A young boy discovers that people who are different from him can make awesome friends in this magical adventure celebrating diversity and special needs!
When Matt visits the Land of Giants for the first time, he doesn't know what to expect. At first, he feels frightened because everything is so new, and the giants seem very different from him. Some of them can't see and chase him with sticks. Some talk using a strange hand language, and others race in chairs with huge wheels. Matt tries to run away-until one of the giants wants to be his friend and shows him that there's nothing to be scared of after all.
In the Land of Giants was inspired by the author's work with adults who have autism and other special needs. This book celebrates people of all abilities, including those who are blind, deaf, nonverbal, speak with sign language, or use a wheelchair. Twenty-five percent of all profits from this book goes to ALFA, a charity helping adults with autism in Southern Illinois live fuller and more abundant lives.
What Readers Are Saying
"I cannot help be impressed by the way Christine E. Schulze has discussed the issue of young children first encountering folks with disabilities. Being profoundly Deaf and legally blind, I know first-hand how intimidated and afraid children can be when they first see me signing with my husband...I salute Christine's efforts in bringing awareness to the younger generations that different does not necessarily mean scary, and that even those of us who cannot hear, see or walk can turn out to be as much of a treasured friend as people who can. I enjoyed In the Land of Giants and recommend it to all young readers, in order to remove the stigma from what it is to be Deaf or disabled."
~ Rosie, Goodreads
"In the Land of Giants is a well written book about adults with disabilities. I really enjoyed how the author takes the reader on this adventure with the main character to understand the giants. The illustrations really added to the story...Although I am a teenager reading a childrens book, I really enjoyed it none the less! Well done Christine E. Schulze for all your hard work on this book, and I encourage you to keep writing your "diverse" fantasy books."
~ Kit, Goodreads
"In The Land of Giants is a book for children that also makes adults think. It is simply written and doesn't overtly point out differences in people (other than the fact the main character is in a land of giants and is a bit frightened by them), just takes them as they are. I recommend this book to children between four and nine."
~ Gwen, Goodreads
About the Author
One of her main aspirations for The Amielian Legacy is to create grand fantasy adventures with characters that connect with readers from many different backgrounds. She has always believed strongly in including diversity in her books; right now her focus is on including racial diversity and characters with developmental disabilities. The latter is inspired by Schulze working with adults with autism and other developmental disabilities at Trinity Services in Southern Illinois. She also donates 25% of all royalties to ALFA, a local charity that supports many of Trinity's programs.
Some of her exciting ventures include the publication of her award-winning Bloodmaiden, as well as The Stregoni Sequence and The Chronicles of the Mira with Writers-Exchange in both paperback and electronic forms. Her published books for younger readers include In the Land of Giants, The Amazing K, and The Adventures of William the Brownie.
Her most recent project includes the professional re-editing and remastering of two YA fantasy series, The Gailean Quartet and The Hero Chronicles, the latter of which will be released under the new name A Shadow Beyond Time. For this series, she has also brought an amazing new co-author onto her team, Kira Lerner, whom she has used many a time as her editor for other works.
Christine currently lives in Belleville, IL, but you can visit her on her website: