The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Back Through Time

The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Back Through Time

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The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Back Through Time by Nancy Kunhardt Lodge, Evi Gstottner

The Crystal Navigator is a middle grade fantasy in the classic tradition of The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland that celebrates the power of imagination. Eleven year old Lucy Nightingale is a special little girl. She can make things with her thoughts. However, she lost her confidence when her mind went blank during an oral report. Then a dazzling new teacher assigns another report about five paintings. Convinced that the only way to get an A on this assignment is to actually talk to the artists, Lucy summons a Wise One to help her with time travel. Her Wise One shows up in the form of a loveable, well-spoken, befuddled Corgi named Wilbur. Lucy and Wilbur fly back to fifteenth-century Florence. The journey turns perilous when the Navigator contracts a virus and propels the two friends into the wrong time. In triumphing over the obstacles Wilbur sets in her way, Lucy finds her self-confidence and more. The book will thrill and educate young readers about the value of viewing life as a journey and the magic that lives inside each of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996088527
Publisher: Wilwahren Press
Publication date: 05/10/2014
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Back Through Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Back Through Time is a children’s fantasy written by Nancy Kunhardt Lodge. Lucy Nightingale is in the sixth grade and getting A’s in all her subjects is very important to her. Her best friend, Sam, is different. He’s an inventor and really doesn’t care what grades he gets as he’s just too busy with his inventions. Lucy had an awful day, which started out fine until the middle of her oral report on Hannibal and his march across the Alps. Her presentation was interrupted by a loud sneeze; she dropped her papers on the floor; and then she couldn’t remember a thing she meant to say. Her teacher, the horrible Miss Dawson, stared at her with laser eyes and made nasty comments. The next day, Lucy dreaded going back to class and was thrilled to discover that Miss Dawson was not there. In her place was a magical woman named Arabella Lang, who gave the class cake and lemonade and promised that everyone would love their homework assignments. When Lucy saw hers, she was not at all sure that would be the case. Nancy Kunhardt Lodge’s children’s and preteen fantasy, The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Back Through Time is fast-paced, full of adventure and exciting. Lucy and Sam are intriguing and thoughtful characters who complement each other wonderfully. Lucy’s trip back through time is a fabulous historical journey where she learns a lot about her assignment and, more importantly, about herself. I enjoyed every moment I spent reading this book, and I also learned quite a bit from Lucy’s travels. Lodge paints glowing word pictures throughout The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Back Through Time. There’s magic both in the story and her writing. From that first dreadful sneeze, and on to Lucy’s nighttime walk on the red path, it was as though I was there in the story along with Lucy. The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Back Through Time is a marvelous and magical book, and it’s most highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 DazzlingThe Crystal Navigator is a page turner packed with delicious imagination, originality and message. Through time travel, fantastical imagery, colorful characters and strange happenings Nancy Lodge not only takes us into the lives of Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Vincent van Gogh but also into their paintings! Her protagonists, Lucy and Wilbur, actually participate in their art, giving it a unique perspective. Tucked within this enchanting tale are life-enhancing messages such as the concept of Wise Ones, everyone has the ability to form original ideas, everyone has magic in them and, indeed, the value of looking at a painting until it speaks to one personally. -A classic that with the technology of today would make an amazing film.
Tennyson1 More than 1 year ago
Nancy Kunhardt Lodge’s new children’s book, The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Back Through Time, combines the author’s interest in art and writing. Dr. Lodge has a Master's degree in Classics and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Art History. She has published scholarly papers, taught full-time at universities in the US and in Italy, and lectured at the Corcoran Gallery, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Associates, and the Frick Gallery. She is on the academic staff of the Kunsthistorisches Library in Florence and the American Academy and Hertziana Library in Rome. Four year ago, Dr. Lodge stopped teaching full-time to write a middle grade children’s book, The Crystal Navigator. Inspired by her grandmother, Dorothy Kunhardt, Lincoln scholar and author of groundbreaking children's books, such as Pat the Bunny and Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather, she wrote a fantasy adventure that addresses real-life issues related adolescence and learning that is set against the backdrop of historical and allegorical truths, in this case the hermeneutics of five great painting and the motivations of the artists who painted them. Dr. Lodge’s book fills two gaps in children's literature. Until now, children literature, for ages 9-12, lacked a book about the serious issue of school anxiety, or fear of making mistakes. In addition, art history in children's fiction has never been addressed in a serious way, one that is both informative