The Black Alabaster Box

The Black Alabaster Box

by Frances Schoonmaker


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ISBN-13: 9780997960747
Publisher: Auctus Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Series: Last Crystal Trilogy , #1
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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The Black Alabaster Box 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KimSchooley More than 1 year ago
I have now read this beautiful book twice - once on my own and once with my teenage son. As I first started reading it, I thought I was re-living my childhood read of Little House on the Prairie, but I very soon realized this was a much more creative, thoughtful and magical story filled with wonder. The blending of historical fiction with fantasy is a brilliant brew. Schoonmaker's experience as an educator provides this story not only with well-researched historical depth but also a writing style that appeals to middle-age children and adults who still have a sense of magic. The journey and burden that Grace bears takes the reader on a mystical quest that breathes life into the "old west frontier" raising it from the dusty pages of history textbooks. The historical issues are all here - racism (both towards Native Americans and African-Americans), western expansion, and even the environmental degradation that follows as a result. But this is subtle rather than "preachy" - the sign of a good storyteller. My son and I are looking forward to the second installment of this wonderful story, as we both finished the last page wanting to know what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting it down. An exciting story, exciting, colorful, sad and bittersweet. I could easily see the family in my mind's "eye" and love Old Shep. I would love more and can hardly wait for the continuing saga. Thanks Fran
DuchessFancypants More than 1 year ago
In a sea of books that focus on the sensational - zombies, super hero, or mythological gods - it's nice to find a book that is an engaging read not because it's sensational, but because it's high adventure without being filled with the details of death and destruction. There is a place for all kids of books on my child's bookshelves and the genres run the gambit. This one was read in a day and then poured over for the next week. So, when can we expect the next of the trilogy?