Jenny and the Hummingbird Faeries
Jenny Mirland, an eleven year old 'runt' of a tomboy, is chosen by the Hummingbird Faeries to defend their ancient home hidden in the hills of Catalina Island. She must find the source of the deadly Black Globs that invade the Faeries magnificent crystal encrusted 'Chine' while stopping the ravages of the Blood Blossom Trees from destroying her islands fragile ecology. One dark -magic man stands in her way, the sinister Dex Cobben.
In her amazing quest she is aided by her shaggy pet cat, Ms. Po, who instructs her in the ways of magic. Jenny soon discovers her own identity as a White Witch. In this wondrous journey Jenny, Ms. Po, the Faerie Pim and Hummingbird Rhen, risk all to thwart Cobben's evil plan. Victorious in one battle, Jenny must overcome her deepest fear to confront the last Black Glob. In a fierce fight a tragic loss shocks Jenny - and a surprise secret is revealed.
S.R. Zales was born in Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of five he arrived by train in California where he now resides. A graduate of Loyola University, his greatest experience was duplicating Huck Finn's raft adventure on the Mississippi River. Work, marriage, two children and numerous pet cats occupied his life as he wrote every day. He developed this book with his six grand children and twelve great nieces and nephews in mind.
"Writing a fantasy novel for a young person, like my grand-kids, was exciting but most of all - fun."
He is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBW) and Independent Writers of Southern California (IWSC) He is on Facebook at Stan Zales.
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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite Jenny and the Hummingbird Faeries is a middle grade adventure to remember. Jenny is a tomboy, and is always trying to compete with - and beat - her older brothers at sports, games and competitions of all sorts. After a terrible accident, which may not have been an accident at all, Jenny is chosen by the Hummingbird Faeries who live in their sacred hills of Catalina Island. Dark forces are targeting the faeries and Blood Blossom Trees are taking over and ruining the environment on their small island home. It's up to Jenny to stop the bad guys and to save the fairies and her family from the danger surrounding them. S.R. Zales has a very unusual sense of adventure that permeates his stories so that you feel a thread of unease the entire time you're reading until the very end. Some of the writing was a bit more cynical for a middle grade fiction piece than I'm used to, but different strokes for different folks I suppose. S.R. Zales blends fantasy and spunk in a way that makes you wish you could find your very own Hummingbird Faeries in your back yard. Jenny was a bit of a brat, but she grew on me as the story went along. I believe that the target audience of middle schoolers will really love this story, though it may be somewhat lost on an audience of a higher grade. I enjoyed the fantasy aspects the most and liked the Blood Blossom Trees as a kind of eco-villain.
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Great New Magical Adventure Jenny and the Hummingbird Faeries is a magical adventure for preteens and teen readers that follows a young girl who becomes friends with the magical Hummingbird Faeries of Catalina Island. Readers of all ages will enjoy this chapbook. Easy to read and with a great storyline, Jenny and the Hummingbird Faeries is a great new fun read. Highly Recommended - Middle Grade Fantasy, YA Fantasy