Seasons of the Giant

Seasons of the Giant

by Pamela Hartley


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ISBN-13: 9780998346632
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ms. Hartley has been an educator for 30+ years. She loves a great book and has been writing since the age of 5 when she constructed her first book from cardboard and crayons. Pam has authored two nonfiction titles, The Dirty Thirty, and Dough For It (Huckleberry Press, 2001). She is a recipient of the Presidential Award in Mathematics and Science Teaching. When she isn't writing, Pam is walking, enjoying her pups and grandbabies, and providing for her favorite charities.

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Seasons of the Giant 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (2/18) “The Seasons of a Giant” by Pamela Hartley tells the story of a young farmer girl called Izzy, short for Isabel. She was sure that the cows missing from her family’s farm were taken by a giant. Groundlings lived on Earth; giants, aka Behemorphs, lived above the clouds. They remained separate ever since the war between them ended, with no way for either of them to visit each other’s lands as all the gates, which they called siloports were destroyed…or so they thought. Izzy is determined to stop their cows from being kidnapped by a giant and even though she is no superhero she sneaks out of the house one night while her parents were sleeping, to wait for the giant. When the giant comes, Izzy follows him as he steals their bull, only to find herself in the land of the Behemorphs, with no way to get back home… Pamela Hartley presents readers with a captivating and quick fantasy for a younger crowd, unless you are like me and any age goes! Izzy is adorable and paired with the giant, known as Boone; the adventure becomes a fun ride. Pamela’s narration voice is perfect for this tale, and the giant’s language dialogue makes their world credible to the reader, transporting them through the siloport along with Izzy. In my opinion this book is perfect for older young readers as well as teens, and coming-of-age story lovers as well. The message of courage and persistence is perfect for coming of age readers. Overall, I loved Pamela Hartley’s “The Seasons of a Giant” and recommend it as a fun and enjoyable fantasy that will keep young crowds entertained, captivated, and at the edge of their seats, while learning the importance of bravery, honor and overcoming challenges in getting to know themselves.
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
The Seasons of a Giant by Pamela Hartley is a fun read! We follow Isabel LaDuke, known as Izzy, as she tries to discover who or rather “what” is stealing her family’s cows. A young girl with no real talents or skills unless you count her courageous heart. She eventually finds her quarry, but then soon is transported to the home of Behemorphs, giant shape-shifters, and their world Skyworld, which rests above the clouds. For Izzy to find her way home, she will have to team up with the monster she hunted. Her disappearance intensifies a conflict between her people, the Groundlings, and the Behemorphs, which will mean she may have to make a fateful choice… With 250 pages, one would think this would be your average children’s novel, but I was pleasantly surprised. A fun twist on Jack and the Beanstalk, Izzy is a fun take on the heroine trope, although I may have enjoyed it more if she was more self-actualizing then what occurred in the story itself. I think the courage that Izzy embodies is brilliant and an excellent message to children. I think the “journey of self-discovery” is a classic tale to come up again and again and is given fresh legs by Hartley’s narrative. The classic turn of “foe turned friend” is great because it allows Izzy to then reflect upon herself and evaluate her own strengths and weaknesses. The character, Boone, is great because he is everything she is not. She is small and weak with too few real skills. A Behemorph, he is larger than life and has his own magical abilities of shape-shifting. The juxtaposition is almost too pointed, but Hartley saves this with humor and keeping the story pace brisk and fast for even the most anxious reader. Hartley’s prose reads well and both her voice as the author and the voice of her characters come through. Izzy is a great heroine to follow and I hope there’s another story on the way with her being the lead character again. There is something very relatable with a character who is not talented and instead has to rely on what she has on the “inside”. Again I believe that sort of theme and message is perfect for children and adults. Overall, the pacing was spot on. The ending was unexpected, but well developed. I believe that Hartley has a gift for story, especially when telling children’s stories. The world she has built was fun and enjoyable and overall it will make a great read for anyone looking for an entertaining weekend read.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A thirteen-year-old girl learns the truth about giants in Pamela Hartley’s coming-of-age middle-grade fantasy. Thirteen-year-old Isabel (Izzy) LaDuke may be known to all of the other Groundlings from the Rabbit Foot Region as "top rate" in target practice, but the truth is that she hasn’t killed anything scarier than a spider. Regardless, Izzy determines to find the culprit stealing her family’s cows whenever there is a full moon. She is certain that she’s seen the shadow of a Behemorph, a shape-shifting giant, around her family’s farm. Izzy ponders why a beast would be on Groundling Land since Behemorphs have been forbidden from there ever since the War of Separation. Unbeknownst to her parents, Izzy decides to follow a beast that is holding the family’s prized two-ton Angus in its massive grubby hand. What happens next is unexpected. Izzy gets transported via one of two siloports to the land that hovers “above the clouds,” and more specifically to the home of Boone, a Behemorph and the Gatekeeper of the Great Temperate Forest. Fearful now that she can’t return home until the next full moon, Izzy is shocked when Boone offers to help get her back to her family. But it’s not as easy as Izzy thinks when she discovers that someone is trying to destroy the siloports. Rising author Pamela Hartley takes a Jack-and-the-Beanstalk-like tale to a whole new level in her attractive read. Although there are comical references to the beloved fairytale and Hartley’s framework certainly reflects the people of the land versus the giants living beyond the clouds, there are no magic beans and a beanstalk. For readers who may be disappointed by this fact, you are in for a pleasant surprise since what Hartley