistadonna More than 1 year ago
It all begins when Eren moves to Spruce Knoll (love the name!) to live with an aunt she’s never met.She immedialtely senses something is not right about the small town. She learns that everyone in Spruce Knoll are channelers and she is one of them.
Larya More than 1 year ago
If I lost my parents suddenly, in a wild animal attack, I sure would learn how to keep my distance. I mean, I would have just experienced someone I love being ripped away. Well, that is exactly how Eren feels as she goes to live with her aunt in Spruce Knoll. But after running into Aiden, an attractive boy with whom she forms a fast friendship, she realizes that forming attachments again might not be so bad. However, with her aunt and newfound "friend" acting so strange, Eren quickly realizes that here in Spruce Knoll all is not as it seems. This book is downright magical... no, really. A huge portion of this book is about magical powers and abilities. Many of the struggles Eren faces have to do with coming into and developing her own powers, but magically is only one of the ways Eren changes in Spruce Knoll. I really love Eren's growing connection to her newly-discovered family. They have a very laid-back relationship that is easy to envy. One of the things that I truly admire about The Secret of Spruce Knoll is that if I take out all the magical parts (not that I would ever want to), McKorkle still delivers a good story. The characters' development, as individuals, families, friends, etc., is wonderfully done, and it really ties me emotionally to the characters. One thing that stands out to me is that this book is well balanced. While her aunt and grandfather accept her, and they all get along seamlessly, the rest of the town is bitter and discriminatory. Eren's new life in Spruce Knoll isn't all roses and kittens and, for me, that makes this story more realistic and much more enjoyable. McCorkle also did a great job maintaining consistency within The Secret of Spruce Knoll. For example, the channelers are supposed to be tied to the earth so, when they go into the city, Eren starts to feel sick. Little details like this, which could easily have been overlooked, are worked into the story. Eren and Aidens relationship is a thing to behold and I cannot wait for book two! The cover: There is a newer cover for The Secret of Spruce Knoll. This cover is for a very special purpose. Here is what Heather McCorkle's website has to say about it... "This is a special edition that contains an extra chapter and deleted material not published in the Abbott Press version. But what makes this version special is that a percentage of the proceeds from every copy of the special edition sold~digital and bound book~will go to my favorite charity that specializes in protecting endangered species. I hope you'll join me in trying to raise $10,000 for the charity by December 12th of 2012 by ordering a copy of the special edition for yourself or your loved ones. You can pre-order a signed copy now by clicking on the 'buy link' on the left sidebar. We can make a difference." I think that the new cover, charity donation, and EXTRA CHAPTER incentive are all wonderful ideas, and I hope they raise the $10,000! I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars: Very Highly Recommended!
Aik More than 1 year ago
Being the first book in the Channeler series by debut author Heather McCorkle, The Secret of Spruce Knoll presents readers with a refreshingly new type of paranormal - one that concerns the Earth and its inhabitants - a magical group of people called "channelers". In this novel, our protagonist Eren Donovan is a teenager who has recently lost her parents. She has no other choice but to move to a place called Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. As she learns about her heritage and the different societies in the said community, she discovers that she is also one of the people with magical abilities, and that comes as both a surprise and a shock. When she encounters a good-looking young man called Aiden, she realizes that being a channeler isn't too bad after all. It is later revealed that Aiden is an orphan as well, which makes Eren feel a deeper connection with him. As the story progresses, the plot thickens as well. Eren and her family members raise some suspicions about her parents' untimely death. McCorkle captures the sweetness of Eren and Aiden's courtship, their sincere feelings for each other, and their differences, partly ¿ but not only ¿ because they are from different societies. Eren has been brought up in the city, and when she arrives in Spruce Knoll, the lack of "living necessities" (TV, cinema and such) surprised her to a certain degree. She is an outcast in school - almost no one wants to hang with her because of her "halfbreed" identity. As for Aiden, he is sweet and charming, but he holds a dark secret about himself. Aiden, being an Irish by birth, was adopted by a family from a different society since he was born. However, it seems that he hates it when Eren inquires about his family. Even though this book is set in the world of adolescence, adults also play an important part - Aunt Sylvia always takes good care of Eren and is concerned of her well-being, Grandpa Zolin teaches Eren about their kind and gives her some exposure about the history of the different societies in Spruce Knoll. While being kind and loving, these adults are strict when it comes to Eren's relationship with Aiden. They young lovers are not allowed to overstep the limits of a healthy relationship. The Secret of Spruce Knoll is a good introduction to the Channeler series, and I'm sure it will greatly appeal to fans of paranormal and young adult novels. Albeit being a work of fiction, this novel manages to highlight the importance of conserving and preserving the Earth - which earns some extra brownie points from me. However, the part where the teens (Eren and Aiden) channel together in their birthday suits more or less freaked me out. It just doesn't sound right to me.
L_Franco More than 1 year ago
It took me a very long time to get around to reading this book, and now that I have, I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner!  This was such an awesome story!!!  The characters are all likable (or dislikable in some cases) and the story flows seamlessly through to the end.  I highly recommend this book for young and old alike!  Everyone needs a bit of magic sometimes and The Secret of Spruce Knoll will definitely not disappoint!  An abundance of thanks to Ms. McCorkle for allowing me a copy of this book to read and review!  I LOVED it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Im a werewolf! Vampires are my mortal enemies! Da<_>mnit!!!!"
BookReflections More than 1 year ago
After Eren's parents die, she moves away from the only life she knows to live in the middle of nowhere with an aunt and grandfather she never knew.  There she undergoes a change and discovers she's a channeler, obtaining power that she never imagined.  She is reluctant to explore her new power though she is encouraged by her new friend, Aiden.  Soon Aiden is in trouble and when Eren tries to help him, she discovers that his family is mysteriously connected to the death of her parents.  Knowing this, she cannot rest until she discovers the truth and ensures that justice is served. I had a few issues with this book but ultimately, the intriguing plot and unique paranormal elements kept me engrossed from beginning to end.  Some phrases were used too often for my taste and too much was unveiled through dialogue.  The romance felt right but didn't move too quickly.  I look forward to seeing it progress through the series.  The mystery isn't much of a mystery but I turned page after page waiting to discover how the conflict would be resolved. I enjoyed the action at the end of the novel.  At the end we get a complete resolution but Ms. McCorkle does a great job of introducing characters that make me want to return to discover what's next.  The channeler aspect really sets this one apart but I definitely want to know more.  Overall, a satisfying read. P.S.  It upsets me a bit that Eren's ancestry and description in the book is not reflected in the model on the cover.  Or maybe &quot;mocha&quot; means something different to me than everyone else.
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