"A wonderful tale of friendship and adventure." - JED Says Review
Have you ever just wanted to disappear and escape from all your troubles and woes?
10-year-old Sarah George certainly did after the shocking death of her beloved father. And then to make matters worse (if that was at all possible), her shattered family were forced to move to the middle of nowhere with her revolting Aunt Maude.
But when Sarah accidentally stumbles across an ancient book in the Manor library and is somehow magically transported to a far-off and enchanted land, Sarah soon begins to regret that wish when she finds herself stuck in the In-between.
In her epic, desperate quest to find a way to return home again, Sarah enlists the help of a rag-tag but fiercely loyal group of friends she is fortunate enough to meet during her time in the fantastical Land of Forever: a wise, old badger; a feisty, red-headed leprechaun; a mean-spirited, curmudgeon of a weasel; and a mighty, but sweet-natured fire dragon.
Together, they must battle the dark and sinister forces of the Silent Forest, just waiting to snatch them into its horrifying bowels, on their terrifying journey to locate the Bookkeeper.
But will the Bookkeeper be able to help our weary travelers? Or must they continue to the Middle Lands and the Tournament of the Four Kingdoms, where the most powerful sorcerer in the land holds Sarah's fate entirely in his hands.
A thrilling, page-turning adventure that will be sure to delight young readers for years to come.
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About the Author
Beverley was born in London, England but has lived and traveled around the globe - always with a book firmly clasped in hand - residing in both Portugal and New Zealand, before making her home in sunny California with her husband and four rescue kitties. She trained as a classical ballet dancer for 13 years and attended a prestigious dance academy in London. Aside from reading and writing fabulously entertaining stories for cool, fun kids, she also loves animals, nature, watching movies, eating pizza, and Christmas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story is a wondrous adventure filled with magic and endearing characters that include leprechauns, a dragon, and a wizard. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Keating did a great job with character development; from our sweet and inquisitive protagonist, Sarah, to the snarky and spiteful "hero," Fidget. Each character has a distinct personality and history, and they each have an important role to play in Sarah's adventure. The setting that Keating created is spectacular. Children will find it appealing as it is filled with a rainbow of colors, interesting flora and fauna, and an almost endless supply of sweets. Keating is quite expressive in her descriptions of the different settings, and it is easy to become absorbed in the fantastical world that she has created. The vocabulary is a bit advanced for 8-year-old children; however, given the settings and the characters, it is unlikely that pre-teens will enjoy it. Word Wise is enabled for the book, and the story is engaging enough to keep the vocabulary building aspect of the book from being a tedious chore. I would have enjoyed reading it when I was seven or eight, and I would have enjoyed it being read to me when I was four or five. All in all, I found Tales from the Land of Forever a delightful read. It reminded me of the sense of wonder that I had as a child. I think the story is something that a family could read together and enjoy, or an eight-year-old could read on her/his own. I will be happy to read this story with my niece when she gets older, and I recommend this as a great before-bedtime story as the book is broken up into chapters with clear breaks in the action.
I purchased this book for my children a few weeks back and they simply cannot put it down. They love it! It is the first book in a long time that my eight year old son has actually enjoyed, and every time I see him he has his head buried firmly in its pages. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with children aged 6 through 12. Five stars all the way for this book.
This is a beautifully written book for middle grade readers, and it was a fun way for my daughter to increase and expand her vocabulary without her even knowing. In our house, we love books that transport the reader to magical lands, where exciting adventures and lovable characters abound; and ‘Tales from the land of Forever’ does not disappoint. Although we liked the main character, Sarah George, our favorites were Tiberius the Fire Dragon and Fidget the weasel. And my daughter particularly liked the Christmas Cottage chapter. This book ranks up there with other classic portal stories such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and will be enjoyed by generations to come.