presents is far better than one could imagine. Carefully woven into Hartley’s entertaining plot are thought-provoking themes. Beginning with her principle character Izzy, Hartley has created what appears to be a typical teenager who doesn’t like chores and homework. Not much is mentioned about Izzy’s social life regarding girlfriends and especially boyfriends since it’s the boys who pick on her a bunch because of her wild head of hair. The school situations give a glimpse into Izzy’s low self-esteem and self-doubt. She is also riddled with fears—much of which is directly connected to her lack of confidence. Hartley places Izzy in situations where her choices will either help or hurt her. Another one of Hartley’s profound themes doesn’t have anything to do with Izzy directly as much as it is a reflection of society and society’s ills. Izzy has been taught that the Behemorphs are evil. The history of the Groundlings even reinforces that belief. But when she comes face to face with Boone, everything that she has learned gets thrown out the window. Without using the term, Hartley addresses race issues that transcend beyond a fictional tale. Great character development, engaging and often hilarious dialogue and scenes, and plenty of unexpected everything, Hartley’s narrative embodies the heart of a true storyteller. Quill says: Kudos to Pamela Hartley for producing a fun-filled fantastical work that is certain to be a middle-grade favorite.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite The first disturbing thing they notice is the disappearance of the cows, and while they are trying to understand what is happening, Isabel Margaret LaDuke, the “pretty good deer hunter,” and designer of couture bubble bath fashion goes missing. Then it dawns on them: “Behemorphs are back”! Izzy has been taken by a giant and can she prove her bravery for which she is known? She is now in the territory of the monsters, the giants, the shape-shifting creatures in the heart of the Behemorph Territory. She knows that befriending Boone, the leader of the hideous pack that threatens the life of the Groundlings, her own people, could be the only way to get home alive, but this “befriending” soon becomes an attachment that will be difficult to break away from. Meanwhile, there is a battle raging on between her people and the Behemorphs. Isabel’s heart is torn between returning to fight for her people and staying to save the monster. Can she make the choice that will allow her to connect with the values she’s grown up espousing? The Seasons of a Giant by Pamela Hartley is a thrilling story, a fantasy with awesome characters and a great plot. This is a story driven by conflict and the conflict is expertly handled, right from the start. From the very beginning of the story, the reader is pulled in with the unsettling feeling that Izzy and her parents experience. The disappearance of the cows seems to trouble them enormously, and the reader gets the feeling that something more sinister is going to happen soon, and it does. Pamela Hartley’s writing is excellent, featuring beautiful passages, great dialogues, and poetry. She is able to create a unique culture for the Groundlings and depicts the perpetual struggle between these people and the Giants in the lore of two races. The Seasons of a Giant is a well-crafted fantasy with lovable and real characters. Great plot, wonderful themes, and a heroine caught in a tight dilemma. It is a fascinating read.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite The Seasons of a Giant by Pamela Hartley is a fascinating fantasy with the potential to keep readers well entertained, the kind of story that arrests the attention of the reader and has it till the end. This is a great read featuring a strong conflict, a wonderful setting, compelling characters, including giants and monsters, and a heroine who is well- imagined and well-executed. Isabel Margaret LaDuke is known for her exceptional skills; she is a great deer hunter, a courageous teenage girl, and a designer. Her life is disrupted by a “giant” problem. Their cows have been disappearing for some time now, and it seems like her parents talk about it in hushed voices. It’s a bad sign for Izzy who wants to know what is happening. But her curiosity and courage will lead her to the heart of the enemy land, a place of giants and shape-shifting monsters. She has a plan that will enable her to find her way safely back home to her people — conquer the heart of Boone, the monster. This could be an excellent move, but now she begins to like the monster and it’s at a time when her own people badly need her because they are already at war with the Behemorphs. Pamela Hartley is a mistress in the craft of storytelling and she knows how to make the reader believe in her characters. Her writing was able to excite my imagination in wonderful ways, transporting me into the conflicted heart of the young heroine. I loved the action, the fast-paced plot, the awesome dialogues, the compelling characters, and the wonderful setting. This is fantasy at its best!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite The Seasons of a Giant by Pamela Hartley is a children’s fictional fantasy book. This is a book that would appeal most to children and young adults who enjoy fantasy fiction with magic and monsters, and who do not mind a few scary parts. Isabel "Izzy" LaDuke is a girl with more bravery than she knows what to do with, and no magic, no powers, and absolutely no skill with a bow and arrow. When her family’s cows begin disappearing, Izzy decides it is up to her to hunt down the cow-stealing monster thief. However, when Izzy find her monster, she also finds more adventure and danger than she ever expected as she is whisked off her family farm to SkyWorld. SkyWorld is a world that hovers in the clouds and is inhabited by shape shifting Giants and she will have to team with up with her cow thief, known as Boone, if she ever wants to see her home again! The Seasons of a Giant by Pamela Hartley is a tale of bravery and self-discovery that reminded me of Disney’s BFG movie, but with more action and danger. The beautiful cover is what first attracted me to the book as the cover shows the two main characters. I really liked the twist of Izzy having to team up with the very monster she was hunting. The character interaction between Izzy and Boone was particularly well-written and Pamela Hartley did a great job in allowing the two to learn about each other in a realistic manner without giving the book a slow pace. This is just one of those books that is easy to fall into and fall in love with. I only wish that I could have read this book when I was younger as I would have enjoyed it even more as a child.