"S. P. Kumar's first novel, Cave of Mystic Dreams, will impress you in its own right, and even more so when you discover that its author is a 12-year-old middle-school student. Kumar introduces us to a world of adventures as we witness the trio of young protagonists travel to a parallel world to pursue a quest that has been forced upon them.
While always aware of certain powers they possessed, Claire, Jason, and Zac did not understand why until they were plucked from their ordinary lives to aid in a fight against evil which they little understand. Armed with little more than their unusual talents and keen intellects, the three young friends have a surprising amount of acumen and fortitude to forge ahead even when confronted with seemingly impossible tests and challenges.
Despite the other worldly fantasies of monsters, magic, potions, and special powers, the emotions and moral dilemmas they share are poignant and will ring true not only to middle-school readers but also to adventure and fantasy fans of all ages. Kumar is a natural storyteller, and her richly drawn characters and intriguing setting will delight all who enter her mystical world."
-Dr. Holly J. Bauer, University of California, San Diego
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It seems a person knows she’s advancing in years when she finds herself lamenting about the behavior of the young, and obsessing over the many ways in which they all too often fall short. But then—from time to time—someone comes along who manages to whisk those thoughts away so completely, that one might wonder how she ever gave them consideration in the first place. This is precisely what I experienced when I read Cave of Mystic Dreams, by S.P. Kumar. A young author—Cave of Mystic Dreams was penned by a 12-year old (who now has a couple more years under her belt)—it seems Kumar defied all odds. Far too many young folks, even those years older than Kumar, cannot complete a proper sentence (and don’t even get me started on paragraphs!). But that is not the case with this young author. Yes, it is evident in some regards that she is/was young, but in other respects I found it almost impossible to believe that Kumar managed to complete this work at her age. She truly stands out from the crowd. The story opens with a man in a black suit carrying a black suitcase, like so many others going about their business in New York City. But this man “if any one had taken the time to look . . . a little closer . . . was no ordinary man.” Before long, the fantasy adventures of Jason, Zac, and Claire begin. Kumar has a gift for spotting the detail of an occurrence that makes her storytelling feel real. (For example, she describes young Zac using a “high, falsetto voice.” I can only wonder how many others her age would recognize such an occurrence—and even if they did, I suspect they couldn’t describe it quite so accurately.) She makes use of a solid vocabulary, she is courageous in the heft of her plot—and she manages to bring life to her world and characters. When it comes to S.P. Kumar, all I can say is “Watch out, world! Here she comes!”