Ten-year-old Justin Cavell prays for his parents' safety as they fly a single-engine airplane through a treacherous storm. While Justin waits at home for good news with his grandparents, he discovers a mysterious comic book in his bedroom. The book, The Path of Possibilities, will lead him on a journey that will test his inner strength and resources in magical ways beyond his wildest imaginings.
Justin is shocked to meet Poofy, an enchanted creature called an Anzard: part angel, part wizard. In an unexpected answer to Justin's prayers for help, Poofy leads Justin down the Path of Possibilities and into the strange new world of the planet Spiritania.
Justin and Poofy join forces with the Tribe of Truth, a gang of animal guides consisting of a turtle, an eagle, a chipmunk, and a strange goat-man named Billy. When the evil witch Nosefeen sends a swarm of Batflies to capture Poofy, Justin and the Tribe band together to rescue the Anzard. By listening to his inner voice and calling on his own reserves of courage and smarts, Justin has the chance to save Poofy and ensure the safety of his parents back on Earth.
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About the Author
Christopher E. Conroy was born in Ireland and raised in Canada, and currently lives in Southern California. Through his debut middle-grade novel, Anzard, Conroy hopes to inspire children to heed their inner voices, and hence be empowered to use those unique personal instincts to surmount any obstacle or challenges in their lives.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Author Christopher Conroy has written a book that is interesting, funny, and contains elements of fantasy that will keep any child involved. Most importantly it teaches children a very important lesson about trusting in yourself and the instincts that you have. Justin Cavell is a ten year old boy whose parents have been caught in a bad storm while flying their plane. They should’ve been home by now and Justin is afraid that something has happened to them. He is kneeling at his bedroom window praying for their safe return. His prayers were heard and he is wakened in the middle of the night and meets his Anzard named Poofy from Spiritainia (The Tribe of Truth). Poofy takes Justin on an enchanting and magical journey that teaches him important lessons about trusting, and believing himself. The characters in this story are all different, charming and used as a teaching tool in an incredible way. While Justin is on his journey of possibilities and denial he learns to trust his judgement and his first instincts in every situation. The message of this book is building self-esteem and every child that reads this story will get the message. I highly recommend this book; the message is clear and important while the story is captivating and extremely well written.
I definitely felt like I might have fell down the rabbit hole or spun over the rainbow while reading Anzard. As Justin, along with his Tribe of Truth and Poofy, follows The Path of Possibilities, so will your children, learning to listen to and develop their own inner voices and instincts. Justin is a normal ten year old boy about to go on the adventure of a lifetime. When his parent’s plane is lost in a storm, Justin prays for their safety, and his prayers are answered. The mysterious world of Spiritainia has heard Justin and sent an anzard, Poofy, to help him. An anzard is a mix of angel and wizard and are tiny like a pixie. Thus begins a magical adventure into a fantastical world filled with amazing creatures and characters. Not all are good though. There are bad people in Possibility. The evil witch, Nosefeen, along with her wimpy husband and misfit sons, Dud and Crud, set trap after trap, trying to stop Justin and his new friends. They don’t want Justin to find himself. They don’t want Goodness. As Justin faces each obstacle, he learns from his friends, starts to listen to and trust his own inner voice and make his own decisions. He’s on the right path to self discovery. To finding out who he’s supposed to be. This will help him find his parents and return him home. Anzard is a treasure. A magical, supernatural adventure with characters you’ll love and loathe. The Tribe of Truth, which consists of Regal the eagle, Billy the goat, Chumpah the chipmunk, and Turner the turtle, are each there for a different purpose. And Poofy is playful yet wise. She’s a bit of a rebel. Nosefeen reminded me of the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz, except she wasn’t as clever. Her husband is a bumbling fool and her nasty brats, Crud and Dud, aren’t much help either. Talk about a dysfunctional family. These are just some of the characters you’ll meet on the Path of Possibilities. How I wished I still had young ones to read this to. When I reached the end, there was this sweet, magical moment, so poignant. It made me smile, made my heart feel lighter, younger, if only for a while.