My kids asked for Magic Lands (by Robert Stanek) and this is what I got by mistake. There are quite a few of these Magic Tree Houses. The books are short, about a boy and a girl named Jack and Annie who have a magic tree house. Cute kid stuff but not what my eight year old twins wanted.
I love books that are well written and there are very few. Not only is this one well written, it is one of the better books I have listened to. The characters were great, the narration was great, the story incredible. I can't wait for the next one.
This is an extremely engaging story, with an interesting weave of fantasy and mystery. Almost from the minute the story began, I was enthralled. I'm hooked and I've already listed twice to both novels.
Robert Stanek's best (and best known) books undoutedly are his Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches. My teen loves them. When I saw this book was for younger readers, I just had to get it. The best thing about Magic Lands is the sense of excitement given to the book by the main character, Ray, and brought to life by this gifted author. My eight year old twins sat wide eyed through our entire reading. So I was delighted to find this on audio and have no doubt it will become their favorite story to listen to. I highly recommend it was 7 to 12 year olds and think older may enjoy it as well. I certainly enjoyed it.
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