and thrilling. I spoke to Dr. Lodge’s editor, Emma Walton Hamilton, who said, “Nancy has a keen sense of lyricism and brings her own extensive knowledge of art History to her story, her goal being to make it a valuable learning experience for young readers, as well as a very fun read.” In The Crystal Navigator, five artists and their most famous paintings are brought to life through the eyes of eleven year-old Lucy Nightingale during her quest to recover her lost confidence. Dr. Lodge told me, “I didn’t want to teach children about art. You learn be experiencing: by seeing, feeling, smelling, touching. I wanted children to feel Lucy’s exhilaration flying with the night breezes sweeping over her face. I wanted them to leap hand in hand with Lucy and Wilbur into Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera and land on the spongy grass of that flower-strewn meadow. I wanted them to feel Lucy’s fear, as she flies with Wilbur dying in her arms over Vincent van Gogh’s dark village in his painting, Starry Night.” There are several brilliant twists in the conclusion of the book, but the one I found most fascinating relates to how Lucy changed the artists. Although her need to learn from the artists represents the central premise or problem of the book, in fact, the problem is resolved by their need for her insights. She recovers her confidence by informing the lives and art of five of the greatest artists in history. And who is to say a little girl did not wander into Michelangelo’s leaky hut in Rome in 1510 and invent a hat with a candle on the visor so he could see to sculpt at night? Dr. Lodge’s writing is fluid, poetic, and readable, appealing to readers of all ages. Most important, however, is its value in a classroom context. If the aim of education is to inspire our children to want read, then The Crystal Navigator should be required reading in every school in this country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to recommend a new book for children ages 9-12 called The Crystal Navigator by Dr. Nancy Kunhardt Lodge. The book addresses real life issues of adolescence set among allegorical and philosophical truths, in this case the hidden secrets in five great works of art. Although a scholar, the writing is poetic and whimsical. Children can dwell upon thoughts of pink moons, liquid mirrors, and merging essences. This book ought to be required reading. It is a story about friendship and finding the magic that lives inside each of us. I would like to recommend a new book for children ages 9-12 called The Crystal Navigator by Dr. Nancy Kunhardt Lodge. The book addresses real life issues of adolescence set among allegorical and philosophical truths, in this case the hidden secrets in five great works of art. Although a scholar, the writing is poetic and whimsical. Children can dwell upon thoughts of pink moons, liquid mirrors, and merging essences. This book ought to be required reading. It is a story about friendship and finding the magic that lives inside each of us.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Through Time by Nancy Kunhardt Lodge is a magical adventure story that will keep readers enthralled with its mystery, suspense, adventure, whimsy and enchantment. Lucy Nightingale loses her confidence and it is at that time her new teacher gives her an assignment - to do a report on five paintings by four famous painters. Lucy asks her friend Wilbur to join her on this trip back in time. What the readers encounter is a magical journey which witnesses many sensory delights. The book, apart from its suspense, mystery and adventure, also has some interesting concepts and messages for young readers. I found the book rich in imagery and the author's exquisite imagination and use of language complements the scenes and gives them more impact. Lucy and her friend Wilbur tell readers a lot about art and about the painters Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli and Vincent Van Gogh. The plot is original and the imagination of the author brings alive the era of the Renaissance painters. Lucy and Wilbur pull readers into the story and make them participate actively in their journey back in time. The characters are well portrayed and the inspiration, imagination and excitement make it an exciting read. The story encourages readers to dream, break barriers while thinking, and let themselves be carried away by their imaginations. The weaving of an educational angle into the otherwise whimsical plot has been done with expertise by the author.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite The Crystal Navigator: A Perilous Journey Through Time by Nancy Kunhardt Lodge is a children's fantasy book in the same tradition as The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. Within the pages we find young Lucy Nightingale, a girl who can make things happen with her thoughts. The trouble for her comes when during an oral report she draws a blank and loses her confidence. When a new teacher assigns a project about paintings, Lucy knows the best way to make this assignment an A is to talk to the painters, and so she finds someone to help her time travel to finish her assignment. On a mission to find more books my nephew can enjoy, I decided to read The Crystal Navigator. This book made me smile and laugh and truly feel like a kid again while I was reading it. It is the perfect book to get kids engaged and enjoying a story. Whether you have a kid who likes to read already or one you are hoping will start to read more, Nancy Kunhardt Lodge really knows what she is doing. Lucy is an engaging little girl who could easily be any child today. Her imagination is wonderful and the adventure she has in seeking to speak with the painters is amazing and truly fantastic. I am making sure that my nephew reads this one and would highly recommend any parent who wants to encourage their child to read to take a look at it too.