She was wrong!
The day she spills sticky toffee syrup onto her father's computer, that's when her worst nightmare begins. She finds herself marooned on a forbidden planet, sent there by an evil clone with a very sticky secret.
Caramel is desperate to escape. If she doesn't she will lose her dreams of returning to Cardamom to become a healer like her Mum.
Luckily, she has a secret of her own and the lives of her family and friends depend on it!
|Publisher:||Julie Anne Grasso|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 13 Years|
About the Author
She lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Danny and their little elf Giselle.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This Tale Will Tickle Your Funnybone . . . Escape From the Forbidden Planet by Julie Ann Grasso is an absolutely rib-tickling science fiction story that I assure you will give you a couple of hours of pleasure. I just finished a free review copy provided me for an unbiased review – unfortunately, my review is a bit biased, because I fell in love with it within the first ten pages. Caramel Cinnamon is a tiny girl – elf actually – who resides on the planet of Cardamom. Her rather idyllic existence is disrupted with the arrival of Alexander222 from the planet Ishqwartz, known as IQ by its inhabitants, and under the management of the IQ Corporation. Alexander is a clone from a long line of Alexanders, but with a difference – his planet is losing its source of power, a crystal substance, and he is determined to find a substitute. Alexander222 finds the desired substitute in the sugars of Cardamom, and in order to gain control over it, he kidnaps Caramel’s grandparents, and subsequently her and her parents and transports them to Earth, the forbidden planet. You’ll find yourself laughing until your teeth hurt as you read Grasso’s hilarious account of how Caramel and a band of Earth children turn the tables against Alexander222’s machinations and get him brought up before the Intergalactic Council. Grasso is a master of comic timing and a beautiful melding of humor, human emotions (in aliens at that), and technology. I can hardly wait for the sequel to Escape to see what further mischief Caramel gets up to. Though written primarily for younger readers, it will thrill everyone who is young at heart.
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite The story "Escape from the Forbidden Planet" unfolds when Caramel Cinnamon figures in an accident. Her mother Arianna, who is a healer, comes to her rescue and saves her life. This is just the start of this exciting adventure story that takes place in a fantasy land. One day, Cinnamon visits her friend Caramel and notices a strange creature in the field. Soon thereafter, her grandparents who are the king and queen of the elves of Cardamom are missing. Cardamon possess a natural resource that is coveted by the Alexanders who are inhabitants of other planets in the galaxy. What happens next brings Caramel in a situation where she has to overcome a number of obstacles. The faith of her family, friends and her elfin world now depends on her. In her book "Escape from the Forbidden Planet" Julie Anne Grasso creates a delightful world that will not fail to entertain children and adult readers alike. The heroine, Caramel, is a girl possessed of a distinguished family and admirable character. Brave and loyal to her family and friends, she will do everything to protect them. This book has all the elements that an exciting fantasy story should have like elves, royalty, evil clones and an endearing heroine. It is also a science fiction where intergalactic travel, techie and science talk take place. The story is a battle between good and evil but what makes it unique is the various references to mouth watering food and dessert. After reading the book, I had a craving for a piece of caramel cake, peppered with cinnamon and covered with a rich chocolate icing. It is not difficult to relate to these elves who love their desserts a lot. Delicious dessert and an exciting adventure story is indeed a perfect match. A truly entertaining book, I find the mix of food and fantasy unique and delightful.
Caramel, an elf, can't wait to visit her friend, Jemm, who lives in the tree tops on their planet, Cardamom. As she is visiting her friend, Caramel spots a weird being in the fields down below that quickly vanishes. When Caramel gets back from her trip, she takes the Elvin Ability Tests to see what job she will get when she grows up. Caramel really wants to be a healer like her mother but she's already shown signs that she can be a tree tender. Things are going pretty well for Caramel until the day her Grandparents, the King and Queen of the Elves of Cardamom were kidnapped by the strange being Caramel saw in the fields. The evil being took the King and Queen to its ship and sent Caramel and her parents to EARTH, the forbidden planet! Caramel must use all of her abilities to escape from the forbidden planet, rescue her grandparents and stop the aliens robbing Cardamom! This was an exciting book! It wasn't a very long book, but it really kept my interest. Ms. Grasso described the world of Cardamom really well. The plot was unique because it combined elves, aliens, technology and chocolate cake. ;) The cover art on the book was great too (illustrated by David Blackwell). Caramel was an awesome heroine that I think girls and boys will really like. She was true to what she believed in, loyal, brave and kind to her friends. I am looking forward to the second book in the series! The book was a clean read so it would be great for young advanced readers. **NOTE I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.