Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley is a fantasy set in Kingsley Lake, Florida, in 1960. It's the journey of Patty Gayle, a twelve-year-old awkward girl, who doesn't think she has much purpose in life until she is given a key that unlocks possibilities of which she could only dream. The key leads her on an adventure to a magical land that she thought only existed in her grandmother's stories. While on her quest, Patty Gayle realizes some of her fantasies, but must strengthen her faith in God, gain confidence in herself, overcome her own fears and emotions, and defeat a sinister sorcerer before the inhabitants of Kingsley can be saved.
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fun, whimsical, entertaining
I think I liked that it was so accessible to my kids. Even my youngest followed the entire story, start to finish. We listen to tons of audiobooks, but my guys (all boys) have never gotten as excited about one as this. They were constantly asking what I thought would happen next. The plot isn't complicated, but I think they loved the fact that there was a typical, everyday girl going through such fantastic adventures.
I haven't listened to her before, but she had nice, clear dictation and didn't detract from the story with over-the-top dramatics.
This was my first book by Cynthia P Willow, but I had heard good things about her. I heartily recommend this book for any young audience who enjoys adventure.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook by Cynthia Willow. Cynthia's description of both the characters and the world around them is vivid and will leave lasting picture. Patty is a believable character who wrestles with her situation and learns a great deal about what it means to have faith. I found this to be a fun read that all ages would enjoy.
Charming fantasy story
I would compare it with CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. Both stories involved humans from our world traveling to another world and becoming entangled in the struggles of the locals.
She really made it feel as though you were being told the story, rather than just reading it, or listening to someone read it.
I don't tend to have extreme reactions... There were some sad parts, and I thought they were very well done.
In his book The Magician's Nephew, CS Lewis describes a sort of world between worlds where someone might travel from our world to Narnia or to any of a great number of alternate worlds. In Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley I felt very much as though I was being transported to one of those places - one of those many worlds about which CS Lewis left us to wonder in vain.
In Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley Cynthia P. Willow somehow manages to capture all the charm and all the heart of the Narnia series yet without stealing anything from CS Lewis besides perhaps inspiration.
For a fantasy story the book spent a good deal of time in our own world, and I was impressed as I read that I really didn't mind so much. The writing was so good that I didn't even notice - I was so caught up in the characters and their somewhat mundane struggles that I almost forgot I was reading a fantasy novel.
That said, I do wish I could have learned more about the world of Kingsley in the book, and I trust I will in the sequels. It is my opinion that a good book leaves you satisfied, but a great book leaves you wanting more...
kitchen creator maven
My ten year old and I listened to this together. She loves it and fully understands and finds useful the lessons found here. She looks forward to further stories about Patty Gayle. Thank you for coming up with a modern story that teaches truths in C.S. Lewis fashion.
I compare this story to the Chronicles of Narnia because it is fantasy using allegory to present useful Truth to children.
She does a great job with voices, bringing alive the story.
Faith comes by trial and doing, a girl's family legacy... it pays to know our history and heritage.
TOP OF THE LINE
Patty Gayle's reaction to losing her grandmother and finding the key
Patty Gayle finding where the key goes
It made me laugh and cry with real human reactions to adventure and to the loss of a loved one
This was an adventure with a wonderful message of love and coming of age. I recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy and adventure of any age. The narration was spot on and enjoyable.
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