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February 10, 2014



Welcome to my stop on the tour for Root Bound (Emma and the Elementals Volume 1) by Tanya Karen Gough.  Root Bound is an upper Middle Grade fantasy adventure recommended for ages 10+. The tour is to run February 3-14 with reviews only.  Be sure to check out all the details and the tour schedule on the tour page.

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Root Bound is a fast-paced, action fantasy novel about a young girl finding her place in
the world through a series of adventures involving magical creatures, and a journey to the centre of
the earth. Root Bound is both a topsy-turvy riff on traditional literary children's fantasy and an
allegorical coming-of-age tale.
Emma and her father, a jazz musician, are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.
School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies - basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom. They are searching for the Wanderer, a powerful being who can help free the Crown Prince of Under from the black magic prison that holds him. Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world. There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to free the prince, release her mother from the sea of memory, and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.

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This was a fast paced read, which was like Emma's life.  Her father and herself never stayed in one place long enough to really call home.  Her father is a musician.
Emma's life is about to change into an adventurous, magical life.

They finally moved into an old rundown apartment building. She noticed a weird little old lady living down the hall.  The girls at school are known to be mean.  She has strange dreams at night and sees her mother.
 When she was in her room she could see brownies peaking out of the air vents. She finds out that they need her help. An evil witch intends to destroy both her home and the brownies' home.
How is Emma going to be able to help when the only way is to go underground to their world. Imagine, you may have brownies living under your home.
This book isn't just a good read for the tweens but for anyone. It is light, funny, adventurous and just a good clean little book.  We all need to go to a little fantasy world now and then and this book allows that.I think the brownie world gave Emma the escape from the lonely life she lives.
Ms. Gough  grabs you from the time you open the book and never lets you go. I would recommend this wonderful book to everyone, young and young at heart.  Get a copy and join Emma and the brownies on their adventure with the wicked witch. Be careful - don't step on the brownies.

 Don't forget to follow Emma in WATER WORKS (Emma and the Elementals: Vol. 2).

I was given a complimentary copy of ROOT BOUND by Tanya Karen Gough from CBB Book Promotions for my honest opinion.  No other compensation took place.

I would rate this book 4 BROWNIES. 

Tanya Karen Gough owned and published The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue from 1997-2007, earning a strong international customer base of world class academics and high school educators.

Tanya was also a contributing editor for the Internet Shakespeare Editions at the University of Victoria (BC), audio advisor for the Sourcebooks Shakespeare textbook series, and theatre reviewer for Tanya grew up in New Hampshire and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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This tour was organized by CBB Book Promotions

1 comment:

Candace said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!