The Grotto Under the Tree

The Grotto Under the Tree

by John A. Theo Jr.


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Sebastian and Sara mistakenly descend into a mystical land where elves, mermaids, gnomes and other mythological creatures live. The two discover they have stumbled into an ancient battle between these fair folk and evil creatures called the Kylo. Their guide on this journey is Capri, an elf lord who is on a quest to find his lost tribe. The Kylo chase the children and Capri in his flying galleon north into the Arctic Circle where they find the most unlikely ally. During the final battle the children learn about sacrifice, love and ultimately forgiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484193808
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

For almost two decades John has published in both fiction and non-fiction. His diverse portfolio includes roles as a movie critic, magazine freelancer, and college professor where he taught screenwriting. John received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Salem State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

John's published novels include:
- The Grotto Under the Tree
- Cape Ann
- White Mountains' False Flag
- Mission Trip (book 1 in the Mission Trip sci-fi series)
- Mission Trip Genesis and Exodus (book 2 in the Mission Trip sci-fi series)
- Clarke, A Mission Trip Origins Story (book 3 in the Mission Trip sci-fi series)

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The Grotto Under the Tree 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GinsBookNotes More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this middle-grade fantasy story for its entertaining mixture of magic and life lessons. It keep me entertained while at the same time made me think about the message that was lying beneath the surface of the story. The two main characters, Sebastian and Sarah, are fifth grade students that decide to explore the fallen oak tree that has stood in front of their school for centuries.  During their exploration they become trapped in a cave and discover a hidden world of magic, adventure, and problems. This is one of those books that I have to share at least one of my favorite passages from. I hope it will convince you to enjoy this wonderful story and to share it with the kids in your life. A girl with fair skin and curly auburn hair raised her hand from the back row. “Miss Storm, how do we know our tree is special if we don’t see anything strange ever happen?” Miss Storm smiled. “Sara, in fairy tales as in life, there are times when you are asked to believe in things you may not be able to see.” Originally posted on Gin's Book Notes .com
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written, and can be enjoyed by children as well as adults. The story quickly grabs your attention, and makes you eager to find out what happenns next. The vivid descriptions of the characters and the setting makes you feel like you are part of the story. I would definitely recommend reading this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grotto was an enjoyable read from cover to cover. The author is very good at painting a picture of people, places and situations in the book without boring the user. I definitely recommend this book to anyone of any age, that enjoys the genre and is looking for something a bit different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Chronicles of Narnia, and if your like me, you will love The Grotto Under The Tree! This book is really captivating and a thoroughly enjoyable read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book more than once!! Its a great book for an adult or a child. I am currently reading it to my 5 year old nephew who is really enjoying the story. If you like books such as 'The Chronicles of Narnia', this is for you. I loved the characters Sarah and Sebastian and am secretly hoping there will be a sequel...
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Lord of The Rings, you will love The Grotto Under the Tree. It is a story that will be enjoyed by children and appreciated by adults. It is an in depth story with a powerful message.