An undead corpse. A vengeful witch. An unlikely hero...Young Rip Van Winkle never shies away from adventure, but when he sneaks into a graveyard, he finds himself at the center of an unimaginable dilemma.The ghost of Boston's first settler reveals disturbing news about the fate of the city he so loves and tasks him with saving the city. But before the harrowing quest begins the young would-be hero finds himself the target of not one but two active threats.If he can outsmart and outrun a vengeful witch and the undead corpse whom will stop at nothing to capture him, he'll next have to reconcile his own feelings about his place in this desperate battle.With a secretive preacher, a know-it-all raven, and a magical lantern at his side, Rip knows it's only a matter of time before his journey will come to a tragic end... unless he learns to trust his instincts and trust those around him.From the bestselling, award-winning author Seth Adam Smith comes The Pumpkin Lantern-a fantasy novel influenced by the writings of Nathanial Hawthorne, Lloyd Alexander, and C.S. Lewis. Loaded with humor, action, suspense, and fascinating American history, The Pumpkin Lantern is a poignant fable about faith, family, and the power of life over death.
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Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is such a wonderful book! I read it to all of my children and they LOVED it. It's a heartwarming story about a young boy discovering the magic within. I loved the lessons it teaches about faith and family. Truly wonderful!
I don't quite know how to put my thoughts into words. I still don't quite know for sure how I feel about it. It was an interesting read. Lets start with that :). I have to admit I love how this story begins. Abagail has a dream about a baby in the grave yard in an open grave. She doesn't hesitate she wakes her husband and they head to the grave yard. In that open grave they find a baby that is barley clinging to life. Abagail and her husband make the baby warm and bring him back to life. They decide to call him Rip. (which I thought was kind of creepy because it's Rip as in rest in peace). Rip, was a special kid from the beginning. He could speak to the plants, and the earth. His parents told him it was something he had to keep to himself. That is until Rip meets a little girl in the woods. They seem to connect and get a long. Rip's father finds him there and when he sees the little girl he knows exactly who she is. Her name is Charity, and her father is a horrible human. When he finds his daughter talking to the Judge Winkle and his son, he reprimands her. Judge Winkle threatens to take his daughter and while doing so, Rip raises a rose bush between Charity and her father. It catches him, and while he is tangled in the bush he admits to doing something to his wife. Judge Winkle and his family take Charity in. That is just the beginning of the Winkle family. Suddenly their home becomes the safe haven for all children with no place to go. A "belonging" place. I love this family. They love, the take care of each other, and they fight for those who don't have anyone else. This is a story of faith, hope, and becoming the person you are. Fighting off the dark times, and always looking to the light to make things better. I enjoyed the book. I think I probably didn't totally understand everything the author wanted me to, but I enjoyed the book anyway. I love reading inspirational books. It made me feel good. Made me want to do more for those around me. It's just an interesting book. Source: I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book. Source: Clean