Delighted thatLegend of the Lost has been recently reviewed by two busy and inspirational mothers.
One is a rebel scribe and home schooling champion from Wales, Kelly Allen. The other, a very widely read Mumsnet influencer, Jenny from the highly acclaimed The Brick Castle.
Both Kelly and Jenny give considered accounts of the first book in the changeling trilogy.
Jenny published a detailed and well thought through analysis of the book’s appeal to children aged around 9+ :
Throughout the book you know that something big is going to happen, but can’t quite put your finger on what it’s going to be. The description of mystical folk and their abilities is underplayed and that gives it more of a realism somehow. You just accept who can fly, or transform, and learn more alongside some of the characters as they are pushed to their limits and discover what they are really capable of.
Coincidentally, Jenny hails from Derbyshire where some of the inspiration for the story and its characters originated.
Given she is also a home tutor, we were especially delighted by the way Kelly summarises the book’s appeal:
I really love how this book is written. I’ts full of so many beautiful descriptions and we immediately fell in love with the little family. The writing is spot on for the age range it’s aimed at (7-11), even though I think it’s a perfect read no matter what your age!
There’s so much action and adventure throughout that it’s hard to put it down, but this is a good thing! I’d say it’s a pretty perfect read for any family with a sense of adventure and heart…
Please do pop over to both of their sites to read the reviews in full and to catch up with all the very interesting publications, competitions and other activities they champion on behalf of children in the 7-11 and young adult age ranges.