The Grundilini: From the Chronicles of Audelae

The Grundilini: From the Chronicles of Audelae

by Benjamin R. Doolittle



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The Grundilini: From the Chronicles of Audelae by Benjamin R. Doolittle

In today’s world it is imperative that children understand the conquering power of love over hate, and the need for good to vanquish evil. The Grundilini takes up the challenge, delivering its message in a fantasy sure to attract modern young readers. Its main protagonist is thirteen-year-old Audelae, leader of a peaceful village at the edge of the Amber Forest. Her magical flower protected and nourished her once-divided people through troubled times, and has become their symbol of faith. One day the flower is stolen by Riker, who takes it to Grundilini as a gift for the High Baroness. Audelae forms a diverse group of individuals as a search party, and together they set off into the Amber forest in pursuit of their stolen treasure.

Audelae and her team meet peaceful Tamali elves, who teach them of their enslavement by the evil Grundilini. They encounter the perils of deadly Krill spiders that can slice a man into pieces using razor-like, invisible webs. And in facing up to the Grundilini, they must make choices that test their human values and their very understanding of self.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781889658247
Publisher: New Canaan Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Pages: 205
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ben Doolittle has significant experience with youth, gained through work in ministry and as a doctor of pediatrics. His experience includes directing and organizing youth outreach programs both in the U.S. and in Honduras; teaching English in Hong Kong; and ministering as a pediatric physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital and as a medical missionary in East Timor, India, and Honduras.

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The Grundilini: From the Chronicles of Audelae 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantasy novels have never been more popular, and Grundilini is a welcome addition to this booming industry. Whether your canonical heritage is Tolkein or Lewis, L'Engle or Rowlings, you'll find much to recommend in this book, and, I'm sure, will eagerly anticipate sequels!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not only a fast-paced adventure with an uplifting message, it also cured my flu! Felt horrible on Friday when I started reading, but kept plugging away and was about 90 percent better by Saturday when I finished. The physician-author of this wonderful novel would no doubt caution readers against expecting miracles from a paperback, but I thought it was worth mentioning since it reflects the novel¿s subtext ¿ keep the faith and you can conquer anything. There is a lot of adventure to be had in the pages of The Grundilini and the message is right on target. Just right for today's kids. Overall, a wonderful debut novel, hopefully with more to come!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Doolittle's tale a delight to read. The characters were thoroughly developed with a creative flair, and the story offers much to young readers longing for a brush with mystical adventure. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Grundilini is full of fantasy AND realism. Ben Doolittle shows how evil can take over if there is no hope or determination to overcome it. The main message is that good does not destroy evil, but transforms it. Apart from the deep message though, this is an exciting plot in an unusual and vivid setting, stuffed with colorful characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ben Doolittle has done a remarkable job of crafting an allegorical tale in a form sure to be enjoyed by today's kids. Now more than ever, it is refreshing to see a book that presents the concepts of good versus evil, and the power of love over hate, in a way that is woven into an exciting fantasy tale. Given current world events and a disturbing fascination in children's literature with the occult, Doolittle is to be thanked profusely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters are paper thin and do not develop at all. They are moved around the world of the novel to suit the author's whim like..well like paper dolls. Nearly every word they speak sounds false. Then there are the character names which are ludicrous. They have no internal logic which makes them a perfect match for the muddy plot of this mess. This reads like a book written by someone who once had a novel described to them by a friend. This is a parable expanded (with very bad writing) to novel length. The prose is rife with stylistic and grammatical errors. 'Affixed to her wig with long strings fluttered a cloud of fluttering butterflies...' Need I say more? The central allegory is transparent and nonsensical. The pay-off is swift and like much of the rest of the book melodramatic in the extreme. The author begs to have his book compared to the Chronicles of Narnia given the subtitle: 'from the chronicles of Audelae' But this book is not fit to me Mr. Tumnus's door mat. If your child has read the Narnia books and you are looking for Christian fantasy, pass them the marvelous, if more mainstream, books of Madelein L'Engle. She is even better than Lewis.