Welcome to the new series where you can share your reviews for any children’s books you have read recently and posted on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or any other online bookstore. If you would like more details here is the post that explains how it works: Showcasing Children’s books
Today I am going to share one of Jemima Pett’s reviews for a children’s book – The Earthkeepers by Shawn Underhill.
About the book
For nine-year-old Ethan Dewfield, talking with his dog is an everyday occurrence. Add to this the fact that he lives not in a regular house but in a sprawling hilltop inn, and what you’ll find is a highly unusual boy with a unique tale to tell. In this personally narrated account he discovers the depths of his abilities, makes new friends, goes for a long walk in the snow, meets a special pack of wolves known as Earthkeepers, uncovers a nasty scheme devised by his even nastier uncle, eats a stack of pancakes, and does all he can to save his beautiful home from the greedy men plotting to destroy it.
*If you’re someone who likes a wide assortment of animals, with funny names and contrasting views of the world, and you like Christmas decorations and presents, blueberry pie, happy endings, and you’re open to the possibility of liking boys named Ethan, there’s a good chance you might enjoy this story.
*If you’re someone who admires deceitful, scheming, selfish people who manipulate others, who dislike animals, kids, beautiful buildings, and beautiful scenery, you might enjoy a long career in politics, but will probably not like this story in the least.
As Mr Underhill says in the blurb… Ethan goes for a walk in the snow, meets new friends, uncovers a nasty scheme, eats a stack of blueberry pancakes (my favourite) and more. I like everything in the blurb about the wide assortment of animals, and I don’t admire deceitful scheming people. So, yes, this book was an absolute delight. And it even exceeded expectations!
The Earthkeepers may not have the most original of middle grade plots, but the execution is magnificent. And anyway, mg readers don’t mind familiar plots dressed in different clothes. The problems Ethan has are those many young people will have sympathy with, and wish the reasons for their own troubles were as easily (or excitingly) explained. The journey Ethan undertakes, the difficulties he faces, and the magnificence of the snow-blanketed forest unfold in delicious prose. And I haven’t even mentioned the fantastic action sequences! As long as you appreciate the animal involvement, I’m sure that you’ll love it too. It is absolutely on-age for the target audience and certainly makes me want to read more of the author’s work.
The Earthkeepers is extremely enjoyable, funny, exciting and a well-written MG adventure. What took me so long to get around to it?
About the reviewer Jemima Pett
When Jemima Pett discovered the words ‘portfolio career’ she realised she was an example of a new trend – having not only a number of different jobs, but in totally different fields. These included social work, business management, computer technology, environmental research. The thread running through all of them was communication – and that continued in her spare time with writing and editing club magazines, manuals, reports… Jemima loved words, loved to learn and to apply her learning to the real world.
Eventually the world just wasn’t big enough, and so she went back to inventing her own, as she had as a child. First came the Realms, a feudal England run by princes in castles who just happen to be guinea pigs – although you can read them as people equally well. Then came the Viridian System, a planetary area on the outskirts of known space where a frontier mentality mixes with big business and tourism. Her next project could be anything from a D&D fantasy type world, to a children’s picture book about the real adventures of her guinea pigs, who live with her in a small village in Norfolk, UK.
A selection of books by Jemima Pett including her new release Princelings Revolution (The Princelings of the East Book 10) – on pre-order for October 1st as the reduced price of £2.10/$2.79
One of the reviews for the first book in The Princelings of the East series to set the scene…
Something is wrong in the East. Unexplained power outages have cursing the land, and they are getting worse. The King isn’t happy, especially when his birthday extravaganza is ruined.
Princelings George and Fred know that it is only a matter of time before the superstitious King starts to blame their ‘experiments’ for the power problems, so they decide to set out of the castle they call home to investigate the strange goings on for themselves. Only they’ve never left the East before, and don’t really know what to expect.
The Princelings of the East is an easy read at 162 pages, set in a world that’s a bit like ours but mostly not. I enjoyed getting to know George and Fred and the people they meet on their journey, and I also liked the imaginative world that they occupy (imagine living in a world where power is generated using strawberry juice!). If I have any grumbles about this book it would be that I would have enjoyed getting under the skin of the main characters a bit more.
Overall, a fun read that I would highly recommend.
My thanks to Jemima for permitting me to share her review and I know she would love your feedback. thanks Sally.
I think you get the idea of how this works and it would be great if you could help promote children’s books by sharing your reviews with us.. just put the link to one or two in the comments and if I need more information from you I will ask you to email me..
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.