The Gift of Sunderland: An Australian Fantasy Adventure

The Gift of Sunderland: An Australian Fantasy Adventure

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ISBN-13: 9780990751205
Publisher: Acadia Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Gift of Sunderland: An Australian Fantasy Adventure 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- Waylond Ayers, part of the royal Numbat family had accidentally shattered his family to pieces. His older brother Morlund, angry that his weak brother was named successor to be the Guardian of the Forest, decided that he would be rid of Waylond. Father Roland paid the price as he lay, dead, in their burning house. Waylond goes into a self-imposed exile, denying to himself who he truly is. When he finds a lost young girl, he decides to help her. Soon, Waylond is on his way, with a small posse of characters, and a mindset to free an enslaved group. But can he come to terms with his brother, let alone himself? What I Thought- This was an amazing book! It reminded me of my favorite series (Redwall, by Brian Jacques), but was also a unique story and book within itself too. Ms. Rogers gives a shout-out to endangered, threatened, and other animals (and places) in Australia. That was a nice addition. I liked how the characters were realistic and had distinct personalities. I didn’t really understand the magic-y of the Forest (like their gods), but that was okay. Waylond is someone you can admire. The story shows his growth as a character and a person (or animal in this case)? He really becomes something great. I really like the black-and-white images throughout the book of the characters. It adds a lot to the story. Ms. Rogers also included a Glossary of the animals and real-life places in the book at the back. And, yes, the book deals with hard topics, as there is some killing, slavery, beatings, etc. Nothing graphic or gory. Appropriate for a 4th grade reading level and up. I highly recommend this series! *NOTE* I got this book in exchange for an honest review
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Brothers Waylond and Morlund are numbats . . . marsupials indiginous to western Australia. The two have long been estranged since a tragic accident which tore them apart as young boys. But now it’s time for the next Guardian in line to be announced and the brothers find themselves in a classic struggle of wanting the same thing knowing that only can have it. Young readers are sure to love these fanciful characters which are subject to daring adventures. They have relatable problems including family rifts, battles of good and evil, and near death experiences, including a thrilling journey into a volcanic mountain. The book has multiple heroes and genuine personalities we all can recognize. Author J.E. Rogers paints a vivid picture with a little magic of her own as she conjures delightfully colorful characters and engaging scenarios. Illustrations by Guy Atherfold are marvelous and help to bring these enchanting characters to life. Provided at the end of the book is an educational introduction to Australian flora and fauna (including the extinct Thylacine). The descriptions and pictures are a fantastic addition to this book which is both enlightening and entertaining. We loved the messages tucked neatly within this fantasy fiction adventure: Everyone has problems. No one is perfect . . . but everyone also has their own strengths. And above all, don’t let having made a mistake stop you from moving forward to achieve your dreams.
Vickianne_Caswell More than 1 year ago
Gift of Sunderland by Jeanne E. Rogers was a wonderful and suspenseful book.The book is a middle grade fantasy that is very touching. The story is mainly about the fight over two brothers over one very important role. The fight leads to a lot of tragedy and has a big impact over Sunderland and Acadia. My favorite character was Fergal, as she was loving, brave, courageous, and learned so much. A few of the characters took risked their lives for each other. I love how there were many Australian things to learn about in this book.I loved the first book as well and couldn't wait to read this one!Erika-Elizabeth Caswell, age 10