The Jibbawk is a dark creature, a shadow almost, with glowing eyes. It's not from Earth and its cunning arises from a ruthless nature. And there are more dangers on this far-away planet called Lan Darr, more dangers than can be counted. Surviving Lan Dar takes a unique breed of kid, especially if they're a paraplegic.
Off-World is a spine tingling adventure, with exciting twists & turns. A perfect and inspiring read for 10 and up.
Meet Allan Westerfield. He has lost so much: his Olympic dreams, his parents, the use of his legs, his voice. When life is at its bleakest, its darkest, Allan and his uncle are almost drown by a flash flood. Allan must save his uncle, even if it's the last thing he does. Allan crawls for help, a seemingly insurmountable task for a paraplegic.
Without warning, Allan is transported to planet Lan Darr by the least likely thing, a flower.
He is lost, hopeless and confused. Will he get home? Will his uncle die alone in a cold, dark forest? No. A fire erupts inside Allan. In a blaze of utter resilience, Allan finds his voice, his soul and his heart. He escapes the creepy Jibbawk and the Lithic Furies and Killian Crow.
No one has met anyone like Allan before, and they never will again. He is Allan Westerfield: adventurer, comedian, nephew, friend, paraplegic.
"When Lan Darr needs a hero, someone to rid their world of the monster Jibbawk, an unlikely child amid all the creatures of the land must step up to the challenge. If Atlas's descriptions of the creatures Allan meets in Lan Darr don't leap off the page as if you're meeting them yourself, then his dazzling illustrations throughout the novel certainly will. Indeed, it's difficult to know which talent to admire more: the writing or the artwork. Ultimately, Off-World is a fantasy tour de force, a harrowing Alice in Wonderland. " ~Michael Frissore of Sonoran Arts Network
Allan and Rubic are marvelous characters, and Atlas' plot is well-crafted, original and imaginative. I'm looking forward to the next Allan Westerfield adventure. Allan Westerfield Off-World: Allan Westerfield Series, Book 1 is highly recommended" Readers Favorite.
"This book easily received 5 stars from me. I have read a lot of survival stories and science-fiction, and this is by far one of the best because of originality. This was the first book I've read where the main character - Allan Westerfield - is a paraplegic teen .I was on the edge of my seat as Allan works his way through figuring out this new adventure he has encountered. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but my favorite part was when Allan met the "balloon-like creature." Reviewed by Jori at Kissed by Literature
"Allan Westerfield is riveting and an extraordinary tale of courage and adventure. The chapters flow easily from one to another, creating a nice narrative that is gripping from start to finish. I also have to comment Atlas' command of the language because he was able to paint a very vivid world" Review by Victoria at Book Beast
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About the Author
When I was twenty five, I found myself working nine to five with no real aspirations. I was an artist, that's all I knew, but I didn't know what to do with my art. I only knew I had to do something.
One evening, my roommate Dave, who is no longer with us, had to pick me up from the side of the freeway because my car's tire blew out, sending me into the median. I didn't have a spare because the tire that blew out was the spare. It was one of those odd-looking doughnut tires that don't seem capable of holding up a one and a half ton car.
Dave, who was always good at lightening the mood, laughed and asked me if I had another spare in the trunk to slap on because he thought the doughnut made my car look hip. I didn't have a spare to replace my spare.
At that time, buying one new tire was hard and buying two new tires, impossible. That night, Dave and I chatted about bills, life and careers. I don't remember all the conversation, but I do remember his words of wisdom: he told me to just pick something and go for it.
I wish he could see the result of his advice.
I picked writing and illustrating books as my career choice. I focused on school and writing late at night and on weekends. Years later, I've found not only the ability to write and illustrate my stories, but the LOVE OF IT.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Allan Westerfield Off-World: Allan Westerfield Series, Book 1 is a young adult contemporary fantasy written by Anderson Atlas. When Allan qualified for the Nationals and broke his best freestyle record, he felt on top of the world -- that is, until he saw his mother's face. There was neither pride nor excitement in her expression, only a grim and angry glare accompanied by his latest report card bearing two F's. His parents were not in the least impressed by his talent for swimming or interest in adventuring; they were already focused upon his getting into an Ivy League college even though he was only 13. Allan's heart sank even further when he saw his father waiting outside the school in the car. They were both furious, and then the unthinkable happened. Their car was struck by another vehicle, and only Allan survived the impact, but he was left a paraplegic and unable to speak. Anderson Atlas's young adult contemporary fantasy, Allan Westerfield Off-World: Allan Westerfield Series, Book 1, starts off with a campfire scene some eight months after the accident. Allan and his uncle and guardian, Rubic, are on a fishing trip, and Rubic's just told a spooky story about a mythical monster called the Jibbawk that eats human flesh and leaves bleeding X's carved in trees. And if that doesn't whet your curiosity, keep on reading, because it just gets better. Atlas' young hero has a lot to cope with -- feelings of guilt over surviving the accident and despair over the loss of family, his dreams of athletic accomplishments and a future filled with adventure. Everything he's taken for granted, however, will change as a result of this camping trip and in ways he could never have imagined -- and it's fabulous following along with him. Allan and Rubic are marvelous characters, and Atlas' plot is well-crafted, original and imaginative. I'm looking forward to the next Allan Westerfield adventure. Allan Westerfield Off-World: Allan Westerfield Series, Book 1 is highly recommended.