Steven Topcliff loves gaming but doesn’t believe in fairies or magic – until tricky cousin Tracy drags him away from his game console and gets him to press a red button on a mysterious stone they find in the local park. The stone turns out to be a one-way gateway to Fairyland, where nature rules supreme and technology is banned by law!
Lost without his video games, Steven struggles to survive in this scary new world. The inhabitants are dangerous, sometimes deadly. The Land itself is a living being that deals out instant magical punishments to lawbreakers. And the truth about Tracy is terrible indeed. Homesick and horrified, he’s desperate to escape.
Ignorant of the rules, it’s not long before he breaks them and ends up in the custody of the ruthless Fairy Queen. He learns she’s the living power behind the Land and its creatures, and she has no intention of setting him free. He also suspects she’s not telling him her true reason for keeping him prisoner.
Whatever her game is, Steven isn’t about to play it her way.
His only chance of escape is to “magic” his own gateway home, so he attempts to build up some psychic muscle. In Fairyland, magic is simply a matter of picturing what you want and believing it’ll happen; but Steven is used to controlling his world with a console, and finds it hard to believe he can make things happen with the power of his mind. So far, he’s only managed to attract what he doesn’t want!
Can he believe in himself enough to forge the new gateway? And can he rely on the few friends he’s made to help him outwit the Queen?
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About the Author
Annabelle Franklin is a children’s author living on Wales’s South Gower coast, in an area of outstanding natural beauty that could be a model for Fairyland. She has had various ‘day’ jobs, played in two bands, taught children to play keyboards, written and performed in plays and made a short film. She has published two children’s books, Gateway to Magic and The Slapstyx, and her short story Mercy Dog appears in Unforgotten (Accent Press), an anthology themed around WW1. When not writing, Annabelle helps to rescue ex-racing greyhounds and lurchers. She shares her chalet home with two rescued hounds.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by J. Aislynn d'Merricksson for Readers' Favorite In Gateway to Magic by Annabelle Franklin, Steven is drawn into the world of fairy when his cousin convinces him to push a random button in the middle of a forest clearing. In the spirit of most kids just about anywhere, all it took was the bludgeoning force of the dreaded word ‘coward’ to goad him into doing something he knew deep down was a bad idea. Once in Fairyland, Steven’s whole goal is to get back home. He meets a shape changer named Nigel, who becomes an on-again, off-again companion, and has many adventures along the path back home. He's tricked by goblins and nearly eaten by the Constuper, learns the hard way that you can't freeload in life, ends up working for the Fairy Queen, and finally figures out how to return to Earth. This book was full of good lessons! The Fairy Queen’s lesson about belief is a prime example, and we made it a discussion point with my kids. That lesson? If someone in a position of authority tells us something, we tend to blindly believe it. Also, unconscious beliefs still affect us. Inculcated beliefs instilled in childhood are a prime example. The young girl repeatedly told or shown by her immediate family that she is worthless grows up shaped by that limiting belief and loses a large chunk of personal power. These kinds of beliefs are very hard to break. The heart must believe as well as the head. The Queen also points out that beliefs shape reality, in both good and bad ways. Gateway to Magic by Annabelle Franklin was a cute, quick read with some valuable lessons within. I shared this book with my little ones, who absolutely loved it. From their point of view it was “awesome.” The author did a wonderful job of painting the scenes, making things very easy to visualise, most especially the Forest of Pointy Fingers! I love it when authors bring a story to life by word-painting, and Franklin doesn't disappoint! Franklin’s Gateway to Magic is perfectly tailored to its target audience, as my brood can well attest. They all loved it, and we’ll be reading it again for sure!