The Taker and the Keeper

The Taker and the Keeper

by Wim Coleman, Pat Perrin

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ISBN-13: 9781935178217
Publisher: Coleman Perrin
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: Red Monocle Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 173
File size: 504 KB
Age Range: 8 Years

About the Author

Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin have collaborated on their writing for about 25 years and stayed happily married all that time. Their books for young readers have won a bevy of national awards. Their most recent novel, Mayan Interface, draws on Mexican myth and tradition.

Wim and Pat are co-authors of The Jamais Vu Papers, an eccentric novel that has maintained a following for over two decades and has won awards for visionary fiction. They also wrote the popular thriller Terminal Games, and their articles and essays appear in collections about creativity and storytelling.

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Taker and the Keeper 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
justabookreader on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Gregory Guest is a regular kid who happens to find a tunnel to another dimension. At school, Gregory helped a teacher clean out a closet, and in a box full of junk, he found a small red monocle along with other glasses and assorted lenses. On his way home, he ventures into the woods to a small ravine that he likes to visit, and playing around with the lenses in the box, he finds the entrance to a tunnel. Not knowing anything about where he might be going, he enters the portal. Scared and worried by what he saw, he leaves and runs home wanting to be in the safety of his house.The next day he feels as if the world has been turned upside-down. His happy family is now fighting for no reason, school was an embarrassing mess, and he feels alone. On his way home, he runs into his friend Yolanda, Yola for short, and not really knowing why, he shows her the monocle. She doesn't have the same reaction but a pair of glasses he found in the box do show her the tunnel. Together they enter and find the world of King Arthur but a few things are not right about the story Yola knows so well. Suddenly, Gregory and Yola are off on an adventure to find Excalibur, the sword in the stone that will make Arthur king and bring the world back to normal.This book is for children ages 8 and up. It's a simple book and not much is explained except for the most rudimentary of things but for the target audience, it works. It's a fast read, entertaining, and dare I say it, cute. The characters are likable and you want Gregory and Yola to succeed. The story doesn't have many scary scene but there are a few sad moments when Gregory remembers his mother who is suffering from a mental illness. It seems a bit heavy here but can be an ice breaker for talking to a child.There are two more books planned in the Red Monocle series: The Death of a Good Wizard and The Invisible Foe.This book was sent to me by The Cadence Group.
BarbaraLyn More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the "Arthur Legend" which is the story THE TAKER AND THE KEEPER is based on. With a red monocle and his friend Yolanda, Gregory stumbles upon a "hole" to the past. There they find Merlin without memory or magic. Yolanda had just been reading about the Arthur Legend before they went through the hole. She realizes how out of character of the story the people and their village are. There is no sword in the stone for Arthur to draw out. Without his memory, Merlin can't perform his great magic and Morgan le Fay is taking over. By learning to overcome fears and doing the right thing, Gregory and Yolanda, along with help from Merlin and Arthur, set the story right again. This is a very good book to present the Arthur Legend to a young child and teach them how and why they should do the right thing.