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November 27, 2014


          Book Keeper Series #1
              DARE DeLANO
Hindle Stuart

Odus and the Long Way Home (The Book Keeper Series) (Volume 1)

(from Amazon)
When Liz's eccentric Aunt Gertrude comes to visit, she warns Liz and her little brother Charlie not to touch any of her things. But Charlie picks up a mysterious looking book, and the children are magically transported inside its pages. To get home, they must travel through the book, The Odyssey, and make sure it ends the right way. Liz and Charlie must battle a one-eyed giant called a Cyclops, escape from an invisible trap on Lotus Island, and brave the deadly song of the Sirens. Can the children succeed in their quest and make it back home in time for dinner? Odus and the Long Way Home is the first in the Book Keeper series designed for kids ages 7 to 10. The series retells the classics of literature in an appealing and kid-friendly way.

  • Series: The Book Keeper Series
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Pink Chicken Press; First edition (September 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991095901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991095902

Dare DeLano Winner of the 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards' Gold Medal for best children's chapter book of 2014!

DeLano's debut is the first in the Book Keeper series, middle-grade readers centered on the magical book collection of Liz and Charlie's eccentric aunt Gertrude...The book is well-written and laced with memorable lines...Liz and Charlie are fun, relatable main characters with a goal many children will understand: Get home and enjoy the adventure along the way. The novel also serves as an appealing, kid-friendly introduction to The Odyssey or a fun way to dive deeper into familiar stories. Gertrude's book collection promises more adventures to come and more classics for the two children to explore, with child readers right beside them. Aunt Gertrude's library promises a great series to come. ---Kikrus Reviews

About the Author

Dare Fuller DeLano is a freelance writer in Southern California.

Adults and especially children gain so much knowledge by reading books.  Books help the readers visit places that you can't physically visit, but you can read about them.This book placed the reader right there as though you were traveling with the characters.  These kind of books can teach children so much.  The reader starts to visualize places and characters that the author has created
Things become such temptation when a child is told they shouldn't touch something.  Children can touch that temptation through their minds while reading the book.  Children can use their imagination to picture themselves with the characters, as though they are one and the same.  They can find themselves helping the characters in many ways through the plot of the book.  After you read the book, you can return to your own world and go back home.  But that doesn't end the journey.  There are many, many books that you can explore and travel with the characters while learning lessons. There isn't anything like traveling through a book with the characters.
I was given a complimentary copy of ODUS AND THE LONG WAY HOME from the author Dare DeLano and Bostick Communications for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS. 


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